Vet tech rescues kitten from Howard Frankland; woman thinks someone’s throwing cats onto bridge

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Nine cats have been discovered dead on the side of the Howard Frankland Bridge in the past month and a half. But one very lucky little kitty has nine lives – and beat the odds.

“This is little Howard Frankland. We’ve been calling him Frank,” BluePearl Veterinary Partner’s Tech Victoria Dallam said.

Dallam’s commute takes her across the Howard Frankland Bridge into Tampa. “I saw him running along the little concrete wall there on the far left side. I saw this little puff ball running along. I was like, ‘Whoa no.’ So I was able to pull over,” she said.

BluePearl photo
BluePearl photo

The vet tech grabbed the 3-month old, 6-toed tabby. BluePearl veterinarians discovered the kitten had an injured nose, missing bottom teeth and an abrasion on his head.

Frank is laid-back, Dallam said. “I can’t imagine he got out there on his own,” she added.

Cat sightings on the bridge began in May. “I’ve seen five, four dead and one alive. And I couldn’t get to the one that was still living,” Mary Beth Singh said.

Singh saw the cats during her commute. She has a theory of how they’re getting there. “This is someone who just doesn’t like cats that’s throwing them out of a car window alive,” she said.

“If the person who’s doing this is watching this … please stop,” Singh said.

The remote location precludes any notion the cats walked out to the bridge. “It’s just a terrible way for an animal to die. It’s terrible,” Singh said.

As for Frank, he already has a new home. “I couldn’t give him up. I love him,” Dallam said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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