BALDWIN PARK ( — A two-year-old gray cat was recovering Thursday after it was found struggling to breathe in an abandoned box at an animal care center in Baldwin Park.

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Staff at the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control’s (DACC) Baldwin Park Animal Care Center
found the cat with red duct tape wrapped around its nose and mouth in a lower level parking lot at the facility.

An animal control officer was “shocked to find the cat gasping for air,” according to a statement from the DACC.

Medical personnel were able to remove all the duct tape from the cat’s face and paws.

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“I can’t imagine why someone would do this to this cat,” said DACC Director, Marcia Mayeda. “Animal cruelty is heartbreaking, intolerable, and usually a precursor to human violence.”

Officials said they do not have any information on any possible suspects.

Volunteers with DACC will help rehabilitate Amigo to a healthy, adoptable state, and upon full recovery, the cat will be available for adoption.

Any potential adopters are asked to email for details.

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For updates about Amigo’s recovery, visit the Animal Care Center’s Facebook page.