Officials are searching for a person who threw a kitten out of a moving vehicle and toward a school bus in Winterport, Maine earlier this month.
The young feline, named "Hiccup" by the Ridge Runner Veterinary Services staff, survived the incident but was left with a broken leg. A school bus full of children witnessed the event, and their screams alerted the driver, according to the Bangor Daily News.
After stopping the vehicle, the school bus driver picked up the injured 9-week-old kitten and took him to the Rachel and Shannan Grooming Salon. Officials determined that Hiccup had been severely neglected, as he was emaciated and covered in fleas.
The kitten suffered a broken leg when he was thrown from the car. He has been seen by an orthopedic surgeon and it is possible he will have to have his leg amputated.
A detailed description of the vehicle involved in the animal abuse case was not immediately available. Anyone who witnessed the incident or with information is asked to contact the Winterport Sheriff’s Department at 1-800-660-3398.
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