Man found with dead cat near site of feline’s abduction in S.J.

Man found with dead cat near site of feline’s abduction in S.J.

By Jenna Lyons | San Francisco Chronicle

Officers arrested a man found sleeping in a car with a dead cat in San Jose on Thursday, more than two weeks after a family reported their pet feline missing in the area.

GoGo, a 17-year-old long-hair orange mix, was last seen Sept. 21 outside his family home on the 1600 block of Hyacinth Lane. His owners, Miroslav Petro and Miriam Petrova, said their house surveillance video showed an unidentified man snatching the feline from the front porch of his home.

“We want to get him back,” Miroslav said days before the arrest. “We are afraid that something bad happened to him.”

About 6:30 a.m. Thursday, officers arrested 24-year-old Robert Farmer while he was sleeping in his car near Hillsdale Avenue and Leigh Avenue, authorities said. San Jose Police officers found a dead cat concealed inside.

The identity of the cat and its owners have not been confirmed. Police said they have yet to determine if Farmer is responsible for the string of other missing or deceased cats reported to the department.

Farmer is expected to be booked into Santa Clara County Jail on one count of felony animal cruelty and other misdemeanor offenses.

Miriam Petrova said she called officers after seeing reports of the arrest, but did not receive any confirmation the deceased cat is GoGo.

“I don’t know what to say,” she said. “Hopefully they will call me and let me know what’s going on.”

In a 3-minute video of GoGo’s abduction, a man approaches the cat about 9:40 p.m. on Sept. 21 wearing a white T-shirt, athletic shorts, and sandals with socks. GoGo runs away, but the abductor eventually picked up the 13-pound cat then ran off screen.

GoGo is described as neutered, with white paws, a white streak of fur on his chest and a lion haircut. Anyone with any information is urged to e-mail the owner at mimka20006@gmail.com.

Police are also asking anyone with knowledge of the incident to call San Jose Assaults Unit at (408) 277-4161.

Jenna Lyons is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: jlyons@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @JennaJourno

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