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Winnie, cat thrown into Winnebago River, nursed back to health and ready for adoption

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William Nathan Hill, 69, accused of animal torture after throwing a cat into the Winnebago River in a duffel bag. William Nathan Hill, 69, accused of animal torture after throwing a cat into the Winnebago River in a duffel bag.
MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -- Winnie, the calico cat thrown into the Winnebago River in a duffel bag, has been nursed back to health by the Humane Society of Northern Iowa, and is ready for adoption.

The cat was rescued by an anonymous couple who saw a man throw a duffel bag into the Winnebago River. The couple called police while retrieving the bag, where they found the cat alive inside. Cops later arrested 69-year-old William Hill for allegedly attempting to drown the cat, and he has been charged with animal torture.

The Humane Society renamed the cat Winnie, short for the Winnebago River, and nursed the cat back to full health. She is ready for adoption, but the HSNI says they have not received any calls about her. Vets say she is approximately 9 years old.

"Everybody's outraged about what happened," says Sybil Soukop, Executive Director for the Humane Society of Northern Iowa, "but nobody's stepped up to adopt [her]." She said though Winnie's a little shy and timid in wake of her ordeal, she has many virtues that would make her a great pet--she's litter-box trained, front-paw declawed, and has a heart full of love.

"We're anxious to move forward and find a home for Winnie," she added.

If you would like to learn more about Winnie's incredible story, you can reach the Humane Society of Northern Iowa at (641) 423-6241.

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