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Kidnapped cat comes back

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Bridgett Ceballos and her cat “Takara” are surrounded by family members who include, from left, her son Jose Rayes, and grandchildren Isaiah Reza, Aleena Reza (front) and Grace Reza. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

An orange-and-white cat may have used up a few of her nine lives but, with a bit of luck, she is back in the arms of her owner, Bridgett Ceballos of Hartfield, after being missing for more than three months.

Ceballos got the good news that her cat had been found by Middlesex Chief Animal Control Officer Ricky Warren last week. “When I saw my cat, tears came to my eyes automatically. That’s my baby,” said Ceballos.

Through an unusual circumstance, “Takara” became the subject of an investigation by Warren. Takara was dropped off by a woman on a Topping road in broad daylight nearly two months ago. What that woman didn’t know was that a video surveillance camera captured her getting out of a white SUV and leaving the cat in James McMullan’s front yard on Plainview Road near Hummel Field.

McMullan showed the video to Officer Warren hoping someone could identify the car. Warren said abandoning a pet can be considered animal cruelty, which is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail.

ID micro-chip
The second bit of luck was that the cat had an identification micro-chip implanted, and Warren was able to contact Ceballos.

Ceballos said she didn’t report her cat as missing because Takara is known to roam. However, Ceballos, who lives near Bob’s Hole Road, said there is no way she could have roamed all the way to Topping.

Anyone with information can contact Officer Warren at 758-2779.

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posted 01.28.2015

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