Police say a Mason City man has confessed to throwing a duffel bag containing a cat into the Winnebago River. William Hill, 69, was charged by police with animal torture.

Police say he threw a gym bag containing his cat into the Winnebago River on Saturday evening. A couple witnessed the incident, retrieved the bag, and were shocked to find the feline inside. Police say Hill turned himself in on Wednesday morning.

Humane Society of North Iowa executive director Sybil Soukup says the cat will soon be made available for adoption. She says they’ve named the cat “Winnie,” after the Winnebago River, where she was rescued.

(reporting by Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City)