Talbot Humane is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of parties who were observed throwing eight to ten cats from a moving vehicle on the St. Michaels Road (Rt. 33) Saturday evening at approximately 11:00 P.M.
An eyewitness reported observing a vehicle traveling at approximately 30 MPH near Royal Oak. The witness and her passenger were unsure what was happening in the road ahead, but reported observing a vehicle slow down and its occupants throw objects into the road. They realized they were seeing live animals when they noticed “eight to ten sets of green eyes” reflecting in their headlights. Most of the cats scattered and ran into nearby woods and the surrounding area.
Erica Seymour stopped her vehicle when she discovered two remaining cats in the road, and was able to rescue them. “They are the sweetest cats,” she said. “I can’t imagine anyone wanting to get rid of such affectionate pets in such a horrible way.”
Seymour and her husband, Ed, cared for the two recovered cats over the weekend. They delivered them to Talbot Humane on Monday morning, unable to keep them due to family members with allergies. “They are really affectionate and would make some nice people very happy,” remarked Seymour. “The larger one just wants to cuddle all the time.”
Talbot Humane’s Executive Director, Brian Metcalf, praised Seymour for her compassion and quick thinking. According to Metcalf, Talbot Humane is offering the reward because, “Cruelty to animals is a crime, and will not be tolerated.”
“It is unconscionable that anyone would toss these beautiful, helpless and trusting animals from a moving vehicle, especially in pet-friendly Talbot County,” Metcalf stated. He urged anyone with information pertaining to the suspects or the whereabouts of the missing cats to contact him personally.
“We must bring those who enjoy inflicting cruelty upon others to justice,” Metcalf added. He indicated that Talbot Humane is accepting donations in an effort to increase the amount of the reward.
The organization also is asking residents along the St. Michaels Road to be on the lookout for unfamiliar cats which may appear near homes searching for food. It is believed that approximately eight cats ran from the road where they were dumped. They are likely juveniles in immediate need of food and water.
“These were probably someone’s pets and they are much safer in our shelter than running wild,” Metcalf explained. “If residents can help identify the area where they have relocated, the cats would have a good chance of being rescued.”
Judging from the temperaments of the two rescued cats, according to Talbot Humane staff, who have named them “Hugs” and “Kisses,” the missing cats may be quite friendly and affectionate.
Anyone with information about the identification of those who discarded the animals, or the location of the missing cats, should call the shelter at 410-822-0107.
Donations may be made to the reward fund by visiting Talbot Humane at 7894 Ocean Parkway in Easton.