This kitten survived being thrown out the window of a pickup truck in Granville. Police have charged a Dresden man with animal cruelty.

GRANVILLE — A Dresden man was charged with animal cruelty for throwing a 4-month-old kitten out the window of his pickup truck into the middle of Route 22 on Tuesday, according to State Police.

The kitten, which was taken to Granville Small Animal Hospital, was slightly injured.

Christopher J. Normile, 21, was charged with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor, under the state Agricultural and Markets law.

Police said witnesses were able to obtain a description of the vehicle and driver and gave that information to troopers. The witnesses brought the orange kitten to the animal hospital.

An investigation identified Normile as the operator of the Chevrolet pickup, a State Police news release said, and on Friday, troopers located Normile driving on North Road in Dresden.

A traffic stop was conducted and Normile was arrested for the incident and is scheduled to answer the charge in Granville Town Court.

He is also facing a misdemeanor charge of second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation in Town of Dresden court due to his drivers license being suspended at the time of the traffic stop on North Road.

The arrest came after a social media posting by a motorcyclist who said his friend saw it happen, and the two tried to get the truck to stop. They then rescued the kitten and brought it to the small animal hospital.

The motorcyclist asked not be be identified.

The doctor who treated the kitten was not available for comment Saturday, but a woman who was at the animal hospital at the time said the kitten was checked and released to someone who wanted to adopt it.

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