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Kitten recovering after being thrown from truck in Bay City

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A drive through Bay City came to a halt for a local couple after they say someone threw a pair of small kittens out of the window of a moving vehicle.

“I was just like, ‘get the cat. Get it out of the road,’” said Julie Herek.

She and her boyfriend were driving on Salzburg Avenue in Bay City Saturday night when the person in front of them threw two kittens out of the window of their truck.

“It’s bouncing off the ground, hitting the bottom of the truck,” Herek said.

One of the kittens ran off, but the second – who is now named Lilac – was left startled and shocked in the middle of that busy street. It was then hit by a car.

“It clipped its face. It just spun in circles and went flying to the side. I was almost in tears. I was like, ‘oh my god. You have to go get the cat,’” Herek said.

That is just what they did.

“I was like, ‘is it dead?’ And he’s like, ‘no.’ Its face was all bloody, had a bloody nose, but you could see it was breathing,” Herek said.

The kitten suffered injuries to her legs and head and underwent emergency treatment.

Her rescuer said the person who tossed the kittens was driving an older green truck with a cab. She has a message for them.

“If you can’t take care of a pet, there’s many people that would. So, I think finding an alternative, even taking it to the animal shelter, not dropping it out of a moving vehicle on a busy street,” Herek said.

Lilac is in the care of Cathy Abbott, who is fostering her.

Abbott hasn’t given up on that second kitten either. She spent her day searching.

“It’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” Abbott said.

Usually, animals in these types of situations are on the hunt for a good home. Luckily, Herek said she will be adopting Lilac once she is healed.

“I’ve never really been a cat person. I’ve always been a dog person, but I just have an emotional attachment to this cat. Just need it in my life. Once it’s healthy I will be keeping her,” Herek said.

The non-profit Shelter Angels covered Lilac’s medical expenses.

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