MESA, AZ — A kitten rescued from a Valley freeway will soon be up for adoption.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a passerby and a trooper saved the animal after it was thrown from a vehicle on US-60 near Gilbert Road on Thursday afternoon.
The trooper pulled over after noticing a vehicle stopped on the freeway.
"I stepped out with [the good Samaritan] to see if he needed any assistance," Trooper Montes said. "He noticed this cat was thrown out of a window while they were driving down the freeway."
The kitten, whose name is unknown, was taken to a nearby animal hospital and was pronounced in good health apart from a bloody lip.
The driver of the vehicle from which the cat was thrown has not been identified, DPS said.
"Unfortunately, this is a pretty common thing that we tend to see day-to-day with animals," Montes said in video posted by DPS. "Dogs, kittens, sometimes rabbits on the highway. We try to do our best to make sure we get them off the highway safely."
The animal was taken from the hospital to the Arizona Humane Society, DPS said.