A WOMAN has said she is outraged after seeing "three or four" kittens thrown to their deaths on the the M50 motorway in Dublin.
A caller to RTÉ Radio One’s Liveline show on RTÉ Radio One, identifying herself only as ‘Kate’, said she was driving near the Blanchardstown junction when she saw the disturbing incident occur.
She told Joe Duffy: "It was pretty upsetting. Very horrific.
"I'm obviously not sure if it was a deliberate act and I suppose it could have been accidental – but myself and a family member were heading into Dublin for an event and we were at the Blanchardstown M3 junction at the part where it goes under the bridge and splits off into four lanes.
"Then suddenly in the middle of the carriageway what we thought was small black bags turned out to be little black kittens.
"First of all there was one who took across the carriageway and was killed. Then we saw another one behind and the same thing happened to him.
"Then we saw a third one who nearly made it all the way across but then the same thing happened to him and he was killed.”
Although she didn't spot where the kittens came from, Kate believes it was a deliberate act.
"These cats didn't wander on the motorway or fall off a bridge. They seemed to be thrown from a car but I can't confirm," she said.
"We just saw the kittens hit the road and roll in the direction of the traffic, so they were obviously falling or were thrown from a moving vehicle.
"The thing that strikes me most is that it wasn't in one go”.
She added: “There was one every 20 or 30 yards and there was three or four of them altogether."
Kate is now appealing to anyone who may have had a clearer view of the incident to come forward.
She explained that the incident occurred on the southbound lane of the M50.
"If it was deliberate someone needs to get a knock on the door from the guards,” she said.
“You can give cats away or give them to the vet or – and I'm not condoning this – but even if you left them in a field they might have some chance of survival.
"These kittens didn't stand a chance."