HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -- A kitten was found encased in spray foam and trapped in a garbage can near Portland, Oregon earlier this month.
A Hillsboro Garbage Disposal worker discovered the cat May 3 on Southwest Minter Bridge Road in Hillsboro, which is about 30 minutes west of Portland.
The worker attempted to use a hydraulic arm on the garbage can, but noticed the contents were not coming out.
Upon further inspection, he saw a small cat that was encased in spray foam and hanging upside down from its back legs.
The driver said he knew the cat was still alive because he could hear it whining.
Photos: Kitten encased in spray foam, rescued by garbage collector
A kitten was found encased in spray foam and trapped in a garbage can near Hillsboro. The kitten was rescued by a garbage collector. STORY LINK
The driver took the can with the cat back to the Hillsboro Garbage Disposal facility where crews worked together to remove the kitten from the spray foam. The 8-week-old male kitten was then taken to a veterinarian for treatment.
The kitten is now recovering at the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter and is expected to make a full recovery.
Investigators said the trash can is on a property that is used by two homes and several rented outbuildings. Deputies believe the kitten comes from one of two different feral cats that live on the property, both with litters of kittens.
Deputies said it is not clear who committed this act of animal cruelty.
The cat will be returned to its owners once the investigation is complete.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.
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