"Who does this? Who puts an animal in a moving vehicle and throws it out. It is sick. It is sad," Jefferson County Sheriff's spokesperson Jacki Kelley said.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says its dispatch center got a call just before 2:30 p.m. on April 5 that a driver had thrown something furry with a tail out of the window on the highway. The caller said they saw the cat being thrown from the driver's window and the caller felt certain it was not an accident and it was intentional.
"The caller said it looked like the person rolled down the window and held a live animal out the window," Kelley said.
She says the cat was struggling for awhile before the driver threw it.
Jeffco Animal Control went to the scene and found a dead black cat in the road near the concrete median. They were not able to find a microchip or a collar to identify the owner.
"We don't know if this was the driver's pet or if the animal belonged to someone else," Kelley said.
A necropsy on the cat was done at Colorado State University and it found that the cat had extensive trauma, including fractures to the hip, jaw and skull. Those results will be part of a felony animal abuse investigation if deputies can find the person responsible.
"If you do this, where do you stop?" Kelley asked. "Are you willing to do something more tragic next time? They need to be held accountable."
The caller described the car as a "sporty looking," light blue Mercedes with a California license plate of SKARGO. Investigators say a computer check shows the plate listed to a 1987 Ford that belongs to a parts company in California.
The caller told investigators the driver was a heavy-set man or a woman with long, brown hair. The caller also thought there was a baby seat in the back seat, but didn't see a baby in it.
The car where the cat came from was last seen taking the C-470 ramp onto westbound Interstate 70.
Anyone with additional information regarding this crime is urged to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tip line at 303-271-5612.
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