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Oshkosh Area Humane Society offering reward for stolen kitten

Spanky the kitten was believed to have been stolen from the Oshkosh Area Humane Society Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (Photos provided by Oshkosh Area Humane Society)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- The Oshkosh Area Humane Society is offering a $500 cash reward to anyone who can offer information on a stolen kitten.

OHAS communication coordinator, Cari Tetzlaff told FOX 11, "On Tuesday night we had a kitten taken we believe from our humane society sometime between 5 and 6 pm."

That kitten was Spanky, a domestic shorthair breed. His adoptive family was scheduled to pick him up Wednesday.

"We have been reviewing security footage trying to see if there are any leads, spreading the story to the community. Surely somebody must know someone that has gotten a brown tiger kitten," Tetzlaff said.

The shelters executive director, Joni Geiger said, "Because this was a small kitten they were able to put it in their bag, under their jacket or in their coat and nobody would be the wiser."

The shelter plans to make changes to its security.

"We hate to do it but at this point visitors have to leave coats and purses up on our front desk," Tetzlaff explained.

Geiger said a similar situation several years ago, forced the shelter to put locks on all the rooms and cages.

"We're also thinking seriously how we're going to step up our security and with our cameras," said Geiger.

Visitors are supposed to check-in with the front desk before going into any of the visitation rooms.

"There's really no reason for somebody to steal or take a cat," Tetzlaff said, "We've made it really a friendly process to come in and add a new family member."

Tetzlaff and Geiger hope the person who took Spanky does the right thing by bringing him back.

If anyone has information leading to the kitten, call the Oshkosh Humane Society at (920) 424-2128 or the Oshkosh Police Department at (920) 236-5700.

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