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Kittens who survived being thrown from car at freeway speeds have died, reward offered in case

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Posted at 9:48 PM, Nov 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-21 23:48:26-05

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — Two kittens who survived being tossed out of a moving car near Kaysville on Halloween have died.

Janita Coombs with the animal rescue organization CAWS confirms that, despite tremendous effort by Davis County Animal Services and others, the kittens passed away earlier this month from feline distemper.

Coombs said they had a weakened immune system, and it’s possible the stress from being thrown from the car made their condition worse.

A woman driving on I-15 saw a total of five cats thrown from the window of car moving at freeway speeds. She pulled over to rescue the cats but found only two had survived. A mother cat and three other kittens died on impact.

The Humane Society of Utah and the Humane Society of the United States are offering a combined reward of $7,500 for any information leading to a conviction in the crime.