A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who dumped several kittens off the Maybank Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina, Fox Carolina News reported June 3.
Officially known as the Paul J. Gelegotis Bridge, this bridge and viaduct carries the Maybank Highway over Stono River. The highest point of the bridge is 65 feet, leading officials to believe the point wasn’t just to injure, but to drown. Three kittens have been located over the past two weeks after being dumped at the bridge.
The first kitten was found a few weeks ago and didn’t survive. A tabby estimated at 5-6 weeks old, was found by William McKenzie on Tuesday, May 31. Dubbed ‘Javelin’, the little kitten was covered in sand and debris and had a laceration beneath its nose, allegedly from being thrown from a car.
On Thursday, June 2, just two days after Javelin was saved, Wayne Clark was walking the bridge for exercise. Once he reached the highest point to take in a scenic view, he noticed something curled up in a ball, according to officials. At first, Wayne presumed the kitten dead, as it was bloody and not moving. This kitten, a black and white beauty dubbed ‘Maybank’ showed movement and Wayne was able to get the kitten to Pet Helpers for care.
Pet Helpers founder and president, Carol Linville, released the following information regarding the status of the kittens and the reward
“We take this situation very seriously, and we will press charges and prosecute to get the maximum penalty for animal cruelty. I’ve been fighting for over forty years against this and we will not stop until we’ve won the fight.”
Charleston County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Pet Helpers, where they reported the abuse. Additionally, Pet Helpers is offering a minimum of $1,000 cash reward for information on who dumped the kittens.
Pet Helpers is a forever shelter dedicated to ending the euthanasia of adoptable animals through low-cost spay/neuter and adoptions. They’ve been no-kill since 1978, their philosophy being to fix the broken, heal the wounded, and love all. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pet Helpers at (843) 795-1110 or contact the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department at (843) 202-1700.
Updates on Javelin and Maybank will be posted on Facebook: Pet Helpers community page.