Sprout, the Stolen Tabby, Finds Her Way Back Home with NYPD’s Help
In an astonishing chain of events that left a New York City community shaken, a tabby kitten named Sprout was taken during an adoption event in broad daylight. Thanks to the swift actions of the NYPD, this story of feline theft has a heartwarming ending.
The Unthinkable: A Feline Theft in Daylight
In the buzzing heart of Union Square, Manhattan, a joyful PETCOLove adoption event turned into a shocking scene when Sprout, a young tabby cat, was stolen. This unthinkable act was shared by John Debacker, a well-known rescuer with numerous heroic cat rescues under his belt.
The Community’s Response: Rallying to Bring Sprout Home
Sprout’s theft led to a tremendous community response. Debacker and his colleagues at The Fabulous Feline Inc. spared no effort in their search for Sprout. The alleged catnapper may not have anticipated the significant reward that was put up for Sprout’s safe return or the fact that Sprout was microchipped, both of which played crucial roles in her eventual recovery.
The Crime: An Adoption Event Turns Sour
As reported by PIX11, on June 4, Sprout was snatched from the adoption event amidst the busy crowd. The cage was locked, but an alleged accomplice reportedly distracted the volunteers while the theft took place. The incident left Sprout’s foster mom, Pat Irizarry, heartbroken.
The Aftermath: A Heartbroken Foster Mom and a Community in Shock
Irizarry had raised Sprout since kittenhood and was devastated by the theft. The reward for Sprout’s safe return was increased from $1,500 to $3,300 in the hopes of luring the thief into returning the kitten. Despite the emotional turmoil and financial setback, this tale takes a hopeful turn.
The Happy Ending: Sprout’s Triumphant Return
After 17 grueling days, the NYPD 13th Precinct located and returned Sprout to The Fabulous Feline Inc. The adorable kitten was overjoyed to reunite with her brother, Sprite, and her dedicated foster mom.
Adopt Sprout: The Right Way to Welcome a Feline into Your Life
As Sprout settles back into her routine, Debacker encourages potential adopters to consider giving Sprout a loving, secure home. Adoption applications can be submitted through The Fabulous Feline Inc.
For more heartwarming rescue stories and updates on Sprout, you can follow The Fabulous Feline Inc. on Facebook and Instagram.
This article is based on a news report from Cole & Marmalade.