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Fast-forward 13 months, Brighton the kitten, now Taz the cat, is settling into his new home after his foster family “fell in love” with him and decided to make him a permanent part of the family.
Taz’s disturbing case gained widespread media coverage and sparked investigations by the SPCA and police forensic teams - but the offender was never found.
A witness who saw the incident on New Brighton Rd was suspicious of the shoe box being discarded out the window into a red zone paddock and went to investigate, finding Taz, who was suffering from severe cat flu.
They believed the car involved was a silver Holden Commodore, with a brown or maroon-coloured back left door panel.
"He went on to spend some time with a foster family and made a full recovery in a few short weeks.”
Taz’s foster family said he “instantly became best friends” with baby Ella Rose.
Said Taz’s foster mother Haylie: “Taz enjoys catching his knitted mice and loves my daughter, he will literally follow her everywhere.
"I have to shut her bedroom door at night-time to prevent him from getting in her cot.
“Ella-Rose loves him just as much.
"He loves his food, and Ella-Rose’s food too, so we have to keep an eye on him.
"He is such a lovely kitten and has really fitted into our family.”