Van filled with cats stolen from Napa animal rescue

Van filled with cats stolen from Napa animal rescue

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By Rachel Swan, The San Francisco Chronicle

Napa police are investigating the alleged kidnapping of 10 cats in a large, white van, apparently hot-wired and stolen by a thief who rode up on a bicycle.

The van, a large Ford transit vehicle, belongs to Whiskers, Tails and Ferals, a nonprofit dedicated to finding homes for homeless cats and dogs. The Ford’s feline passengers were all sitting in traps in the capacious trunk, having been captured from various parts of Napa.

“I could care less about the van. I want my cats!!!!” Margo Cassidy wrote in a frantic Facebook post, saying she’d viewed footage of the caper on a neighbor’s surveillance camera. According to patrol Sgt. Keri Sedgley, it occurred at 10:56 p.m. Sunday night.

Cassidy believes the thief was able to start the van within four minutes of opening it, despite it being locked with no keys inside the vehicle. After discovering it had vanished, Cassidy and several friends canvassed the area for hours, but turned up nothing.

She asked the public to look for a white van with license plate 48007E2.



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