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One-pound kitten seriously injured after being thrown from speeding vehicle

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KREM 2 News reported today that a one-pound kitten was thrown from a speeding vehicle in Spokane, Washington, sustaining major injuries. According to KREM 2 News, the vehicle was traveling along Trent Ave. on Thursday when the kitten was thrown out of the window, much to the horror of witnesses who stopped to help the five-week-old baby.

A good Samaritan took the injured kitten to Dr. Tami Boettcher at Pet Savers, and the veterinarian was able to help the little kitten. "All she saw was the kitten come flying out the window. She was just flabbergasted," stated Dr. Boettcher.

The kitten, who weighs approximately one pound, sustained serious injuries in the incident. Dr. Boettcher treated the kitten's severe eye trauma and put a splint on his broken leg. Thanks to the quick action of the good Samaritan and Dr. Boettcher’s care, the kitten should recover. Dr. Boettcher has taken the kitten home to ensure that he can receive around-the-clock care – and some much-needed love, as well.

The identity of the kitten’s abuser remains unknown. Witnesses stated that they were preoccupied with rescuing the kitten and did not get a good description of the suspect.

While the kitten is on the mend, he will need continued medical care – and soon, a home of his own. If you are interested in donating to the kitten's medical expenses or if you would like to adopt him, call Pet Savers at (509) 924 7826.

Washington state has strong animal cruelty laws to protect animals from abuse and neglect. Animal cruelty in the first degree (RCW 16.52.205) is defined as:

(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized in law, he or she intentionally:
(a) inflicts substantial pain on,
(b) causes physical injury to, or
(c) kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering, or forces a minor to inflict unnecessary pain, injury, or death on an animal.

(2) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized by law, he or she, with criminal negligence, starves, dehydrates, or suffocates an animal and as a result causes:
(a) Substantial and unjustifiable physical pain that extends for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering; or
(b) death.

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