A family says they are devastated after witnessing a woman throw a cat out of her moving car onto the busy roadway.
Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control says they are now investigating this as a criminal case.
Stephanie Ralph and her teenage daughter said they witnessed the horrendous act.
“Her hands were off the wheel with two hands out the window and dropped the cat,” Ralph explains.
It was Saturday night around 10:30 p.m. on Ellington Parkway North.
“From the impact, the cat was not moving. I saw the hair go everywhere and the cat was not moving at all,” said Ralph.
She made sure her daughter recorded video of the car taking off toward I-65 North in Madison.
“Throwing an animal from a moving car is not only inhumane it’s criminal,” said J.D. White with MACC.
He says abandoned animals are a problem that doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
“We average around 400 calls a year for abandonment issues and that’s been pretty steady since 2015.”
White adds that there are a number of options if you can no longer take care of your animal, but that this case goes beyond dumping.
“There is really no good excuse to throw an animal from a moving vehicle that’s beyond trying to get rid of the animal. You are being cruel and inhumane,” said White.
Ralph hopes the woman is found and faces charges.
“As a cat lover, I do help rehabilitate animals that have possibly been abandoned or abused so to see something like this in real life, it was pretty devastating and to see my child, my 14-year-old, to witness this also.”
If you see someone hurt an animal like this call police with as many details as possible like Ralph did.
You can call MACC if you see an abandoned animal or if you can no longer care for your pet at 615-862-7928.