Overland Park & Leawood

Two kittens are stolen from Johnson County adoption center

Updated: 2013-12-07T03:20:44Z

By MATT CAMPBELL

The Kansas City Star

Overland Park police are on the lookout for two kidnapped kittens.

One, a Siamese with blue eyes, had been chosen for adoption and was to be a birthday present this weekend for a 5-year-old girl who had named the kitten Lucy.

The other, a brown tabby, was waiting for someone to adopt her from the Purrfect Pets shelter at Metcalf South Shopping Center.

Both were stolen Thursday as manager Elaine Doran was talking with a family. She had taken notice of four young people, two males and two females maybe 17 to 20 years old, who had been looking at all the cats for about 20 minutes.

After they left, Doran realized the Siamese was gone. The kitten had returned from the vet earlier that day after being spayed. Her new family was to pick her up Friday.

Doran filed a police report and only then realized that another kitten also was missing. Both are about 21/2 months old and weigh about 21/2 pounds.

The cats had been vaccinated and were ready to go. The shelter charges a $130 adoption fee, so the catnappers were not just pulling a prank.

“You just never know about people,” Doran said. “You never know what they’re going to do with a kitten. We hope it’s a safe and warm and caring environment.”

Police told Doran not to get her expectations up about getting the kittens back, but she hopes someone will notice if their friends suddenly have kittens.

“All we want is our kittens back,” Doran said. “We wouldn’t press charges.”

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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