It seems it’s not only cats that have nine lives, but cat-nappers as well.
A 20-year-old student has had charges of theft dropped against him after he took a partially blind cat from a Hong Kong bookstore in July.
The man, surnamed Hui, was released on a HKD1,000 bail on Friday at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court, providing he observes good behaviour for a year.
However, the court ordered checks on the animal welfare conditions at Sam Kee Book Co in North Point, which houses at least 30 cats, reports Ming Pao.
Then 19, Hui, who studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, took four-year-old kitty Fok Jai (Lucky Boy – that’s his name, not a judgement) from the store in July last year but handed the cat into the SPCA a few days later.
He said he visited the cats in the shop regularly when he felt sad, but realised taking Fok Jai was wrong.
The alarm was raised when Fok Jai did not turn up for the regular feeding at the shop. CCTV footage showed a hooded Hui bundling the cat into a rucksack and hurrying out of the shop – giving new meaning to the expression “cat burglar”.