Crying kitty found tossed into dumpster

Kitten named ‘Jamie’ was bound in two plastic bags

A small kitten was found bound inside two plastic bags in a dumpster at the Flatwood Refuse & Recycling Center near Washington on Monday, Oct. 30, and a reward is being offered to catch “the monster” who put him there.

Jamie Courtesy photo

“An ongoing inves­tigation has determined the kitten was intentionally put in the dumpster while still alive,” according to a Public Assistance Requested bulletin issued by Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Compton.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the disturbing incident to please contact Deputy Robbie Fincham at 540-675-5300. A minimum cash reward of $2,100 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction(s) of the person(s) responsible.

According to Rappahannock County resident Ben Mason: “Someone threw a kitten bound inside two plastic bags into the dump bin. Thankfully the attendant heard the cries, and rescued the kitten. The bags were full of cigarette butts, but obviously no clues were left as to who this kitten-dumping [individual] is.

Mason says the cat rescue organization RappCats was called and transported the kitten, since named “Jamie,” to Rose Hill Veterinary Practice “and she is fine and fully recovered.”

“I have begun a reward fund, and raised $2,100 so far, to be given to whoever provides the sheriff’s department with info leading to the arrest and conviction of this monster who did that to this kitten,” Mason states.

“This story is testimony that our community cares about doing good,” he adds. “From the person who saved the kitten to RappCats to Rose Hill to Deputy Fincham to all the people who have donated to the reward fund.”

Flatwood Refuse & Recycling is located at 15 Flatwood Road between Washington and Sperryville.

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