Woman rescues newborn kitten after teens allegedly threw it in trash can

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma woman rescued a kitten thrown in the trash and left for dead after she heard the small feline screaming.

Michelle McFarland said she hopes the teen who were allegedly seen throwing out the kitten learn a lesson. She said she was furious after finding the newborn kitten at the bottom of a trash can.

"William just happened to walk outside and notice these two teenagers walking up the street and then all of a sudden, they threw something in a trash can," McFarland said.

Out of curiosity, the man went to investigate before running to get McFarland.

"I grabbed a T-shirt and we went over there," McFarland said. "I looked down and this poor little thing was just sprawled out at the bottom of the trash can."

Shocked and angry, McFarland dumped over the trash can and came to its rescue.

"The thing had already got hurt," she said. "It had a scratch on its leg."

She said it wouldn't stop crying.

"This poor little thing was just shivering and it was cold and crying," McFarland said. "But, when I wrapped it up and made it really tight, it calmed down."

There's a lot of feral cats in the area, but McFarland believes this one wasn't even a day old.

"How could these young people like that be so insensitive and think it's funny [to] throw a poor little animal ... obviously this animal is helpless," McFarland said.

She says she has a message for the teens responsible.

"You just don't do that to animals," she said. "They're here for us to love, not to hurt. What they did was not funny and to laugh something away like that is insensitive and inhumane."

The kitten was put into a foster home by the Mustang Animal Shelter.

They said the kitten is doing well and in good hands.

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