Kittens Thrown From a Moving Car

Fresno, CA This tiny kitten was adopted into a loving home Thursday. Andy McLain says his family wants to help reduce the Central California SPCA's massive stray animal population.

Andy Mclain said, "It's cheap, and it makes a lot of people happy, just to have a kitty lying on your lap, watching a football game, why not?"

SPCA officials say the economy, especially foreclosures, has forced more people to bring their animals to the shelter or let them stray.

In June, they took in about two-thousand stray dogs, compared to one-thousand during the same time last year.

Jana Huey of Fresno has rescued three of them. She said, "If people are educated about spay and neuter, it's less likely these animals will be homeless."

People aren't just leaving animals on streets or inside abandoned homes. Just a few days ago, someone was spotted throwing three kittens outside their window on Shaw. Only one survived.

Beth Caffrey said, "We had a wonderful concerned citizen that went out of her way, stopped her vehicle, stopped traffic to save this kitten."

Beth Caffrey of the SPCA took the kitten in. Seen here in this photo, she named him Steel, for his strength to get better.

Caffrey said, "He was very terrified, very hissy. But he's definitely coming out of his shell and doing well."

Caffrey brought Steel's story before the Fresno City Council Thursday. She wants people to recognize the growing problem and know what their options are. She said, "Don't do those kinds of things. Don't abandon them or bring them harm by throwing them out of a vehicle. Just bring them to the shelter and let us take care of them."

The SPCA's drop off center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although all of their shelters are full, the SPCA will not turn away any animal.

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