Kitten returned to Memphis animal shelter

A photo of the missing kitten
A photo of the missing kitten(Memphis Animal Services)
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 5:16 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2022 at 10:30 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Animal Services says someone stole a kitten from the animal shelter.

The 2-month-old gray tabby kitten was taken from their facility on Monday afternoon. The kitten is valued at $310.

The kitten was returned Thursday, before MAS’s deadline of 4 p.m., when they intended to press charges.

MAS said they have surveillance footage of the person who stuffed the kitten into their purse and are working with Memphis police to get footage of the person’s license plate.

“If the kitten is not returned by then, our next step will be sharing the surveillance footage (which clearly shows both faces) with our social media following and local television stations, and at that point we will be prepared to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” their social post reads.

Despite the shelter’s offer to not press charges, Memphis Police Department released surveillance photos of the suspected catnappers.

MAS says the kitten had already been adopted by someone else, and was waiting for spay/neuter surgery to be picked up.

According to the police report, a shelter employee saw a Facebook post with a photo of the kitten that was captioned “come get it back in blood.”

The two suspects left the scene in a silver Chevy Camaro.

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