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Verdict due in cat marinating case

BUFFALO — A verdict is expected in the animal cruelty case of a suburban Buffalo man police say was marinating his cat in the trunk of his car.

A Buffalo City Court judge reserved decision Wednesday afternoon on the misdemeanor case against 52-year-old Gary Korkuc of Cheektowaga. The judge is expected to render a verdict Thursday afternoon.

Korkuc was arrested last August after he was pulled over for a traffic infraction and police officers heard a cat meowing in the trunk. The officers say they found the cat marinating in a mixture of oil, peppers and salt.

Authorities say Korkuc told the officers he doused his cat in marinade to punish it.

The 4-year-old cat was handed over to the local SPCA and later adopted by a family.