A Trans Am car crashed into a Fontana, California cat kennel building Tuesday after a box apparently fell on the vehicle’s gas pedal. The crash, which happened around noon, resulted in an ambulance trip for a passenger, a large gaping hole in the kennel, and three frightened felines let loose from their pens, said Sgt. John Lessentine of the California Highway Patrol.
Witnesses reported the car was traveling erratically south on Redwood Avenue, turning east on Arrow Route. Without braking, the green, mid-’90s model Trans Am crashed into the small brick-and-wood kennel, which was housing eight cats in wooden pens. Bricks were strewn around the 8-foot-by-7-foot hole. Two cat pens had been placed just where the kennel wall had been before the crash.
Cats room at the kennel while their owners are on vacation, said Red Arrow Kennels owner Lille Hoye. Hoye has managed the kennels, at 14715 Arrow Route, for the past 30 years.
Hoye found two of the missing cats hiding in the dark corners of the kennel, which was a coffee shop in the 1930s. The other cat, a Calico, was still missing Tuesday afternoon. “Luckily the cats weren’t killed outright,” Hoye said. “They could have easily been killed by those bricks.”
An adult female passenger was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton for treatment of minor injuries, Lessentine said. It did not appear that the driver was injured. No charges have been filed at this time, though officer Robert Ridge, who responded to the scene, said charges will likely be filed soon.
The crash occurred near an intersection that had been upgraded with traffic signals two years ago.