WASHINGTON, DC – A three-month-old kitten was stolen from a D.C. animal shelter this past Saturday afternoon.
D.C. police say the suspect, who had two children accompanying her, walked into the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League (WHS/WARL) Adoption Center on New York Avenue NE at about 5:40 p.m. and asked to see some cats.
While the staff was helping other customers, the suspect apparently walked out with the kitten, D.C. police said.
The kitten, who is a brown female tabby named Princess Jazzy, still needed medical procedures performed before she could be adopted, the Washington Humane Society stated.
“It is hard to believe that someone would commit such a crime,” Scott Giacoppo, chief community welfare officer for WHS/WARL, said in a press release. “In addition to breaking the law, they have put this kitten’s health in jeopardy by circumventing our easy adoption process, and denying the kitten needed medical care.”
The group is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief.
Anyone with any information at all is urged to call 202-576-6664.