there was a live cat within that duffel bag!
The man, 69-year-old William Hill, was apparently identified and eventually charged with animal torture. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of abandonment of an animal. His punishment? A $100 fine.
The cat has been named Winnie and was taken to the Humane Society of North Iowa, which is where Hill should be taken her in the first place instead of the river! She has since been adopted by an individual from St. Paul, MN.