A cat that was found in a trash bag in Miami Shores is recovering at a local animal hospital.
Public Works employees found the cat this week inside a black garbage bag on the side of the road on northwest 2nd Avenue.
The feline, which was most likely someone's pet, was found moving and meowing in a trash bag that was placed inside a crate covered in urine and feces.
Saving Sage Rescue was called in to help the cat.
"Whoever put that cat there intentionally wanted this cat to die a slow and painful death," said Cathy Bieniek of Saving Sage Rescue.
Animal cruelty is a felony punishable by up to five-years in prison.
Miami Shores Police detectives are investigating the case, but the rescuers say they did not fingerprint the crate or the garbage bag. "We need to find out who did this, to bring this person or animal to justice. This can't continue, people cannot to think that animals are disposable. They are lifetime commitment and part of our family," said Bieniek.
Rescuers named the cat Kringle. It was taken to Pet Express in Davie to be treated for dehydration and heat exhaustion. Kringle will then be put up for adoption.