JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office are hoping someone has information about an animal cruelty case that will lead them to a suspect.
At about 2:20 p.m. on April 5 JeffCo’s dispatch center received a call concerning a driver of a vehicle that appeared to have thrown something furry with a tail out of the window as they were driving on westbound C-470 near Alameda.
The suspect vehicle was last seen taking the C-470 ramp onto westbound Interstate 70.
JeffCo Animal Control officers rushed to the area and found a dead black cat in the road. The cat did not have a microchip or a collar so officers were unable to trace it back to its owner.
The domestic short-haired male cat was taken to Colorado State University where a necropsy was conducted. The cat died from extensive trauma, including a hip fracture, fractured upper jaw, fracture at the base of the skull, torn diaphram and a contusion in the lungs.
The original caller to JeffCo dispatch described the vehicle as a “sporty looking” light blue Mercedes with a California license plate of SKARGO. A computer check of the plate is listed to a 1987 Ford for a parts company in California. The caller also believed there was a baby seat in the back seat but the caller did not see a baby in it.
The driver was described as a heavy set white male or female with longer brown hair. The caller told authorities that they witnessed the cat being thrown from the window and was certain it wasn’t an accident but an intentional act.
Anyone with additional information regarding this crime is urged to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office tipline at 303-271-5612.