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Two kittens in a cardboard box were thrown from a black SUV onto Interstate 83 Sunday morning.

Carol Molina, founder of New Salem-based Feline Solutions, said a woman she knows witnessed the cruelty. The woman said she was driving north on I-83 near the Emigsville exit when she saw a box fly from the window of the SUV.

Curious, the woman stopped to investigate.

Inside the box were two kittens, between 8 and 10 weeks old, according to Molina.

The SUV was just minutes away from the York County SPCA, where the people in the SUV could have gone to turn over the animals, Molina noted.

The kittens weren't injured, she said.

Adoptions pending: As of Wednesday, there were more than 20 applicants willing to adopt them, Molina said.

She said she hopes to find a family willing to take both kittens, so they can stay together.

"The boy kitten is a-rippin' and a-runnin'," she said, but the female has stomach problems and was scheduled to see a veterinarian Wednesday night.

Molina said it's common for animals to be abandoned. She said she's received more than 1,000 calls in the past two years about pets being abandoned.

Molina has many stories about the cruel ways in which people dispose of cats.

Once, she said, she found a burlap sack filled with 19 kittens. Molina called it the worst animal-rescue experience she's had so far, even though she was able to save 13 of the 19 kittens.

The numbers: Each year, about 1.4 million cats are euthanized in the United States, according to the ASPCA website.

"Eight hundred cats and dogs are euthanized each hour," Molina said.

Only one out of every 12 cats born will find a permanent home, according to Molina.

"There is no excuse for letting cats breed and then discarding them," she said.

Spaying and neutering is the key to preventing this type of treatment of animals, Molina added.

Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police spokesman, said the incident would be considered animal cruelty and would have been investigated, had it been officially reported.

Molina said the good Samaritan who rescued the cats was unable to get the SUV's license-plate number.

— Reach Brianna Shea at bshea@yorkdispatch.com.

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