ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County investigators are looking for the person responsible for putting several small kittens in a shopping bag.
According to Angelina County Sheriff Cpt. Alton Lenderman, around 7 p.m. Monday night a bicyclist traveling down Ben Dunn Rd. just outside of the Hudson City limits spotted the kittens.
Lenderman said the kittens were taken to the Kurth Animal Shelter where officials confirmed they were later put down.
The bicyclist was identified as Keith Oliver.
"A friend and I were going to go down the road to play ball," said Oliver.
While biking down the road, Oliver and his friend came across the sound of soft meowing.
"We stopped and listened and as we got closer we could tell it was coming from kittens," Oliver said.
After several minutes of searching, Oliver found five kittens inside of a plastic bag in a tall grassy area along the road.
"I was freaking out, I didn't know what to do," Oliver said.
Oliver, self-proclaimed animal person and pet owner, was angered by the condition of the kittens.
"They were soaking wet," Oliver said. You could tell they had been there all day. You could tell they wanted some help, they just wanted their mother."
Oliver called the sheriff's office, who transported the kittens to the Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter.
According to the shelter, due the kitten's critical state of health, they determined they wouldn't survive the night and were humanely euthanized.
Lenderman said the office will be pursuing cruelty to non-livestock animal charges.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.