A necropsy determined that the female kitten, estimated to be six to eight weeks old, died from acute blood loss caused by trauma, said Melissa Knicely, a public information specialist at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control Unit.
Authorities are trying to determine who was responsible for the incident, which occurred shortly before noon on Sept. 1. Witnesses, including activists protesting the start of Japan’s dolphin hunting season, told police that the kitten was thrown from the window of a silver or white Hyundai Sonata with tinted windows, and that she died minutes later.
“It’s still an active investigation,” Knicely told Examiner.com. “We’d love to get some leads.”
Several people at the scene held the kitten and tried to comfort her in her final moments, said Burton Pinckney, who organized the dolphin protest and believes it was "too much of a coincidence" that the kitten was thrown right in front of his event.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Charlotte Crime Stoppers hotline at 704-334-1600.
UPDATE: The Animal Legal Defense Fund, a national nonprofit based in California, announced Sept. 6 that it is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.