Named Amigo after the box in which he was found, this young cat was found with duct tape covering his face and binding his paws on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at a Baldwin Park animal care center.
The young grey cat found bound with duct tape over his nose and paws is now living with a volunteer who has taken on the task of rehabilitating the traumatized feline.
Amigo – named for the banana box he was found inside of – was taken in Wednesday by an adoption partner with Kitten Rescue, a no-kill shelter in Los Angeles.
The grey cat was discovered by a worker April 18 on the lower level of a parking garage at the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control's Baldwin Park Animal Care Center. Amigo is estimated to be between 1 and 2 years old.
He was bound and gagged by thick red duct tape and was struggling to breath inside a box. The words "handle with care" were printed on the box beside logos for Amigo bananas.
Amigo remains very shaken by the ordeal and likely will need special care for the rest of his life, according to animal control officials. He is acting as if this is the first time he’s ever come into contact with a person.
“We are confident that he is not feral, but just needs some time, a quiet environment and a patient human to work with him,” according to Kitten Care.
In a video posted to the shelter's Facebook page, Amigo shys away from the woman holding the camera.
“We’ll go at your pace,” the caregiver softly tells the cat, pictured below.
After Amigo is rehabilitated, he will be available for adoption. Follow along with Amigo’s recovery on Kitten Care’s Facebook page.