WARNING: The following story describes, in general terms, an act of animal cruelty.
A routine traffic stop by Buffalo, NY police led to animal cruelty charges after they found a live cat “marinating” in oil and peppers in the trunk of a car.
Officers reported that they heard the cat meowing when they stopped 51-year-old Gary Korkuc of Cheektowaga for running a stop sign.
They checked the trunk and found 4-year-old Navarro in a cage, his fur covered with oil, crushed red peppers and chili peppers.
According to police, Korkuc told them he did it because Navarro was mean to him. Korkuc was planning to cook the cat. He was charged with cruelty and released.
Animal advocates cleaned Navarro and put him up for adoption through the Erie County SPCA, where he was Mr Popularity. After several phone calls and visitors, Navarro was adopted by Vicky (pictured below with SPCA Adoptions Counselor Alice), who says that her cat needs a friend! Navarro — re-named Oliver — will meet his new feline friend this evening. Thanks go out from Oliver to all involved with his rescue and to Jacquie P. of Kenmore who was one of his first visitors!