Fortunately the cat survived and is now looking for a good home.
However, it is not the first time that a cat was dumped inside a bucket at the location.
Police report that on Thursday near Hester and Centre Street, the man left a sealed bucket that contained a cat inside right near a garbage can in front of Animal Haven. The man then fled north on Centre Street.
A worker leaving for the night saw the bucket, heard a hiss, and knew exactly what was inside.
An investigation determined that the bucket's lid had a hole in it, and the cat was malnourished
The suspect is described as an Asian male who was last seen wearing a sweater, jeans and dark-colored shoes.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
Almost exactly a month ago on November 17th, another worker found a similar plastic bucket near the trash outside the shelter's back door. Peeking out of the hole on top was a cat's eye. They brought the furry creature inside, checked her out, and named her 'Sage.'