West Hollywood resident Kim Byers had Miss Kitty, a semi-feral cat stolen from her front porch this past Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 4:35 p.m., on North Vista Street, near Plummer Park.
“MISS KITTY STOLEN FROM FRONT PORCH,” reads a post on her social media platforms. “I have a semi-feral cat that I have cared for (with my neighbor) for several years that lives on my front porch with her heated bed and 3 meals a day (and the occasional overnight on the sofa when it’s really cold). Having worked to gain her trust over the years, she has become relaxed with being approached and handled a bit.”
Byers, who has been a West Hollywood resident for the past six years, says Miss Kitty was not at her usual spot this past Sunday. After a day without a sign of Miss Kitty, she played back her Ring camera footage and found a 30-second snippet showing a stranger in her front porch putting the sleeping cat into a pet carrier.
@ring footage captured Miss Kitty-a semi-feral cat being stolen from the porch where she was being cared for in @WeHoCity by Plummer Park. Call Kim at 424-625-8086 with any info on the sickly cat. Or just return her. #wehotime #wehonews #wehocity @WHDLASD pic.twitter.com/lDdx6zoNEL
— WEHO TIMES (@WEHO_TIMES) May 25, 2022
“The person came with a pet carrier, so it looks like it was premeditated” Byers told WEHO TIMES. “We have no idea who it is. It kind of strikes me as someone who was on foot, but it’s hard to tell. From what I could tell Miss Kitty was asleep in her heated bed and this person grabbed her before she had a chance to wake up.”
Byers says Miss Kitty is really fragile and quite old. The neighborhood on Vista Street knows the cat well. She was a catch, fix, and release about 14 years ago. “I was the first person to gain her trust,” she said. “They got her in the bag before she could not get her wits about her. We were working on getting her to be ok to take to a vet. She isn’t likely to survive otherwise. She needs medical attention.”
Though Byers has not made an official police report, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station has been notified via email by one of the neighbors. A lieutenant said he has the information and that he would get the word out. Missing cat posters are currently in the works.
“If you are the person who took her, please just place her back in her bed which is waiting for her,” she posted on her Facebook page. “NO QUESTIONS.”
Miss Kitty was taken during the City of West Hollywood inaugural Pet Week, which includes a Feline Day. Anyone with any information on the cat stolen on N Vista Street in West Hollywood can text or leave a message with info at: (424) 625-8086.