A hunt is underway for two women who were seen laughing as they kicked and tossed a cat in front of passing cars.
The attack took place on London Road in Wiltshire at around 10pm last Saturday.
Drivers desperately had to brake and swerve to avoid running over the poor cat named Timmy.
Following the attack, Timmy was taken to Macqueen Vets by a member of public and the owner was then traced through his microchip.
The owner was horrified to learn about Timmy’s ordeal from a shocked witness who saw how he had suffered at the hands of the two women.
She immediately took to social media to appeal for witnesses.
She said: ‘Someone took him from the Quakers walk estate up to by the Travel Lodge. These young people then decided to throw him in front of oncoming traffic.
‘A wonderful kind lady rescued him from them and took him to the vets.’
She said: ‘Timmy was thrown into her car then bounced off to the car behind. When he tried to get back on the path he was kicked into the road into another car.
‘There were two women one with a child in their arms and some young blokes about.
‘I am now asking people to please come forward if you know anything about these nasty crazy people.’
PC Paul Woodbridge said: ‘This is obviously an extremely unpleasant and upsetting incident where a cat has been reported to have been thrown at one car and then kicked at another car.
‘The cat was taken in by staff at the Travel Lodge in London Road and then taken to the vets to check for any injuries.
‘It has since been returned to its owner with, fortunately, no long term issues. The owner is understandably upset by what has happened.’
Jacky Macqueen, of Macqueen Vets, said: ‘We cared for him and were able to find the owner through his microchip.’
A Wiltsahire Police spokesman said: ‘Shortly after 10pm on 12 January, we received a report that two girls had been seen to throw and kick a black and white cat in the London Road area of Devizes.
‘The girls were walking along London Road towards the petrol garage at the time and are both described as white – they had a young child with them.
‘An officer attended the scene and carried out an area search but could not locate the girls described.
‘We’d appeal to anyone who saw anything that could help with identifying the girls involved to call 101 and quote log number 322 of 12 January.’