Pet owner arrested after cat found 'marinating' in oils and peppers

By Mail Foreign Service

Saved from a certain death: Navarro was found in the boot of his owner's car, covered in oil and peppers. Police believe the man was preparing to eat the animal

A pet owner who allegedly marinated his cat in oils and peppers, intending to eat it, has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty.

Police found four-year-old Navarro in a cage, his fur covered with oil, crushed red peppers and chilli peppers, in the boot of 51-year-old Gary Korkuc's car.

The animal was discovered when traffic officers pulled Korkuc over for failing to stop at a stop sign in Buffalo, New York.

Arrest: Gary Korkuc is facing animal cruelty charges

'The cat appeared to be marinating in it,' a police spokesman said.

Korkuc then reportedly told officers he was punishing his cat for being ill tempered - and told them he planned to cook the cat.

Navarro was taken into care by the local branch of the SPCA which cleaned him up - and has already found the four-year-old a new home and a new name - Oliver.

Korkuc was arrested with on one count of animal cruelty.

SPCA spokesman Gina Browning said staff at the shelter were shocked to see the creature covered in oils.

'He was covered in oil, he was covered in salt, a few different kinds of peppers, some hot peppers, so his eyes were watering...who knows what he was facing,' she said.

Workers had to give the animal two baths to wash him off. The SPCA has banned Korkuc from owning an animal in future.

Happy and healthy: Navarro is now living with new owners

source: dailymail