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04/19/2013 01:27 pm ET Updated Apr 21, 2013

Cat Duct Taped, Dropped Off At Baldwin Park Animal Care Center In Los Angeles, Calif. (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

In a horrific example of animal cruelty, a cat was bound with duct tape around his face and paws and dumped in a parking lot Thursday. Luckily for the cat, the parking lot belonged to the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center, a Los Angeles County shelter.

“The animal was gasping for air, barely able to breathe,” said Sgt. Luis Villegas of the Department of Animal Care and Control in an interview with KTLA (video above).

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Photo via Facebook: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Staffers worked quickly to remove the red duct tape and were able to save the struggling cat in the nick of time. The cat is now recovering from the ordeal, according to the County Animal Care department's Facebook post.

Now shelter workers are trying to calm and rehabilitate the cat, whom they named Amigo, so that he can be a candidate for adoption. Those who want to inquire about adopting Amigo can email AnimalInfo@animalcare.lacounty.gov.

Whoever did this to Amigo could be charged with animal cruelty and face jail time, according to KTLA.

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Photo via Facebook: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

Believe it or not, this isn't the first time animal care workers have had to rehabilitate a duct taped cat. A veterinarian in Vancouver Island, Canada had to sedate a cat after mounties found it with all four paws duct taped. The cat's tail was also bent over backwards and duct taped to its torso.

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