Cat is back

Kitten was taken from a Red Deer Petland and returned anonymously on Thursday

Kennedy the kitten may have used up a life.

The adorable calico kitten, who was swiped from Red Deer’s Petland last Friday afternoon, was returned to the store on Thursday about 1:30 p.m.

“We’re just so relieved she’s back in our care,” said Erica Coomber, director of operations for Alberta Animal Services in Red Deer.

Alberta Animal Services staff were worried about the cute kitten because she was suffering from a “cat cold” and needed treatment.

Related story: Kitten still missing

Coomber said Kennedy was definitely suffering from the upper respiratory virus she was being treated for when she was taken. She was dehydrated, had an eye infection and was congested.

She was being treated on Friday at Clearview Dog and Cat Hospital, where she will get fluids and antibiotics.

“She should start to feel a little bit better in the next few days we’re hoping.”

The cat was returned anonymously. A man in the parking lot of Petland handed it to a customer walking in, saying, “Here’s the kitten that’s all over the news.”

Police say they still have not identified the suspect who was caught on a video surveillance camera. RCMP thanked the media and all who passed on Kennedy’s plight for helping create a happy ending.

Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.

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