Police are looking for a person who left a sealed bucket containing a live cat on a lower Manhattan street corner. And this was the second time a cat in a sealed bucket was left in the neighborhood.

According to the NYPD, on December 13th, they received a call from the Animal Haven Shelter who said that someone put a sealed bucket at the corner of Hester and Centre Street around 7:40 p.m. The bucket, which had a hole in the lid, contained a malnourished cat.

Apparently an employee knew to take the bucket in because a cat had been found in a similar sealed bucket last month. In an Facebook post from November 17th, the shelter wrote:

BREAKING: We don't even know how to caption this photo (scroll through). Staff isn't left speechless that often anymore but when morning kennel went to move what appeared to be just an empty bucket on the side of our building near the back door, they were shocked to see a tiny eye looking back up at them. Yes, believe it or not but someone left an innocent cat in a bucket outside our door overnight. Luckily the sweet thing who we have named Sage is safe and sound now but we can only imagine how scary the ordeal must have been. Also to make matters even worse the bucket was left next to our trash so it's a miracle that Sage wasn't picked up by our garbage collector and never seen again. Please spread the word that if you ever need to surrender an animal, please contact us directly. Staff is working to find out who is responsible via our security cameras. If you have any information, please contact us at dogsandcats@ah-nyc.org or at 212.274.8511. You can also DONATE to Sage's care now. #animalhaven

A few days ago Animal Haven shared video of an employee using pliers to remove the lid of the second bucket (second in the slideshow), noting, "This poor kitty is in bad shape and, needless to say, is terrified. We have contacted the police, but we're asking that everyone in the vicinity of our shelter in Soho PLEASE keep your eyes out for any suspicious buckets or containers like the ones in these photos!"

The police released surveillance footage of the man who left the bucket on December 13th. Animal Haven executive director Tiffany Lacey told Gothamist that this was the same man who left the bucket in November. The bucket had been near the back door for a while, and then, "Luckily a very aware staff member thought it was strange and looked in and saw the eye peering out," she recalled.

Besides the incidents being very disturbing, Lacey said it was "so weird" the man left the bucket on the corner last week, "It could be taken with the corner trash!" If the person wanted to abandon the cats to the shelter, "he could have put the bucket in front of the door," she said.

The black cat found last week has been named Charlie; he is "very scared" and has some scratches but she expects a full recovery for him. The ASPCA is also now involved to see if they have get any forensic evidence to further the investigation.

Sage, the cat found in November, has been adopted,

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). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.