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Two deputies rescued a cat after he was found bound in electrical tape in a parked vehicle on Jan. 9, 2016. (Credit: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station)

A man and woman were arrested after deputies discovered a cat in their possession that was bound with electrical tape in Canyon Country, authorities said Sunday.

The male cat was found with bound paws and legs when the deputies searched a “suspicious” vehicle that was parked behind a closed business on Saturday, according to a Facebook post by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The man, 23, and woman, 26, had been stopped near Soledad Canyon and Sand Canyon in Canyon Country around 11:30 p.m when approaching deputies spotted syringes in the vehicle, the Los Angeles Times reports.

During a search of the vehicle, the cat and a substance believed to be heroin were located, the Times reports.

The Sheriff’s Station confirmed in the Facebook post that the vehicle’s occupants “were in possession of narcotics.”

The “shocked” deputies also realized a cat was buried upside-down in a cat carrier, and its paws had electrical tape around them and both its front and rear legs were bound together.

“The helpless cat could not move and was ‘meowing loudly in discomfort,’” the Sheriff’s Station stated.

Officers with Los Angeles County’s Department of Animal Care and Control worked to free the cat, whose condition was not immediately known.

The man and woman both faced animal cruelty and narcotics possession charges, the Times reports.

The man was held in lieu of $30,000 bail, and the woman in lieu of $20,000 bail.