Cruel Prank Takes Dark Turn: Cat dies in mailbox

TALLAPOOSA COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama sheriff's deputies are investigating a cruel surprise found in a Tallapoosa County man's mailbox: a dead cat.

There is compelling evidence the young cat was alive when it was put in the metal mailbox but that it died from heat exhaustion. The homeowner found its remains Tuesday morning when he went to check his mail, his first trip to the box in three days.

"The cat tried to claw its way out and it shredded the mail, so that was obvious the cat was put in there alive," Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Chief Deputy David McMichael said.

Investigators are trying to sort through whether this was a prank gone bad or something much more sinister.

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