A woman whose missing kitten was taken in by another family who refused to return him has finally been reunited with her beloved pet after five months.
Jessica Smith, 34, and her two young sons were devastated when Felix disappeared in August.
Then, just after Christmas, a vet contacted her to reveal that the kitten was living with a man named Andrew Stoner, who would not give her back.
NHS worker Jessica contacted the police a month ago, and officers finally brought Felix home on Friday.
The mum-of-two said: “The police were waiting with her when I came home from school with the boys – they were both really excited to see her again.
“She ran straight upstairs and sat in her favourite sink. She seems really happy to be home and completely fine.
“We regret the missing five months because we missed out on the whole kitten side of her. But she is still playful and racing around like a lunatic.
Felix was five months old when she went missing from Jessica’s home in High Wych, Herts.
The family organised a huge search, put up posters and sent out leaflets, but Felix was never found.
But shortly before New Year, a local vet phoned to say a kitten with Felix’s microchip had been brought into their surgery.
They put Jessica in touch with Andrew, of Harlow, Essex, but he would not give the kitten back.
Mr Stoner told the Mirror: “We offered to pay for veterinary bills and also buy a kitten or their choice. We are not horrible people – we tried to do right by the animal.”
That was until Hertfordshire Constabulary finally stepped in and arranged a deal to see her returned on Friday.
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