Cat thrown from vehicle is recovering; reward offered for information on who did it


More than a week after a cat was badly injured after being thrown out of a moving vehicle in Roseville, the animal is recuperating and authorities are still looking for the culprit.

A reward of $2,500 is being offered for information in the case, according to KARE 11.

The cat was thrown from a blue van driving south on Rice Street in Roseville on May 2. She was saved by a Good Samaritan who ran into traffic to rescue her, and then called police.

Roseville Police Officer Jason Gehrman responded to the call and took the cat to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center where they began treating the animal's injuries, which included three fractures of her hind leg, several broken teeth, and skin which had been torn off her paws and tail as she hit the pavement, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The doctors there couldn't provide long-term care for the cat since she's a stray, so Gehrman called in a favor from his father, Dr. Bob Gehrman, who owns a veterinary practice in Minnetonka.

Dr. Gehrman performed surgery on the animal last Monday, and had to amputate parts of the cat's front paw, back leg, and tail, said KARE 11. She may need more surgery, as well as six weeks of care, before she's in good enough shape to leave the hospital.

Gehrman said the cat - who he estimates is about 10 months old - was in a dire situation when she was first brought in, but her prognosis is better now.

According to the Pioneer Press, the cat is feistier now and when she's placed on the floor, she starts to walk.

Officer Gehrman said his wife named the cat Blue in honor of police week, and added he's thinking of adopting Blue if she gets along with his other pets.

In the meantime, police don't have many leads in the case. About all they know is that the vehicle involved was a blue van.

Dr. Gehrman said he's upset that anyone could throw an animal out the window as if it were "garbage," and hopes someone will come forward with information that will help police find the culprit.

The $2,500 reward is coming from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS FREE (8477) or Roseville Police.

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