The Terania Street community of North Lismore in NSW is mourning the loss of Ralph, a 14-year-old black cat who was catnapped last month in broad daylight.
Zane Dean was studying on his veranda and witnessed the snatching.
Ralph could barely walk it was just pathetic, he said.
He caught half the registration number of the car, while another witness caught the rest. They called Ralph’s owner, Lynda Saville, who hurried home and phoned the police.
Saville was frantic, having an especially close relationship with Ralph. Five years ago she’d spent months coaxing the once feral street cat into her home.
After showering Ralph with TLC, she won his trust. Three years ago she brought him with her when she moved to her current home where the community fell in love with him.
Every day Ralph would sunbake outside the Aussie Digger camping store with Freddy the Feral Freeloader (pictured in photo above with Saville) a ginger also rescued from the street by Saville soaking up the sun and the loving strokes from staff, passersby and school children.
He was such a beautiful cat and deserved to live out his life in peace, she said.
When I brought home a rescued five-week-old kitten, Bella, 18 months ago, Ralph adopted her straight away.
He pushed a teddy bear out of her box and was still sleeping with her before he was taken. Little Bella hasnt left the box since.
Police found the catnappers, but not Ralph.
The police found them, but I said I wouldnt make a formal complaint if they told me the truth, Saville said.
One came forward saying they just wanted to have some fun, telling me theyd dumped him in South Lismore. I spent a week out searching for him day and night, then two weeks later he told me it was actually North Lismore near the greyhounds, but by then it was too late.
Im doing this for closure I just want to get across to people that this is not fun. Go and have your fun but not at the expense of others.
Ralph has not been recovered.