Kitten cruelty reward grows to $3,000

DIX HILLS, NY, & MELVILLE, NY ( /— The Suffolk County SPCA announced Saturday that the reward has grown to $3,000 to find, arrest, and convict the person or persons responsible for throwing a live kitten from a speeding car. 

When initially announced on Friday, the SPCA said it would reward $2,000 to help solve the case of animal cruelty. On Saturday, the New York State Humane Association pledged $1,000 toward the reward, bringing it to $3,000.

The reward offer comes after a live kitten was tossed from a speeding vehicle on the Northern State Parkway. Roy Gross, Chief of the SPCA, said the SPCA received a call on Thursday from someone who witnessed the black-and-white kitten thrown from a white-colored car at about 7:56 a.m.

The caller said the vehicle was on the Northern State Parkway traveling eastbound between exits 40 (Route 110) in Melville and 41 (Wolf Hill Road) in Dix Hills. Traffic was moving at about 70 miles per hour, well above the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit, according to the caller. The SPCA said the caller witnessed the kitten roll over to the side of the road and land in the grass, but the kitten was not struck by any vehicles.

The SPCA said the reward is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for throwing the kitten out of the vehicle.

The Suffolk County SPCA asks anyone with information to contact the SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential, the SPCA noted.

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