CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A woman said she watched a cat being thrown from a moving car on Interstate 480 Tuesday afternoon, according to a Facebook post.
“This was particularly just evil and cruel. It was really traumatizing,” the driver who stopped her car and called authorities said. She asked to remain anonymous for her interview with 19 News.
The incident reportedly happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-480 near the State Road exit, the post said.
According to the driver, she witnessed a cat with long black fur being tossed out of the window of another car that was also traveling down the highway.
“It was bouncing horrifically off the pavement and rolling like a tumbleweed and went right underneath my car,” she said. She also added the cat was not hit.
The cat ended up against the highway barrier wall, the post said. The driver stopped and called authorities.
Police arrived and tried to net the cat, which panicked and ran up the hill by the St. Leo the Great.
Police and concerned citizens reportedly continued to search for the cat but were unsuccessful.
The anonymous driver said she believes the incident could have been carried out deliberately: “Someone had to have thrown it from their car. That’s the only way a cat’s going to get in the middle of 480.”
She hopes this incident can serve as a reminder to care for animals in need.
“If [people] see animals outside, do something, try to get involved and try to help,” she said.
The Facebook posts asks those in the area to keep an eye out for the animal.