Hunt is on for woman who stole kitten from shelter

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The Detroit center of the Michigan Humane Society is sharing CCTV footage of a woman who opened a cage and stuffed a kitten into her purse before exiting the building. MHS is asking for the public’s help in identifying the woman and reclaiming the kitten.

The 1 minute 35 second video clearly shows the incident, in which the woman appears to be accompanied by a young girl who acts as lookout and follows her out the door.

The 10-week old gray and white DSH kitten is named Misty Gish. She has recently been spayed, has a shaved belly with a spay tattoo and has been microchipped. The microchip company has been informed of the incident.

MHS is offering a reward for the kitten’s safe return.

MHS issued this news release on August 9:

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is offering a $500 reward for the safe return of a kitten that was stolen from the MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care on Thursday, Sept. 3 around 1:30 p.m.

Video surveillance cameras show a woman with a dark complexion and copper-colored hair. She was wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts, sunglasses, and carrying a large purse while entering the shelter with a young girl who was wearing a pink T-shirt and pink sneakers. The video shows the woman walking throughout the shelter before entering the cat adoption area where she speaks with an MHS volunteer for several minutes. The volunteer takes a cat into an acquaintance room for socializing. At that point, the woman sends the girl to make sure the volunteer isn’t watching and opens one of the cages, takes out the young kitten, and shoves it in her purse before walking out of the shelter.

The two are seen leaving the shelter and are believed to have gotten into what appears to be a late 1990’s Lexus sedan that backs down Custer Street, a side street next to the shelter.

The kitten, Misty Gish, is a 10-week old domestic short hair and is white with gray markings. She has recently been spayed, has a shaved belly and a tattoo (a circle with a line through it indicating that she was spayed). She has a microchip and has been reported missing to the microchip company.

“This is a deplorable act and we are hopeful that our compassionate community will help identify this perpetrator and ensure a safe return for Misty Gish,” said Debby MacDonald, MHS Chief Cruelty Investigator. “It’s even more disheartening that a young girl was used to help in this crime, and that the kitten was shoved into a purse on a 90-degree day.”

The Michigan Humane Society is asking anyone with information regarding this stolen kitten to contact the MHS Cruelty Hotline at (313) 872-3401.

Here is the security camera footage:



1 thought on “Hunt is on for woman who stole kitten from shelter”

  1. What was the paper that looked like it fell from her purse? Or was it a card from the kitten”s cage. Maybe her name is on it.

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