A couple driving down a freeway in Dearborn, Mich. saw a furry black kitten thrown from a moving car, going at least 70 miles an hour.
Ronald Haas and Niel Rishoi said they went into “shock mode” as they saw the kitten run to the side of the road to a retaining wall. The couple pulled over and saved the kitten.
“I had to take my shirt off and put it over her because she was so scared and panicked and we brought her home,” Haas told ABC’s Detroit affiliate, WXYZ.
The kitten was not injured. The couple brought her home, decided to adopt her, and named her Dora. The couple already owned two dogs and said they were happy to have her.
Since they were unable to catch the license plate number of the vehicle from which Dora had been thrown, Hass and Rishoi decided not to contact police.
An official with the local animal shelter said the police did receive several calls from other witnesses but could not find the cat once they arrived on the scene. They encouraged the couple to report the adoption to the police and shelter for their records.
“Seeing people make a bad decision, and then seeing some good people made a good decision right on the heels of that is a great thing. I’m so very glad they took the cat,” said Sandy Boulton of the Dearborn Animal Shelter. “I think animals are unbelievably resilient.”
An officer with the Dearborn police department, who asked not to be named, told ABC News that the area where the cat was thrown is a nice suburb, west of Detroit, between poor areas of town — people often abandon animals on that stretch of the Southfield Freeway.
“Instead of bringing them to the animal shelter, they dump them. It’s horrible,” the officer said.
The officer said they picked up four dogs on the freeway last week, and also said the department deals with animals being dumped on the side of the road at least once a week. Most of the abandoned animals are dogs.
“At the very same time that was going on, I was getting a German shepherd off the same freeway area,” the officer said.
“We are elated that we were able to save her, but I don’t think we’ll ever get over the inhumanity done to this little creature,” said Rioshi.