EXTON, Pa. - A Pennsylvania veterinarian has used an overdose reversal drug to save a kitten that had been given heroin.
Police said Tuesday they arrested the suburban Philadelphia man who abused the cat.
West Chester resident James Myers faces charges including animal cruelty and drug possession. He's in custody and can't be reached for comment. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.
Police in West Whiteland Township say an officer spotted Myers' car parked in the middle of a street Sunday with a door open.
The officer says under the door he saw an injured black kitten with a rope around its neck and several teeth knocked out. Police say they found bundles of heroin and dozens of needles in the car.
District Attorney Tom Hogan told ABC News affiliate WPVI the officer found two dozen bags of heroin on Myers and 50 hypodermic needles among hundreds of used heroin bags.
Hogan said Myers was under the influence and so was the kitten.
"This is a two pound kitten that would fit in the palm of my hand. He would take a kitten, a defenseless kitten, and torture it this way," Hogan told WPVI.
Authorities say the veterinarian revived the cat with Narcan, an antidote for opium-based drug overdoses.