Hollister, CA

Kittens thrown from moving car onto roadside, police allege in horrifying animal cruelty case

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A troubling animal cruelty case involving three kittens is being reviewed by prosecutors in a community outside the San Francisco Bay Area, police announced this week.

Police in Hollister, Calif., south of San Jose in San Benito County said the District Attorney will determine whether charges will be filed in a June incident where three kittens were tossed from a moving SUV into a road.

“On June 26, 2021, Hollister Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Highway 25 and Union Road for an animal detail,” police stated. “Officers contacted the reporting party who had reportedly witnessed a driver inside a white Ford Explorer release three kittens from the moving vehicle and onto the shoulder of the road.”

Police spent the last few weeks investigating the troubling allegations.

“Hollister Police Officers obtained statements and additional information regarding this case, which was later referred to Animal Control at Hollister Police Animal Care and Services for follow up,” police continued. “A thorough investigation was conducted by Animal Control Officers and the case is being forwarded to the San Benito County District Attorney’s office for review. As with all pending cases we do not comment or provide any specific details to the public.”

Officers urged to avoid acts of animal cruelty, warning they could be punishable by prison time.

“Hollister Police Animal Care and Services would like to remind the public that malicious and intentional killing of an animal can be charged as a felony crime,” officers warned. “A conviction for felony animal abuse is punishable in state prison for up to three years. Animal Care and Services would also like to remind the public that if you can no longer care for an animal, they may be surrendered to the Hollister Animal Shelter located at 1331 South Street, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Animal Control at (831) 636-4320.”

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