Man Throws Kitten Like Fastball: Brave Teen Comes to Rescue


By Beth Laurer of Indiana

About five years ago while I was at work, I received a call from my 18-year-old daughter. She was almost hysterical. Between sobs she explained she was visiting a friend and the neighbor next door to her friend’s house appeared with a kitten.  He was raging with anger stating the kitten had scratched his baby.  He proceeded to throw the kitten across a huge field next to where he lived.

My daughter began to run after the kitten and he began to run after her.  She found the kitten and the man threatened to knock her teeth out if she tried to help the kitten.  He grabbed the kitten and threw it on the roof of an abandoned hospital.  She was terrified of the man and pretended to leave.  She waited and when the man walked back across the field and into his house, she climbed up on the hospital roof and found the kitten in a ball. She brought it down with her and immediately called me.

Between sobs she said she feared the kitten was badly hurt.  I told her to take the kitten to the veterinarian and have it examined.  Not only did the vet save the kitten’s life, but he also gave my daughter the phone number for animal cruelty.  She called them and gave them the address of the man and a description of him. It turns out that he was already on probation.

He was arrested for animal cruelty. When my daughter talked with the animal cruelty officers, it was learned the distance the kitten was thrown was as big as half a football field.  She was a miracle kitten.  She is now grown up and lives with me. My daughter named her Cleo and she is loved by me, my daughter and all my cats.

Photo of Cleo All Grown Up


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P M.
Dai M2 years ago

Long jail time & heavy fines for this jerk!

sandra mason
sandra m2 years ago

How do you say People are great and People suck all in one sentence? Yay for the girl and I hope the guy dies in prison.

darcy cayre
Darcy C2 years ago

Standing Ovation for this girl! and her mother too because she definitely taught her daughter not to be afraid of men.

Caroline B.
Caroline B2 years ago

Love and blessings to a brave young woman!

Fi T.
Past Member 3 years ago

The adults should learn from the teen

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G3 years ago

poor little kitty

Anais Deroint
Anais Deroint3 years ago

Congratulation to her, she was smart by pretending to leave and going to rescue him after, it was the best thing to do. She was also brave. Shame on that man, my scratched my nephew when he was only a baby too and we never beat him for that!

Vicky Locke
Vicky Locke3 years ago

Kudos to this young woman for her courage and perseverance! I'm so glad that Cleo is doing so well in her furever home, thanks to such GOOD people!

Mary Cromley
.3 years ago

Horrible man. Needs to have his head banged into a wall to knock some sense into him. Glad the kitten was saved and in a good home.

Sara Sezun
Sara S3 years ago

Your daughter is a very compassionate girl with a lot of courage. Clearly, her love and your love save Cleo's life.