A missing kitten who lived for five months with a man who wouldn’t give her back has been reunited with her original family. There are some who are defending the family who cared for her during the interim.
Jessica Smith and her two sons have a cat named Felix who disappeared in August 2018 from their home in High Wych, Herts. The family was devasted. They organized a search, put up posters and sent out leaflets. Still, no sign of Felix.
Then just after Christmas Jessica was contacted by a vet who informed her Felix was living with a man named Andrew Stoner. Stoner refused to give her back, despite Felix being identified as Jessica’s cat when a microchip was found.
The veterinarian pet Jessica in touch with Stone of Harlow, Essex. Stone said during an interview with Mirror
“We offered to pay for veterinary bills and also buy a kitten or their choice. We are not horrible people – we tried to do right by the animal.”
Jessica contacted police in January. Last Friday the Hertfordshire Constabulary arranged a deal to reunite Felix with her family and brought her home.
“The police were waiting with her when I came home from school with the boys – they were both really excited to see her again. She ran straight upstairs and sat in her favourite sink. She seems really happy to be home and completely fine.”
This is yet another case of a microchip helping a cat find her way home. In many cases, a microchip is what determines the rightful owner and can be admitted into evidence, should an ownership case go to court.