Animal cruelty charges will not be filed in connection with alleged kitten-throwing incident in August due to lack of evidence
NORTHAMPTON — Citing a “complete lack of physical evidence” and other factors, State Police will not seek animal cruelty charges in connection with a claim that kittens were thrown from a moving car in August.
In a statement, State Police said that after a comprehensive investigation and a review by the Northwestern district attorney’s office there is nothing to support the allegation that kittens were thrown from a car window.
State Police were contacted Aug. 5 and told that a woman was seen throwing two cats from her car in the area of the Hebrew Society Cemetery on Routes 5 and 10.
After conducting interviews, police said they determined that the witness never saw an arm extend from the driver’s side of the car and could not confirm if the car’s window was ever rolled down.
The driver of the car cooperated with police, including allowing them to examine the interior of her vehicle for cat hairs or any other evidence to support the witness’s claim. No evidence was found, according to State Police.
The driver of the vehicle denied having cats in her car or throwing any out the window.
State Police said that given the lack of physical evidence and their finding that no one was observed throwing anything from the car, a criminal complaint in the matter will not be sought.