BALDWIN PARK, Calif. (KTLA) — In a shocking case of animal cruelty, a cat is recovering after being bound with duct tape and left in a parking lot to die.
“Wow. I just couldn’t believe anyone would do that to an animal,” said Abraham Contreras.
Early Thursday morning, as he arrived to work at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center, he was stunned by what he found in the parking lot.
“I thought it was odd that a cardboard box would be there, so I went to inspect it and I saw an animal moving in there,” he recounted.
“Upon further inspection, I saw something was taped around its face and its paws,” Contreras added.
Animal care officials say the nearly 2-year-old domestic cat, who they have named “Amigo,” was moments away from death.
The duct tape not only bound all his feet together, but blocked his airways around his mouth and nose.
“The animal was gasping for air, barely able to breathe,” said Sgt. Luis Villegas, of the Department of Animal Care and Control.
If found, whoever did this could be charged with animal cruelty and end up behind bars. Police say animal cruelty is an act that often preempts cruelty to humans.
“We are attempting to rehabilitate him by getting him into a different environment,” Villegas said of Amigo.
“Hopefully, with a different environment, it will help him calm down,” he said.
Amigo will be available for adoption in four days. If you’re interested in giving him a good home, you can email AnimalInfo@animalcare.lacounty.gov.