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These Two Boneheads Bound Their Cat in Electrical Tape

Two drug users (who might soon be inmates) in a parked car wanted to stop the cat's "scratching."

Michael Leaverton  |  Jan 15th 2016


Two boneheads were recently discovered by police, sitting in their parked car behind a shopping center in Canyon Country, California. On their persons were heroin. Inside the car was a cat, tucked inside an upside-down carrier. The only reason the police discovered the cat was because she made it happen — she meowed for help, loudly.

The cat “was not happy. That’s what was attracting our attention, something kind of calling to us,” Adam Halloran of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station told ABC 11.

Once they found the cat, whose upside-down carrier was “buried” by stuff in the car, they were shocked: Her limbs had been bound in electrical tape. The boneheads had done a thorough job — each paw had been individually taped, and then both front feet and both hind legs were affixed.

Look at this poor cat:

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“I mean, when I first found the cat, I was like, ‘No way,’ She was crammed in the back. I mean, I own cats, that’s not how a cat should be treated,” said Halloran.

The reason for such cruelty? That shocked police, too. The woman told Halloran that they taped their cat, named Lily, because “she had been scratching.”

That’s insane.

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Thankfully, Lily was taken from these ridiculous people, who were slapped with animal cruelty and drug charges and are facing time behind bars. The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control took Lily and, at the time, said it fully expected her to find a foster home.

“She’s got a nice little personality,” Deputy Director Derek Brown told NBC Los Angeles, “[and a] distinctive sounding meow.”

A few days after taking her in, animal control still has high hopes that things will turn out fine for Lily. This week, the Sheriff’s Department posted an update on the case on Facebook:

Many have inquired on how Lily is doing. One of the deputies contacted Animal Control and was able to get an update and a recent pic. He was told that Lily is doing great. They have received so many calls from people who want to adopt her and give her a loving home. Even if you don’t get to adopt Lily, there are so many dogs and cats out there in need of safe and loving homes. Visit animalcare.lacounty.gov to locate the shelter nearest you.

And here’s Lilly now:

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Via ABC 11; images via the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Facebook page.

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