Citizens are outraged after hearing about a man who threw a kitten out of a his moving vehicle on Friday.
An unnamed Columbus Police officer in an unmarked police car was fortunately driving behind the man, identified by Packet sources as Reginald Washington, a 46-year-old from Reform, Ala., pulled him over and rescued the kitten. Animal Control was called to the scene and issued Washington a ticket for animal cruelty.
The kitten, dubbed “Tuff Tommy” by the Columbus Lowndes Humane Society, is miraculously unharmed. He landed in a ditch off Hwy 45 North near Huckleberry Dr. when he was thrown from the car. According to reports, Washington told the animal control officer that the kitten was meowing too much, and had been making noises all day and the previous night.
The officer allegedly issued Washington a stern talking-to, along with the $200 ticket, about the example he was setting for his five-year-old son, who was with him when he threw the feline out of the passenger-side window.
Dozens of people have commented their outrage on the CLHS Facebook page, where Tommy is listed for adoption. “I’d like it if the cop tazed that guy,” said one man. “Someone needs to throw him outta a moving car cause they are tired of him being stupid,” said another. “A ticket was not harsh enough he should have been transported and booked in…. at least that way he would have to post bail, pay the towing fee and would be more apt to show in court” One woman said. “The guy should be thrown out of a plane. Then he could feel the same feeling this sweet face felt.”
“Tuff Tommy” is a medium-haired tabby and is currently at CLHS. According to the humane society, several people have already stepped forward with interest in adopting the kitty.