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Cat wrapped in plastic bag, thrown in dumpster rescued in Burien, Wash.

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It is hard to understand how people can treat animals so unkindly - even throwing them away like garbage - but thanks to a good Samaritan, one victim of animal cruelty is safe at an animal shelter today.

On Sunday, Jan. 19, Lost & Found Pets WA State announced that a cat in Burien, Washington who was wrapped in a plastic bag and thrown into a dumpster has been rescued.

Their Facebook page stated:

On Saturday morning, a local resident heard someone throw this poor guy in a dumpster tied inside a plastic bag. Thank goodness the dumpster was empty so this guy could be saved by the curious Samaritan."

The beautiful white cat is currently at Community Animal Resource & Education Society (C.A.R.E.S.) who can be reached at (206) 812 2737.

In Washington state, animal cruelty in the first degree (RCW 16.52.205) is defined as:

(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized in law, he or she intentionally
(a) inflicts substantial pain on
(b) causes physical injury to, or
(c) kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering, or forces a minor to inflict unnecessary pain, injury, or death on an animal.

(2) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized by law, he or she, with criminal negligence, starves, dehydrates, or suffocates an animal and as a result causes:
(a) Substantial and unjustifiable physical pain that extends for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering; or
(b) death.

About CARES:
CARES is a non-profit 501 c(3) Corporation and our mission is to encourage responsible pet ownership and enforce the animal laws and ordinances in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of people and animals in Burien. Learn more about them here.

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