A local animal shelter is seeking help in locating a kitten that was allegedly stolen from an adoption event at a pet store on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pet Pal Animal Shelter said two women bagged an adoptable kitten and walked out of the Pet Food Warehouse near North 62nd Avenue and Interstate 275.
“One of our adoptable kittens named Stevie was stolen (yes!) this afternoon from the Pet Food Warehouse,” the St. Petersburg shelter posted on Facebook Aug. 24.
The store hosts adoption events for the St. Petersburg-based shelter. The kitten is a 4-month-old male who is neutered and microchipped, according to Pet Pal.
Pet Pal said he asked the two women suspected of giving kitten cuddles to fire Stevie.
“To the two women who walked out of the store with Stevie in your bag: please take him back to our shelter and do the right thing,” the shelter said.
The shelter also asked anyone with information about the alleged theft to contact the St. Petersburg Police Department.
An SPPD spokesperson said the pet store is actually under the jurisdiction of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. However, a PCSO spokesperson also said it was outside of its jurisdiction and had no further information about the alleged theft.
Pet Pals did not respond to requests for comment and updates on the missing feline.
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