ODGEN, Utah (AP) _ A car dealer found a charred cat in a pan of rice and vegetables outside of his business, authorities said.

The cat was found Wednesday outside Roy's Cars and RVs in Ogden, about 31 miles north of Salt Lake City.

``There were green bell peppers and sliced onions all on a bed of rice,'' said Ogden Police Lt. David Tarran. ``It looked just like the cat had been cooked.''

Police did not know whether it was a prank or directed at someone at the car dealership. Police are also trying to determine if the cat was alive or dead before the mutilation. That will determine if charges can be pursued.

``I can't even begin to understand who would do such a thing and why,'' Tarran said.