Animal lovers in San Jose, California are concerned about their missing cats – and now the police have confirmed that the animals have fallen prey to a heartless pet thief. KRON 4 News reported on Thursday that the pet thief has reportedly been caught on video surveillance twice – and at least three cats from one area have gone missing in the span of less than two weeks.
KRON 4 reported yesterday that animal control services confirmed that it is currently investigating these disturbing incidents, including a cat who was reportedly found dead in a box. Pet owner Miriam Petrova, whose cat remains missing, is devastated that he was stolen. “What happened, and why?” she asked.
Petrova’s 17-year-old cat, GoGo, had been missing from his home for one day, and when Petrova viewed the footage from her property’s security cameras, she was stunned. “We saw the tape shows see this horrible crime,” she said.
The footage, recorded on Sept. 21, depicted a car making a U-turn and stopping near her cat. “GoGo was lying here, and you can see a man walk up and grab him,” Petrova stated. “He was so sweet that I don’t understand how anyone can do that.”
ABC 7 News noted on Wednesday that GoGo tried to escape, but was unable to do so because of advanced age. He couldn’t run away fast enough – and the pet thief took him from his home. As of this writing, GoGo remains missing.
While GoGo remains missing, Petrova still hangs on to hope, but for pet owner Janice McKimmie, the wondering and waiting is sadly over. McKimmie is grieving the death of her cat, Beardsley, 15, after his body was found. The beloved cat had been missing for several days when McKimmie found him – and there’s no question, in her mind, that her cat was murdered.
“He was found in a box with plastic around him, and rocks on top of the box,” she said. Disturbingly, Beardsley’s body was found in the same neighborhood where GoGo was stolen from – and McKimmie doesn’t think that this is a coincidence. “There has to be a connection – we have a predator,” she stated.
After a veterinarian performed a necropsy, it was determined that Beardsley died from blunt force trauma. While Beardsley was wearing a collar when he disappeared, it was absent from his body when he was found.
GoGo remains among the missing. He’s a long haired orange cat who currently has a “lion” cut. He is loved and very much missed.
These pet thefts are particularly concerning, given the death of at least one of the missing cats – and many are concerned that it’s only a matter of time before this heartless person moves on to human victims. Numerous studies have shown an established correlation between animal abuse and crimes against human victims. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), those who commit violent crimes against nonhuman animals are more likely to commit violent crimes against humans than those who don’t hurt animals.