WASHINGTON COUNTY, Oregon — A kitten rescued earlier this month after it was found encased in spray foam and left in a trash can in Oregon is recovering, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The kitten was found on May 3.
A garbage collector making his rounds found the kitten encased in foam inside a can when his truck’s hydraulic arm failed to empty the can out. He realized the kitten wasn’t dead when he heard it crying out, deputies said.
The worker took the animal back to the truck garage and he and other crew members were able to free the kitten from the foam.
According to authorities, the trash can was from a property with multiple buildings. Deputies said that they believe the kitten was likely from one of the litters of feral cats that lived on the property, but “it’s unclear who may be responsible for this act of animal cruelty.”
The kitten is currently recovering at the county’s animal shelter.
Authorities said the cat will be returned to its owners when the investigation is completed.