You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Visit image gallery to purchase the image.
The incident occurred around 8.30am on Wednesday in New Brighton, and now the SPCA is appealing to the public to come forward with any information.
According to witnesses, the box with the kitten inside was thrown from the car and landed in a red zone paddock not far from the Bower Tavern.
The box was tossed out of the front passenger's window by a man wearing a red singlet.
There were at least two people in the car.
Witnesses described the car as a silver Holden Commodore, the back left door panel is a different colour, possibly brown or maroon.
The kitten, now named Brighton, has severe cat flu and was sore and distressed from the incident.
The SPCA expect the kitten to make a full recovery and are asking anyone with information to call their Christchurch centre on 03 349 7057.