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Provo man accused of throwing kittens out of car window

Mug shot: Robert Earl Corliss
Posted at 8:41 AM, Jul 28, 2020

PROVO, Utah — Provo Police arrested a man Thursday afternoon after a witness reported the man threw two kittens out the passenger window of a car.

Robert Earl Corliss, 59, faces a class A misdemeanor charge of aggravated cruelty to an animal in connection with the incident.

According to Provo PD, the witness followed Corliss from the area of 50 N Freedom Blvd. to a nearby post office, "where he was able to get a clear physical description of Corliss and a license plate for Corliss' vehicle."

Police made contact with Corliss and informed him of the allegation, but they said Corliss denied it.

"I was able to observe that Corliss had cat hair all over the front of his green t-shirt and when confronted with the information that a witness had observed him throw the kittens out of the passenger side of the vehicle and was able to describe him exactly he continued to deny the allegations," a Provo officer wrote.

Police found a dead kitten in the road and photographed it for evidence, but did not locate a second kitten.

Corliss was booked into the Utah County Jail on the misdemeanor charge.