Jefferson County, Co. – On Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 2:20 p.m., Jeffco’s dispatch center received a call concerning the driver of vehicle that appeared to have thrown something furry with a tail out of the window as they were driving on westbound C-470 near Alameda. The suspect vehicle was last seen taking the C-470 ramp onto westbound I-70.
Jeffco Animal Control arrived on scene and located a deceased black cat in the roadway. Photographs were taken of the animal and it was examined for a microchip or collar in attempts to identify a possible owner. Nothing was found. The domestic shorthaired male cat was taken to Colorado State University where a necropsy was done. The necropsy confirmed that the cat died due to extensive trauma, listing a hip fracture, fractured upper jaw, fracture at the base of the skull, torn diaphragm and a contusion in the lungs.
The original caller described the suspect vehicle as a “sporty looking”, light blue Mercedes with a California license plate of SKARGO. A computer check of the plate listed to a 1987 Ford to a parts company in California. The caller also believed there was a baby seat in the back seat, but the caller did not see a baby in it. The driver was described as a heavy set white male or female with longer brown hair. The caller told authorities that they physically witnessed the cat being thrown from the driver’s window and was certain that it was not an accident, but an intentional act.
Anyone with additional information regarding this crime is urged to contact the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office tipline at 303-271-5612.