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May 14, 2014

Kittens rescued from certain death

Burnside —

Why would anyone do such a thing? Desperation? Anger? Simply not caring? Perhaps even sadism? We may never know.
What we do know is that last Friday a motorist passing over the Lake Cumberland bridge at Burnside lowered the car’s window and tossed out two kittens. The driver apparently was trying to hurl the kittens over the bridge railing and to certain death in the cold waters of Lake Cumberland a hundred feet below.
In a stroke of fate, the driver missed his target and the kittens — bloodied and shivering with fright — struck the bustling bridge deck. Instinctively they huddled together as if as a pair they could withstand the impact of vehicles zooming across the bridge.
Fortunately for the kitties, a volunteer with Pulaski County Humane Society witnessed the disquieting event, stopped and, ignoring personal peril, rescued the “babies.” With the help of another Humane Society member, the victims were rushed to a veterinarian.
The diagnosis: The kittens were malnourished, flea-infested and suffered from infected eyes and road rash from their brush with death. One of the kittens hit the bridge deck with such force that it’s lip was torn from its gum, requiring surgery to repair the damage.
The animals — now in the compassionate care of the Humane Society — most certainly will carry physical scars from their mistreatment. Only time will tell what toll their psychological trauma may take.
Under Kentucky’s 2008 Romeo Law, the perpetrator of last Friday’s incident, if apprehended, could be charged with a Class D felony.
Ironically, Romeo’s Law was created after a Pulaski County man was caught on videotape cruelly beating his dog, Romeo.
At the time of the bill’s passage outlawing torturing of a dog or cat, some lawmakers suggested it would be a much strong piece of legislation if it also authorized judges to require psychiatric evaluations and order treatment for animal abusers, and also banned convicted abusers from owning, keeping or living with animals.

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