NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Animal Care & Control of NYC says one of its employees witnessed a kitten being thrown from the window of a moving car on the Verrazano Bridge Saturday.

In a news release, the non-profit pet organization said an animal control officer stopped his vehicle and helped rescue the kitten with the assistance of some truck drivers, who blocked traffic.

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The kitten, which was at the edge of the bridge, was rescued and taken to AC&C’s Staten Island Care Center.

Staff at the facility decided to name the five-month old black kitten “Verrazano.”

“It is unthinkable that someone could do something so heartless and cruel to an animal,” said Julie Bank, Executive Director of AC&C.

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The organization is looking for more witnesses to come forward with any information that would help find the person or persons responsible for throwing the kitten.

If you have any information, you can email the group at or visit

Meanwhile, the latest act of animal cruelty follows a similar one on Long Island last month. A 9-week-old black kitten was thrown from a moving vehicle on June 8 in Amityville.

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The Suffolk County SPCA was offering a $1,000 reward for information in that case.