Reward increase in duct-taped cat case

PHILADELPHIA - September 24, 2009 The reward was doubled to $2,000, the agency announced Thursday.

Authorities also said police are pursuing misdemeanor charges againt the animal abuser. The PSPCA said the charge carries the potential of up to one year in jail, a fine up to $2500 and prohibition of pet ownership of up to 1 year.

The cat, now named "Sticky," was found earlier this week.

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."

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

Officers from the Humane Society 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.

The SPCA said "Sticky" is recovering well.

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

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