Young cat recovering after being found bound, burned alive

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - A young cat is lucky to be alive Saturday, after being bound with duct tape and burned alive in the Orchard Heights neighborhood of South Kitsap, Friday morning.

The Kitsap Humane Society says a worker at Cedar Creek Animal Hospital brought the cat in after a neighbor found the injured feline near her home.

Vets were able to nurse the cat back to health, and say her wounds are superficial.

"She's lucky," Dr. Mike Alberts, pet clinic owner said. She's recovering, and was up and moving around Friday evening.

The cat's fur had been soaked in lighter fluid, and officials are investigating the act as animal cruelty. The maximum penalty for animal cruelty charges is a $10,000 fine, and up to five years in jail.

Kitsap County Animal Control officers urge anyone with information to call the police or the humane society at (360) 692-6977.