A cat traveling in a cage strapped to the hood of a car’s trunk outraged one Washington, D.C., driver so much that she posted footage of the scene to Facebook, in hopes of rescuing the cat involved.
According to WUSA 9 in Washington, D.C., which reported the story, a vet tech named Jessica Wright filmed the clip of the cat and tried to confront the driver.
When she eventually stopped the driver, “all he said was that it was a wild cat,” Wright told the station. Both cars were driving on the local beltway, where speeds reach 60 miles per hour, the story said.
“I was really upset about it,” Wright said, “I just can’t imagine in what world you wouldn’t think that, that wouldn’t be incredibly inhumane, but also like socially unacceptable.”
An animal protection officer told WUSA 9 that transporting an animal like this isn’t against the law.
However, “I’ve been doing this for 10 years and I have never seen that with a cat,” said Fairfax County Animal Protection Officer, Sgt. Kim England. “It’s really frustrating and disheartening. First of all, you wonder why.”
The station said Fairfax Police’s Animal Protection division is investigating other issues regarding this case.
Wright’s instinct was to help the feline, who was eventually released by the driver (she and two friends attempted to find it but to no avail).
“I’d like to help find a home for it. I’m assuming that it’s someone’s pet because I can’t imagine why you would want to relocate a wild cat and it didn’t seem dangerous or anything, he was able to pull it out of the trap and let it go,” she said. “That was such a callous and bold thing to do. I can’t believe he did that, so I want to make sure that other people are aware that, that is completely unacceptable.”