Kitten Dumped On Busy Highway

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

City Ordinance Sec. 6.04.035
Cruelty to Animals

It is unlawful for any person to commit the crime of cruelty to animals. Cruelty to animals is:

(1) Knowingly or recklessly, but not maliciously killing or causing physical injury to any animal;

(2) Knowingly abandoning or leaving any animal in any place without making provisions for its proper care;

(3) Having physical custody of any animal and knowingly failing to provide adequate care, such as food, potable water, protection from the elements, opportunity for exercise and other care as is needed for the health or well-being of such kind of animal, or to carry any animal in or upon any vehicle in a cruel or inhumane manner. Any animal kept outside shall be provided with a structurally sound, weatherproof enclosure, large enough to accommodate the animal;

(4) Every operator of a motor vehicle or other self-propelled vehicle upon the streets and ways of the city, except emergency vehicles, shall immediately, upon injuring, striking, maiming or running down any animal, notify the Police Department (911) of the location, and the Police Department will notify such agency as may be providing injury service

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Friday, September 13, 2013

A kitten is left on the side of a busy highway on Monday afternoon.

"I just couldn't believe it. He had blood coming out of his mouth. He had blood coming out of his nose. I didn't know how hurt he was," said Jenny Starkey, who rescued the kitten.

Starkey and a friend were driving on the eastbound lanes of West Kellogg, just west of I-235, when they spotted the kitten on the busy highway.

She believes someone dumped the malnourished and dehydrated kitten.

"It is really sad. I just don't know why people would do that to an animal," said Starkey. "If you don't want them, take them to the Humane Society."

Staff at the Kansas Humane Society welcome any pets that can no longer be taken care of by the owners.

"The last thing you want to do is abandon your animal. Not only is it a terrible thing to do to your animal and for the animal's future, but it's actually illegal in Kansas," said Jennifer Campbell, director of communications for the Kansas Humane Society.

Although there have been no increases in the number of people dumping pets on the side of roads, Wichita Animal Control services staff want to remind people that it is illegal to do so.

"Absolutely not legal to dump or abandon an animal. You can be charged with an abandonment of an animal, which is a cruelty to animals charge," said Dennis Graves, supervisor.

The kitten found on Kellogg has since been adopted by the Starkey family and they have named him Kellogg.

If you are a pet owner, who can no longer take care of your pet, then you can bring the pet to the Kansas Humane Society. It is free of charge. The Kansas Humane Society can be reached at 316-524-9196.

If you find a stray animal, then you can bring it to the Wichita Animal Control offices. There is an after hours drop off on the side of the building, but you need to fill out a form. This service is also free of charge. The Wichita Animal Control can be reached at 316-350-3360.

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