Cat found imprisoned in duct-tape

PHILADELPHIA - September 22, 2009

PHOTOS: The cat mummified in duct tape and after it was freed

We can only imagine the terror the cat had to endure while it was imprisoned in the duct-tape - unable to move or defend itself.

The female cat is doing fine now, responding well to the attention from the PSPCA staff. It is a far cry from her condition when she arrived.

Someone wrapped the cat, head to toe, in duct-tape and then dumped her in a North Philadelphia yard. The woman who lives in the house on the 2200 block of Edgley Street just happened to notice the cat when she looked out her window.

George Bengal from the PSPCA tells Action News, "I've never seen an animal totally like a mummy - wrapped in duct-tape. It's the first time I've ever seen that. So, whoever did this took a lot of time. It was very methodical... [It is] a very sick individual that would do something like this to a cat."

Humane law enforcement officers brought the cat to the PSPCA shelter. It took an hour to free her from the cruel prison.

"They had a team of nurses and doctors who sedated the animal and slowly, methodically had to cut this duct-tape away," explains Bengal.

Whoever did it may have thought it was a joke but the SPCA says it could be a serious crime. They would like to see whoever wrapped the cat in duct-tape in handcuffs. They are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information should call the Pennsylvania SPCA's Cruelty Hotline at 1-866-601-7722.

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