A kitten has died and another is hurt after they were thrown from a moving car on an Auckland motorway.
The SPCA has called the incident “a horrific act of cruelty”.
A witness saw the two kittens being hurled from the car on Wednesday afternoon, near the Greenhithe Bridge heading toward Albany.
One of the two cats had “miraculously” suffered only minor injuries, SPCA Auckland chief executive Andrea Midgen said.
“After being rescued by the SPCA Auckland inspectorate she is now receiving care and veterinary treatment.”
However, its sibling did not survive.
The SPCA is now investigating the incident and has asked for anyone in the area on Wednesday early afternoon to come forward.
“This is a despicable act that inflicted serious pain and suffering on two innocent cats. It’s important that those responsible for this cruelty are held accountable,” Ms Midgen said.
The car was heading towards Albany on the bridge, also known as the Upper Harbour Bridge.
The appeal comes just days after Pippi the cat was found with its ears cut off on the North Shore.
It has since been reunited with her owners.
“We want to send a clear message to all Aucklanders that intentionally harming and causing injuries to animals is absolutely unacceptable,” Ms Midgen said. NZN