Police are trying to identify an individual who threw a kitten from a car at a group of animal rights activists last week.
The 6 to 10 week-old tabby broke its leg hitting the pavement and died minutes later. The animal was tossed from the window of a silver or pearl Hyundai Sonata at a Sept. 1 Dolphin Project campaign against dolphin slaughter in Japan, WSOC-TV reported.
“I guess they found it funny, or they got a kick out of watching people who are working [to] try to help animals and deal with the sick and injured, which to me, makes it even worse" event organizer Bruce Pinckney told the station.
A veterinarian determined the kitten died of internal blood loss, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Pinckney told the Digital Journal that that the police response was "fantastic" and that the officer "was as pissed off about it as we were."
The Animal Legal Defense Fund announced Friday they are offering $2,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
ALDF executive director Stephen Wells said in a press release that the event indicates "an extremely dangerous personality is at large," pointing out that the person presents not only a danger to other animals, but to humans, too.
“Abusers almost always repeat violence against helpless animals and victimize humans as well," he said.
Demonstrators at the event decided to name the deceased kitten "Little Ric" in honor of Ric O'Barry, the campaign manager for The Dolphin Project.