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Stolen cat report prompts police investigation


PHOTO COURTESY SIMON RICHARD

A Vaudreuil-Dorion resident’s cat has gone missing and he fears it may have been due to the actions of a neighbour. The Sûreté du Québec is investigating.

A Vaudreuil-Dorion resident whose cat has been missing for almost two weeks said he has a witness verifying the cat has been stolen and has asked the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) to investigate.

Simon Richard moved to his home on Laure-Gaudreault Street in 2014 with his girlfriend and their two cats, both of which are stray rescues. Richard said everything was fine until April 12 when a neighbor approached him asking him to keep his cats indoors in respect of the municipal regulations from the town concerning domestic pets.

The law says housecats must be on a leash when outdoors. “On April 13, my neighbour came to my door again and said ‘You don’t listen when I talk to you!’ and started cursing and yelling that he didn’t want my cats going outside. He also said he would, ‘take care of my cats’.” On April 15, the town’s animal control officer issued a warning to Richard for not respecting the leash regulation and by April 16, Gaby, a 4-year-old ginger tabby with a white bib, had disappeared.

“He’s never gone away this long before,” said Richard of the friendly and easily approachable cat. “He’s never missed a meal.” Having the eyewitness account of a the neighbour who said the suspect left, cage in hand, for 15 minutes just after lunch April 16, Richard called the SQ. Despite having called all area veterinary clinics, Vaudreuil-Dorion animal control, the SPCA and a number of animal rescue organizations, Gaby is still unaccounted for. Richard says he only recently learned that a number of cats on the street have disappeared in recent years.

The SQ would not comment on the specifics of the case except to confirm that an investigation had been opened.

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