Reward being offered after kittens tossed from cars near Neuse River Bridge

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A reward is now being offered in one Eastern Carolina county after kittens were tossed from moving cars.

Craven County deputies say since early June there have been several kittens found near the Neuse River Bridge with road rash injuries. Eyewitnesses have seen the kittens thrown from moving vehicles in the area.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is now offering a reward of $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. "Violence against companion animals is one of the strongest predictors for other crimes and violent acts," said Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells.

Deputies say multiple kittens have been treated for severe injuries and they say it is unlikely they fell out of the vehicle after crawling under an axel or fender. They say there is at least one suspect in the case.

Anyone who information on the animal cruelty should call the Craven County Sheriff's Office at (252) 636-6620 or the Craven County Animal Cruelty investigator at (252) 636-6631.