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Man charged with throwing cat in river

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A Mason City man is facing animal torture charges after allegedly throwing his housecat into the river.

William Nathan Hill, 69, turned himself in to police. Two anonymous witnesses told officers that they saw Hill throw a duffel bag off a bridge into the Winnebago river near his home. Those witnesses retrieved the bag, and inside, they found a very frightened cat.

"Very cold, very wet and very scared," said Sybil Soukup, of the Humane Society of North Iowa.

According to the police report, the cat was named Calico. She was taken to the humane society, where they renamed her in light of her ordeal.

"Our staff named her her Winnie, after the Winnebago River," Soukup said.

Police believe she was Hill's cat, and that he was trying to get rid of her.

"She's definitely a survivor," Soukup said. "She's been through a lot with this ordeal, and we definitely want to make sure she has a great ending to this story."

That means finding her a good home. Vets estimate she's about 10 years old, and say she's in good health.

To adopt her, contact the Humane Society of North Iowa at 641-423-6241.

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