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NY police find live cat 'marinating' in car trunk

In this photo provided by the SPCA Serving Erie County, Navarro, a four-year-old cat found 'marinating' in oil and peppers in the trunk of a car in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sunday night, is shown Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 at the agency's Tonawanda, N.Y. shelter infirmary. Buffalo police say officers heard the cat meowing when they stopped 51-year-old Gary Korkuc of Cheektowaga to ticket him for running a stop sign. In this photo provided by the SPCA Serving Erie County, Navarro, a four-year-old cat found "marinating" in oil and peppers in the trunk of a car in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sunday night, is shown Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 at the agency's Tonawanda, N.Y. shelter infirmary. Buffalo police say officers heard the cat meowing when they stopped 51-year-old Gary Korkuc of Cheektowaga to ticket him for running a stop sign. (AP Photo/SPCA Serving Erie County)
August 10, 2010

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BUFFALO, N.Y.—Police say a traffic stop led to animal cruelty charges after they found a live cat "marinating" in oil and peppers in the trunk of a car.

Buffalo police say officers heard the cat meowing when they stopped 51-year-old Gary Korkuc of Cheektowaga to ticket him for running a stop sign Sunday night.

They say they checked the trunk and found 4-year-old Navarro in a cage, his fur covered with oil, crushed red peppers and chili peppers.

Police say Korkuc told them he did it because Navarro was ill-tempered. Korkuc was charged with cruelty and released; his phone number isn't listed.

Police say he told them he was going to cook Navarro. Korkuc also told officers a number of things that didn't make sense, including that his neutered male cat was pregnant.

Animal advocates have cleaned Navarro and put him up for adoption.

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Information from: The Buffalo News, http://www.buffalonews.com

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