Oscar Romero and his son Victor Romero were charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for throwing kittens out of their truck passenger window near the Walker Animal Shelter in Walker, La.
The men were each charged with four counts of abandonment.
According to The Advocate, a press release from Walker Police Captain John Sharp, stated Victor Romero, 31, of Satsuma brought four kittens into the Walker Animal Shelter and told the shelter director that he found the kittens and wanted to drop them off. The shelter refused to take the kittens because they were found outside of Walker’s city limits.
Romero was very angry and left, and said he would solve the problem another way. The shelter director followed Romero and witnessed Romero get back in his truck and leave, however the men stopped nearby on Ball Park Road and tossed the kittens out of the passenger side window.
When confronted by authorities Oscar Romero, 53, resisted arrest.
The older Romero was charged with four counts of animal cruelty, careless operation of a vehicle, driving while suspended, and resisting arrest. Romero’s son was charged with four counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
“Although I think these two men are despicable for throwing the kittens out of a truck, they did try to do the right thing. I think shelters have to be more flexible. The man came in with the kittens, and he obviously didn’t want them. Why the shelter director couldn’t take them is beyond me. I think she is partially to blame,” stated Stacy Jackson, of Boca Raton, Fla. “Above all, however, is the continuing problem of pet owners not getting their dogs and cats neutered. Come on already. Those are the people I blame the most.”
The kittens are reported to be doing fine.
According to the City of Walker Animal Control’s Facebook, two of the adorable eight-week-old kittens have been adopted. Please adopt your next four legged companion to help with the seriously overcrowded pet population.
What do you think of this situation? Should the shelter have taken the kittens when Romero tried to surrender them?
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