The pair of males, one orange, the other black, survived and “are actually in pretty good shape,” said Davis County Animal Shelter assistant director Tracy Roddom.
The two survived after they, their mother and two siblings were thrown from a moving vehicle on I-15 between Kaysville and Layton. The others did not survive.
A woman traveling home from work in Salt Lake City saw the cats being thrown from the vehicle at a couple of different locations between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Roddam said. She took the next exit and went back to rescue them.
“It’s an egregious crime,” Roddam said. Those who threw the cats from the vehicle were only 10 or 15 minutes away from the shelter in Fruit Heights, she said. “We would have taken them all in, no questions asked.”
The suspects in the case will likely face federal charges of animal abuse, Roddham said.
The suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark Ford F-150 pickup truck.
“We’re hopeful that someone saw something and will come forward,” Roddham said.
A $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those involved is being jointly offered by the national and Utah Humane Societies.
The Davis County Animal Shelter has alredy received many requests to adopt the kittens.
Anyone with information is asked to call the shelter at 801-444-2200.