An appeal for information and the safe return has been issued for two rescued kittens who were stolen following a break-in at an animal rescue centre in Suffolk.
The 12 week-old siblings, named Pluto and Lilo, were taken from their enclosure on 2nd January at the RSPCA Suffolk and East Ipswich branch after intruders trespassed onto the site forcing the cattery door open. They also took the kitten’s paperwork and veterinary notes.
The kittens, who came into rescue with a sibling (who was rehomed on New Year’s Day) after being abandoned in November.
Kennel supervisor Natalie Wood said: “We are really concerned for Pluto and Lilo and can’t understand why they have been stolen like this.
“They are both fed a special diet to aid some health issues, so we are extremely worried for their wellbeing.
“I am asking anyone with any information to please let us or Suffolk police know so we can have Pluto and Lilo returned safely to us. Pluto is a black and white male, and Lilo is a dark tortoiseshell female. Both are microchipped and are now registered as stolen, so we would be so grateful if people can keep their eyes and ears open for any word on their whereabouts.”
Natalie added: “Unfortunately, our CCTV here at the site was out of action at the time of the break in, so we’re not sure exactly what time the kittens were taken, however their litter trays were not as dirty as normal which leads us to think they were most likely taken yesterday evening.”
Suffolk Police were called and a forensic team has investigated. No money or other goods were taken, apart from the kitten’s paperwork which was attached to the front of their enclosure, and a food bowl and toys.
UPDATE: The kittens were safely returned on the evening of 2nd January.
“Staff at the RSPCA Suffolk and East Ipswich branch are relieved that the two kittens taken from the property on Monday night have been returned to the centre. Police will now continue to investigate the incident so no further information is available at this time.”