Searching for Sebastian: The ginger cat disappeared after vandals targeted Taranaki’s cattery
Sebastian disappeared after vandals or would-be burglars tried to break into the cattery where he was staying. Photo / Provided
Has anyone seen Sebastian?
An ‘adorable but very shy’ ginger cat went missing in the Normanby area in a senseless act of intentional damage to a local cattery last Thursday night.
“It’s devastating, they hurt a lot of people.”
Cara Hayes, who owns Pawsome Cattery on Mountain Rd in Normanby, says her personal opinion of who was responsible for Sebastian’s disappearance last week would be unprintable.
On Friday morning, she woke up to find someone had tried to break into the cattery overnight, opening up the animal enclosures.
“They had tried to enter the reception area but couldn’t, so we think they got angry and let the cats out because they realized we didn’t have any cash on hand. places.”
She says each enclosure was deliberately opened by the vandals, giving each of the 14 cats staying at the cattery the chance to get out.
“Fortunately, 13 of those 14 are back safely with us. A total of five cats had left the cattery enclosure, with the others remaining in their beds or at least in the cattery area itself. When we discovered the break-in, we immediately started looking for the five missing cats, and four returned quickly when I called them.”
Sebastian however, was nowhere to be found, Cara said.
“He could go home to Manaia – which is only 14km in a straight line from here.”
She and his owner are hoping he will be spotted in the area because while he is shy and not very fond of people, he “likes his food” and so could well be seen looking for a meal on his path.
Cara says that while they already had security in place, they are now putting additional measures in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
“We’ve been in business for almost seven years now, and we’ve never even approached a cat that’s been out before because of the security and procedures we have in place. We’re amplifying these measures even further, adding additional security cameras to the ones we already have, and installing new mesh in enclosures that cannot be cut.”
Police came to the cattery to try to get fingerprints from the affected areas, she said, but the heavy rain didn’t help.
“I just don’t understand why anyone would do this and ask anyone who sees a ginger cat that matches Sebastian’s description to contact me or its owner as soon as possible.”
At around 7kg, Sebastian is now taller than he appears in available photos of him, she says. He is a 4 year old male ginger cat with a white belly and paws and is microchipped.
If anyone spots Sebastian or a cat matching this description, please call Cara on 0274 401 791 or owner Heather on 027 517 5511.