MASON CITY, Iowa – A northern Iowa couple who grew suspicious upon seeing a man toss a duffel bag into a river have rescued the cat they found inside.
The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/19kBemD ) the adult calico was in quarantine Tuesday at Mason City Animal Control. She's been named Winnie — short for the Winnebago River from which she was rescued.
Police say the couple had seen 69-year-old man throw the bag near the bridge at South Kentucky Avenue about 6 p.m. Saturday. Mason City Police Sgt. Greg Scott says the couple "checked on the bag, and there was a cat inside it — a live cat."
The man was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor animal torture.
Humane Society of North Iowa executive director Sybil Soukup says Winnie's "in good shape."
Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/