A tiny kitten survived a harrowing ordeal on the Verrazano Bridge after it was thrown from a moving car, landing near the edge of the bridge before being rescued by a passing animal control officer.
The officer was transporting animals to a Staten Island facility on Saturday and saw the gray kitten thrown out of the window, Animal Care & Control of NYC said Wednesday.
The officer quickly pulled the vehicle over to try and rescue the kitten, which was found near the edge of the bridge. Passing truck drivers stopped to help block traffic while the rescue occurred, animal control officials said.
The kitty was brought back to the animal care facility where his age was estimated at five weeks and he was named Verrazano.
Verrazano was not hurt when he was thrown from the car, officials said. The AC&C says the tenacious kitty will be available for adoption in about three to four weeks. Individuals interested in applying should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It is unthinkable that someone could do something so heartless and cruel to an animal,” said Julie Bank, executive director of AC&C.
The group is looking for the person who threw the cat from car and asking for help in locating that individual.
“If AC&C wasn’t crossing the bridge at that time who knows what may have happened to Verrazano," Bank said.