All those involved in the horrific act are now wanted by the police and when caught, will be charged to the fullest extent of the law.

A cat was tossed out of a car window in the Stevens-Swan Humane Society (SSHS) parking lot.

Officials with the shelter said a car pulled into the shelter parking lot, turned the vehicle around, and before exiting the lot onto Route 12 – tossed a cat out of the window, then drove off. [WKTV]

Thankfully the criminal act was caught on the SSHS security video system and is currently being reviewed by authorities as they attempt to retrieve the license plate number.  When it's released to the public, we'll be sure to post it for you.

“It's just taking the next steps to try and find these people and hopefully get this cat some justice,” shelter manager John Treen said. [WKTV]


Treen tells WKTV that although the shelter was closed when the incident happened, we were on site.

We were there. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot so they could have attempted to contact one of us...Even though we were closed to the public we were still there answering the doors, answering the phones, and working and taking care of the animals. [WKTV]


If you have any information about this incident, you’re asked to contact the SSHS at (315) 738-4357. 

Some think you need to pay a fee to surrender your pet. If you find yourself in a position where you can no longer take care of your pets properly, you can turn them into Stevens-Swan with no fee. They'll ask if you can make a small donation, but if you can't, it's ok, they'll still take the animal.

It's in the animals best interest for the owner to surrender the pet instead of claiming it's a stray. If the pet is turned in as a stray, then there's a mandatory 5-day holding period. If the pet is turned in as a stray with a dog license tag, then the waiting period is increased 10 days. During that holding period, Stevens-Swan can't give the animal any veterinary care if it's sick or start the adoption process because they don't own the pet. It's so much harder on the animal.

You can turn your pet in without paying a fee, and it's much better for the animal if the owner tells the truth. Stevens-Swan understands that most surrenders are out of the pet parents control, but there's no need to make it harder on the animal because of the fear of being judged or humiliated. That will not happen at the Stevens-Swans Humane Society.

Stevens-Swan Humane Society is located at 5664 Horatio Street, Utica. Phone (315) 738-4357 Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm or Saturday 11 am - 4 pm.

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