- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man accused of tossing a cat into the Winnebago River in northern Iowa’s Mason City has been fined $100.

Sixty-nine-year-old William Hill was sentenced on Tuesday. He’d pleaded guilty to abandonment of an animal in a deal with prosecutors who lowered the charge from animal torture.

Authorities say the cat was inside a duffel bag tossed by Hill into the river near a Mason City bridge on March 21. A couple witnessed what happened and soon retrieved the bag. Inside was the adult calico. Hill turned himself in to authorities a few days later.

A new home for the cat, since named Winnie, has been found with St. Paul, Minnesota, resident.


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