Police are looking for a woman who stole a cat from the Humane Society of Erie County, hustling him out the door when the shelter staff wasn't looking.
Dave, a freshly-neutered 10-month-old guy, was something of a celebrity cat. He featured in a recent video on this Web site, and also in a photograph on Page One of the Jan. 28 "On the Job" feature in this paper. I've posted a couple of shelter photos.
The shelter employees say that a fiftyish woman with short red hair came in to look at the cats Monday afternoon. At about 4:25 p.m., the woman bundled up Dave and went out the door with him when shelter employees weren't looking.
The shelter found out about the theft almost immediately, however, because the girlfriend of one of the employees noticed the woman and asked why the shelter wasn't using an animal carrier when it adopts out animals. The shelter called Sandusky police and filed an offense report.
Dave had been about to go home with a legitimate customer who had agreed to adopt him.
Police chuckled when they heard about the "catnapping," but shelter workers aren't amused. They were angry.
"I said, 'This isn't funny'," said Barbara Hargreaves, director of the Humane Society. "Somebody stole our cat."