His time was running out. No one knows what was going through his mind as he lay in the cramped, dark bag. The little orange tabby was severely injured and at death's door when she found him.
The woman from Alberta, Canada had stepped out to dump her trash, when she noticed a large backpack in the garbage can. As she stepped closer to investigate, the bag moved slightly.
Startled, she leaned in closer and unzipped the knapsack. Inside was another bag, tied up tightly. She and her partner decided to open the second bag, but what they saw inside broke their hearts.
Looking back at them was an orange tabby, so badly broken and dehydrated that he could barely move. It was clear that he had been seriously abused and left to die.
Knowing that he was in bad shape, the woman and her partner called for help from the Alberta Animal Services. The agency members who came to his aid couldn't believe how someone could have done this.
"[It] was one of the most devastating animal abuse cases Alberta Animal Services has seen," the organization wrote in a post about the little orange cat.
His rescuers decided to name him Hiro Stanley, although they did everything they could to save him, no one was sure he would survive the night...