Duct tape cat: US teen arrested on animal cruelty charges
A teenager wrapped a cat in duct tape, put it in a shopping bag and dumped it in a neighbour's Philadelphia garden, police said.
James Davis, 19, admitted to taping up the cat from neck to tail after he spotted it in his yard Sept 21, police said.
He was arrested on Saturday on animal cruelty charges, said a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.A woman spotted the gray tabby wandering, covered in tape, and brought the animal to the human society. The animal, nicknamed Sticky by animal welfare workers, was dehydrated and had to be sedated while the tape was cut off its fur.
But the cat is doing well, animal welfare workers said, adding that they are still looking for Sticky's owner.
Video of the cat after the removal of the tape shows a seemingly happy animal, purring and apparently unafraid of its human handlers.
"This is a very very very sweet cat," George Bengal, of the PSPCA, told Fox News. "I can't imagine someone doing this to this cat. I mean, this is a domestic cat. Obviously, it was owned, it can be handled very easily."
Davis faces up to two years in prison and a minimum $1,000 fine if convicted.