A traffic stop led to animal cruelty charges after Buffalo police said they found a live cat "marinating" in oil and peppers in the trunk of a car.
Officers heard the cat meowing when they stopped 51-year-old Gary Korkuc to ticket him for running a stop sign Sunday night, cops said.
They say they checked the trunk and found four-year-old "Navarro" in a cage, his fur covered with oil, crushed red peppers and chili peppers.
Korkuc told cops he was seasoning the cat because Navarro was ill-tempered. Korkuc was charged with animal cruelty and released.
Police said Korkuc did tell them he was going to cook Navarro -- but they also said he complained that the neutered male cat got pregnant after he was spayed, so, he may have been delusional.
Animal advocates have cleaned Navarro and put him up for adoption.