Friday, August 15, 2003

$1,000 reward offered for cat who strayed


'She was all we had left,' owner says

By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] The owners of this cat, named Tammy, are offering a $1,000 reward for her return.
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DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP - After a long day of driving back from Florida to their Akron-area home in late June, Patricia and Irvin McMaster stopped at the Travelodge Inn in Deerfield Township for the night.

The next morning, their 11-year-old cat was missing - after somehow getting out of the hotel room - and they haven't been able to find her in the nearly two months since.

The couple, who are both approaching 80 years old, have placed numerous classified ads in Cincinnati-area newspapers and even hired Mason attorney David Batsche to help them.

They're offering a $1,000 reward.

"This was a gentle, timid, loving little kitty," Irwin McMaster said of Tammy, the long-haired, part-Persian feline they've owned for nearly a decade. "If she had just been hit by a car, we could deal with that. But just not knowing, it's just driven my wife off the deep end."

To the point, he added, that she's seeing a doctor for depression.

The couple has contacted local police and animal shelters, as well as looked on the Internet for any information regarding their cat.

They have no leads. The cat was not wearing a collar because "we had never let her out of our sight," McMaster said.

Their situation comes just weeks after a $10,000 reward led to the return of a Whitewater Township couple's missing Parson Russell terrier, Winnie.

The McMasters still hope Tammy will come home.

"That cat was about all we had left," McMaster said.

E-mail esolvig@enquirer.com




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