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Help catch the scum that threw a cat out of a car in Aberdeen

The Scottish SPCA has launched an appeal for help in identifying those responsible for throwing a cat from a red hatchback car travelling on Cairngorm Drive, Kincorth, on Tuesday morning at approximately 7:45 am.

Witnesses to the incident saw a following car run over the cat, after which the cat tumbled to the side of the road before darting away through gardens and settling on a window ledge.

Remarkably, the grey and white female tabby cat escaped with minor injuries and is now recovering at the Scottish SPCA’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Drumoak, where staff have named her Delilah.

I suppose it’s relatively unlikely anyone will be held to account for this act of animal cruelty, but it is right that efforts should be made to find those behind it.

I recall reading a number of papers published some years ago, where it was found that people who carry out such acts were likely to carry on and become child abusers, and that this sort of activity with people’s pets was merely practice for more serious form of abuse.

Animal Rescue Officer Karen Hogg said: “Understandably Delilah was absolutely petrified when I came to collect her and she just wanted to coory into me for comfort.

“I took her straight to the vet to be examined but amazingly she has survived her terrifying ordeal with only scuffing to the pads of her feet and a small scrape on her nose, although we’ll continue to monitor her condition in our care.

“The couple who witnessed the incident said they saw something being thrown from the car before it sped off and then they saw the cat lying on the road. Unfortunately they said the car travelling closely behind ran right over the top of her and she tumbled to the side of the road before darting away through gardens and settling on a window ledge.

“Delilah has used up at least two of her nine lives in what appears to have been an incredibly cruel act.

“Although this was a fairly quiet, residential street, it is just off a busy main road so someone may have seen the car in the area and may have noticed the occupants acting suspiciously.

“We are very keen to trace the person or persons responsible for Delilah’s abandonment so we are asking anyone who recognises the cat or witnessed the incident to contact our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.”

Via Cat in care after being thrown from car in Kincorth area of Aberdeen | Aberdeen & North | News | STV

Delilah Car Throw Cat

Delilah, thrown from car. Pic via Scottish SPCA

I can’t lay hands on it again, but just a few weeks ago, had a video from Russia which actually caught someone doing this in the centre of a road junction – the driver threw the kitten out as he crossed the junction. I don’t know what happened, as this was only a short clips only showing this action.

Delilah was very lucky, as these two videos show, and also highlight the difference between animal care in the US and the UK, where we have organisations such as the Scottish SPCA:

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August 21, 2013 - Posted by | Appeal | , , ,

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