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No Charges in Northampton Cat Incident

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – State Police say there is no evidence to suggest that a woman threw two cats from a moving car in August, and as a result, no charges will be filed.

Back on August 5, witnesses reported seeing two cats thrown from a moving car along Route 5 in Northampton.

One cat was killed and other ran away.

State Police spokesperson David Procopio says his department began an investigation to determine if the driver of the car would face animal cruelty charges.

Procopio adds that information from witnesses indicates that “[the witnesses] never saw the driver’s arms extending toward or through the car window.”

Witnesses were also “not able to confirm that the driver’s side window was even rolled down,” Procopio says.

The driver was interviewed by police, and she allowed investigators to check the interior of her car for cat hair or any other evidence.

State Police say that nothing was found in the car and the driver vigorously denied any allegation that she ever had cats in the car or ever threw a cat from a car window.

“Given the lack of any observation of [the driver] throwing anything from her car, her cooperation with police, and the complete lack of physical evidence in the vehicle, State Police, in consultation with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, will not seek a criminal complaint in connection with this incident,” Procopio concludes.

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