By Carol Tannenhauser
Carol Moon, director of The Animal Project, a nonprofit cat rescue and adoption organization, sounded distraught. “Clyde is very shy,” she said, on the phone with West Side Rag on Saturday night. “If they opened the carrier he’s probably hiding under the bed. I just hope they’re feeding him.”
Clyde was stolen from the Petco on West 92nd Street and Broadway last Saturday, October 8th, at around 6:45pm. Moon explained that every weekend, Petco allows The Animal Project to hold an adoption event at the store. Foster parents bring their feline charges to find “forever homes.” Clyde was one of a litter of four 6 to 7-month-old kittens. When the event ended, unadopted, he was in his carrier, waiting to be taken back to his foster home.
“A group of four kids had been hanging around: Black, middle-school age,” Moon recalled. “One of them said, ‘I want a cat.’ I told him to come back next weekend and we could talk about it. Then I turned to another man and when I turned back, Clyde was gone.”
Moon said it was all captured on a security tape, but “the police said it can’t be used because they’re minors.”
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed the account, adding that “no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.”
Anyone with information regarding the theft of Clyde is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.