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Couple faces cruelty charges after cat found with limbs bound in Canyon Country

Posted: January 10, 2016 1:05 p.m.
Updated: January 10, 2016 1:06 p.m.
Sgt. Tim Vander Leek of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station takes care of a cat found bound with electrical tape inside a car in Canyon Country Saturday night. Photo courtesy of the SCV Sheriff's Station. Sgt. Tim Vander Leek of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station takes care of a cat found bound with electrical tape inside a car in Canyon Country Saturday night. Photo courtesy of the SCV Sheriff's Station.
Sgt. Tim Vander Leek of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station takes care of a cat found bound with electrical tape inside a car in Canyon Country Saturday night. Photo courtesy of the SCV Sheriff's Station.
A cat found Saturday with its paws bound with electrical tape was reported Sunday morning to be recovering at an Antelope Valley animal shelter. Photo courtesy of the SCV Sheriff's Station. A cat found Saturday with its paws bound with electrical tape was reported Sunday morning to be recovering at an Antelope Valley animal shelter. Photo courtesy of the SCV Sheriff's Station.
A cat found Saturday with its paws bound with electrical tape was reported Sunday morning to be recovering at an Antelope Valley animal shelter. Photo courtesy of the SCV Sheriff's Station.
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Local sheriff’s deputies on routine patrol rescued a cat found bound with tape and “meowing loudly in discomfort” this weekend, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station sergeant said today.

The cat was reported to be recovering and in the care of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control at the Antelope Valley shelter, said Sgt. Tim Vander Leek.

Two deputies on patrol in Canyon Country Saturday were checking on suspicious activity when they stumbled on a car parked behind a business in the area of Soledad Canyon Road and Sand Canyon Road shortly before midnight Saturday, Vander Leek said today.

Deputies found narcotics in the car and arrested a man and a woman, believed to be in their late 20s, on suspicion of selling narcotics, the sergeant said.

“During the course of their investigation, they found a cat inside a carrier upside down in the backseat,” he said. “The cat had black (electrical) tape around its limbs.

“The tape was wrapped tightly around its rear limbs and its front legs,” he said. “It was wrapped very tightly and (the cat) was in a lot of distress.”

Animal control officers were called immediately, he said.

As deputies removed the cat out of carrier, they were shocked to see that its paws were each individually taped with electrical tape and then both of the cat’s front and rear legs were bound together, deputies wrote on the Sheriff’s Station website.

The helpless cat could not move and was “meowing loudly in discomfort” as the deputies worked quickly to free him, they wrote.

Vander Leek and three deputies, including the deputies who found the cat, tried to comfort the cat until the Animal Control officers arrived.

“It did not bite,” he said. “It was growling.”

When animal control officers arrived, they contacted a veterinarian who helped guide them through the process of snipping the tape that bound the paws, he said.

“They (paws) were wrapped so tightly that we didn’t want to wait So we used a small pair of scissors to cut the paws free. We, at least, got the limbs free.”

Besides the narcotics charges, the couple in the car are facing additional animal cruelty charges, according to sheriff’s deputies.

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