A woman has claimed that three kittens were thrown from a vehicle on the M50 while she was driving yesterday.
A caller to RTÉ Radio One's 'Liveline', identified only as Kate, claims she was driving near the Blanchardstown junction on the motorway when the incident occurred.
The Irish Independent reports that she told the programme:
"Myself and a family member were heading into town and we were at the Blanchardstown M3 junction and we were going into the part where you go under the bridge and it splits off into four lanes.
"All of a sudden in the middle of the carriageway what we thought were little black bags with pieces of paper turned out to be little black kittens.
"First there was one, he took off across the carriageway and was killed, in the rear view mirror there was another and the same thing happened to it - it was killed.
"A third kitten nearly made it the whole way across the road safely but then it was killed.
Kate went onto suggest that while it may have been an accidental act, the only logical explanation was that it was deliberate.
"I'm obviously not sure if it was a deliberate act, it could have been accidental.
"It was pretty upsetting, very horrific, even if you're not a cat lover it is a very dangerous thing.
"All I saw were the kittens hitting the road, rolling forward in the direction of the traffic, so they were obviously falling or being thrown from a moving vehicle.
"They weren't all in one go, they were every twenty or thirty yards and there were three or four of them altogether.
"There is a chance that these kittens fell from a trailer or were hidden in the axle of a wheel but I find that hard to believe that there were three or four of them that could fall off in regular intervals."