PORT WASHINGTON - A 12-week-old kitten that was thrown out of a moving car in Amityville is now recovering, but the investigation into the incident is far from over.

Dr. Mark Verdino, of the North Shore Animal League, says when he got the kitten June 8, it was in need of surgery to repair damage to its internal organs caused by the fall. The kitten has since grown stronger and got a new name, Beetle.

Verdino says Beetle still has a fractured leg, but it is also expected to fully heal. The kitten is now living in a foster home and may be up for adoption at a later time.

With the kitten on the road to recovery, the SPCA has stepped up its efforts to find whoever threw Beetle out of a car, offering a $1,000 reward for leads in the case.

"This will not be tolerated in Suffolk County, and they really need to be apprehended and taken off the streets," says SPCA Chief Roy Gross.

Gross believes that felony charges may apply in the case. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Suffolk SPCA at 631-382-7722.

For coverage of the kitten thrown from a moving car in Amityville, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.