Kittens thrown out of a car in Lehigh
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Lehigh Acres, Fla. - Throwing kittens out of a car, not once but twice? That's what one man says he saw while driving down the road in Lee County. Juan Rangel, 37, of Lehigh Acres has been charged with a third degree felony for abusing animals.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says a witness claims to have seen Rangel throw a four month old kitten and another cat out of his car window around ten o’clock Monday morning as he was driving down State Road 82.
The witness, who told deputies he saw the whole thing happen called 9-1-1.
One kitten died, the other, that Lee County Animal Services named “Bug” survived. “He obviously has been examined and we don't think anything's broken but we're going to keep monitoring him," said Ria Brown, the agency’s spokeswoman.
Investigators say when they pulled Rangel's car over it had cat tracks all over it and that the inside smelled like cats. The report even says Rangel had a book in his back seat called "All About Cats."
Rangel denied throwing the cats, so I went to his home to ask for his side of the story. I counted 5 cats at Rangel’s home. Dogs barked and it sounded like someone was moving around inside but no one answered the door.
While investigators continue looking for answers, we're told “Bug” is doing well and those taking care of him are optimistic about his future. "He's so small, even if he wasn't injured he wouldn't be big enough for adoption yet,” added Brown. “So, we're going to monitor him closely and then hopefully in about four weeks he'll be ready for a new home."Rangel has been charged with Animal Cruelty, a third degree felony, which carries up to five years in the penitentiary, if convicted, or possibly even more in Rangel's case as he is already a convicted felon.
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