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Cat with duct-taped head, paws found in Baldwin Park parking lot

April 19, 2013|By Joseph Serna

A 2-year-old cat is recovering after being dumped in a Baldwin Park parking lot with its mouth, eyes and paws bound in duct tape.

The cat was found in a cardboard box in the parking lot of Los Angeles County’s Baldwin Park animal shelter, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.

An employee rescued the feline, which has since been named “Amigo,” according to the shelter’s Facebook page.

The cat was found “gasping for air,” the county’s Department of Animal Care and Control told the Tribune in a statement.

“He’s just a little bit overwhelmed,” department spokeswoman Evelina Villa said. “He was fearful at first, but he’s opening up a little. We’re just happy he’s OK.”

Amigo was found with his two front paws and two rear paws taped together. His face was also wrapped up.

“I can’t imagine why someone would do this to a cat,” animal control Director Marcia Mayeda told the Tribune. “Animal cruelty is heartbreaking, intolerable and usually a precursor to human violence.”

The cat will first have to be rehabilitated before it’s well enough to be adopted, she said.

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