An investigation is underway after a Dillonvale, Ohio, woman is accused of stuffing three kittens into a plastic bag and throwing them into a creek.
Road crews who were laying asphalt saw it happen and said they looked on in shock as a 90-year-old woman walked to the edge of the creek and threw a bag with three day-old kittens into the water.
But thanks to a quick-thinking road worker, those kittens are now safe.
"We were all working along there cleaning and we saw this lady out in her yard," said one worker, Steve Taylor. "A little bit later she came out and threw a blue bag into the creek. We were all watching to see what it might be and we could tell it was moving. And then we could hear the kittens meowing."
There were three kittens just a day old, and they are now at the Jefferson County Humane Society. But it could have been a different story if road workers standing nearby had not heard the cries of the kittens and stepped in to help.
"If it was not for those roadworkers, these babies would have passed by now," said Cassandra Howell of the Humane Society. "Now, they have a chance at life."
Howell was particularly grateful for the workers and for Bobby Bumgartner, who saved the kittens but did not want to be interviewed.
But co-worker Dimittra Harris remembered what happened.
"Bobby runs and jumps in the creek and pulls this bag out and it had three live kittens in it," she said.
"Bobby is a good-hearted boy," said Taylor. "He'd do anything for anybody."
So far, no charges have been filed in the matter with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.