Video shows woman stealing family’s cat off front porch

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CLEVELAND — An Ohio family says someone stole their cat right off the front porch, and they have the video to prove it.

Surveillance video shows a late-model van driving by the family's house on East 52nd Street in the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland early Sept. 25. Then, less than a minute later, a woman walks up to the house and opens a can of cat food. She then approaches and offers the cat, named Storm, some food.

The video then shows her scoop up the cat and walk away toward her van.

The cat's owner, Stephanie Valderin, is especially worried because Storm has some health issues. "She has feline leukemia, and her just being out here and being so stressed out over this ... she needs to be home as soon as possible."

Valderin said her family has had Storm, a purebred Russian Blue, for six years — but they never put a collar on her. She's an inside/outside cat. She likes the warm, sunny spot on the front porch where she spends most of her time in the summer. Close by are food and water.

Valderin said it's possible the person who took Storm thought she was a stray that needed help. Valderin is hoping that person will now know Storm is part of a family.

"I'm hoping somebody, she sees it, or somebody who knows her sees and says, 'Hey, they're really missing their cat, and they're really sick over that,' and I'm just sick wondering what Storm's going through."

The family said they filed a police report but know Cleveland police have more important things to do than search for a cat. They're hoping the person who did this, for whatever reason, sees the report and gives back their cat.


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