According to an article on the WGME website, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department is looking for a vehicle in connection with an animal cruelty case in Standish, Maine.

The article explains that on Saturday, May 18, someone reported finding a six-month-old kitten in the Bonny Eagle High School parking lot.  The kitten was inside a tote that had the lid on.  The kitten was alive, but cold and frightened.

The kitten was taken to a local vet clinic, but was later euthanized because of health issues she had due to lack of proper care.

Law enforcement is looking for the public's help in locating a truck that may be connected with the crime.  The truck in question is a white Chevy 2500 with a plow package.  The vehicle has an aftermarket black tailgate.

The suspect in the case is described as a heavyset, white male wearing an orange shirt, baseball cap, and jeans.

If you have any information about the suspect or vehicle, you can call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department or email Lt. James Estabrook at

***NOTE: All suspects are considered innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

In Maine, animal cruelty is described as when:

a person, including an owner or the owner's agent, is guilty of cruelty to animals if that person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly:
A. Kills or attempts to kill any animal belonging to another person without the consent of the owner or without legal privilege. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime

These days, we are always hearing about people committing violent and cruel acts, but this one hits us a little harder.  The fact that someone would be so cruel to a helpless kitten makes us sick.

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