Mom says men who found daughter’s lost kitten held it for ransom

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KOB) One Albuquerque, New Mexico family did what many people do when they lost a beloved pet. They put up signs and went out looking on their own until they got the call they had been waiting for. Someone found their lost kitten, but getting it back wasn’t so simple.

The owner of the cat, an 11-year-old girl, put up the signs. There was no reward listed, but the people who called demanded one.

“I just don’t feel like it was fair,” the girl’s mother said. “I don’t feel like an adult should do that to a child.”

The fliers were met with a text message response that in part read: “I had to buy her kitty food and medicine. In order for me to release the kitty, I will need a payment of $50 at the least. $50 or I can just keep the cat.”

The men who found the cat named Lefty – because she always turns left – claimed they cared for her, but the girl’s mother believes it was just an excuse to get some money out of them. The food and the medicine the people claimed they bought to give the cat were never given over to the family when they asked for it.

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