- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - 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 (https://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.”

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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