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Kitten and bunny cruelly thrown from black sports car in Derbyshire village

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A kindly couple have rescued a kitten and a young rabbit that were cruelly hurled from the window of what was described as a black sports car. The RSPCA has launched an investigation to find the person responsible for the act of brutality in a Derbyshire village.

A woman was driving along Broomhill Road, in Old Whittingham, on Tuesday, September 20, when she saw a rabbit and a kitten thrown the vehicle before the driver sped off.

The kind-hearted woman managed to safely capture the rabbit and took the pet into the care of RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Branch. She was unable to locate the kitten which had run away.

Two days later she was driving her husband to work through the area and spotted the kitten, aged about six months old. Her husband managed to entice the pet using chicken from his sandwiches and they also then took the kitten into the care of the Branch.

Steph McCawley, supporter engagement officer at the branch, said: “These poor pets were callously thrown from a car window and left in such a vulnerable position – it was so lucky they were found and we are now caring for them.

“Fortunately they appear unscathed from this awful act and are doing well in our care. Neither of the pets are microchipped so we will look after them in case an owner can be found. If not then they will be put up for adoption when they are settled.



A kitten and a young rabbit were hurled from a black sports car in Broomhill Road, in Old Whittingham, near Chesterfield, on Tuesday, September 20, 2022
A kitten and a young rabbit were hurled from a black sports car in Broomhill Road, in Old Whittingham, near Chesterfield, on Tuesday, September 20, 2022

“We are really worried about people abandoning their pets in such awful ways especially with the cost of living crisis ongoing. Our new Animal Kindness Index tells us that almost one in five owners are worried about feeding their pets.

“Times are tough at the moment and we understand that many families are struggling to cope, and we fear that we’ll see many, many more pets being relinquished to charities or abandoned because their owners simply don’t know where to turn.

“But abandoning pets like this is so irresponsible and cruel. Please, please never abandon your pet but ask for help before things get so desperate.”

Steph is urging anyone with information about this incident to call the centre on 01246 273358 (between Tuesday – Sunday 12pm – 3pm) or the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 1234 999.

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