From Washington Humane Society:
Five days after her disappearance from the Washington Humane Society (WHS) New York Avenue Adoption Center, eight-week-old kitten, Callista, is safe and sound.
In the frenzy of a busy adoption day, Callista the kitten was stolen from the WHS adoption center located at 1201 New York Avenue, NE on Sunday, May 26. WHS released the story on Monday, May 27, and what followed was nothing short of amazing. The community responded in outrage, shocked that someone would think of committing such a crime, by helping to get the word out quickly about her theft.
At approximately 5:30 pm last night, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) came to Callista’s rescue, retrieving the kitten from a residential address in DC and promptly returning the kitten to WHS. MPD launched a thorough investigation after viewing video surveillance footage from the adoption center which documented suspicious activity in the area where she was housed. Callista’s case is now a matter for the courts. Additional information will be released as it is available for the public.
WHS is urging the courts to prosecute the offender to the fullest extent of the law.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the Metropolitan Police Department. They took this case seriously for what it was, a theft and a criminal act,” Lisa LaFontaine, WHS President & CEO stated, adding, “We can rest easy knowing that Callista will continue to get the care she needs as she awaits adoption into a responsible and loving home. And our community can rest assured that all animals in our care are precious members of our family, regardless of size, species, or age – and we will do everything possible to protect them.”
And adopted she will be. Since the release of the story, WHS has received numerous calls from individuals interested in providing her with a safe and loving home.