DETROIT  (WWJ) – The Michigan Humane Society is offering a reward for the safe return of a kitten that was stolen from the Detroit Center on Thursday.

A video captures the theft, in which a woman and a young girl are seen in the visiting area for adoptable animals, and the woman reaches in a cage and stuffs the 10-week-old kitten into her purse, and the girl watches to make sure a volunteer does not return to the area.

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Misty Gish - Stolen KittenThe kitten, named Misty Gish, is a domestic short hair with white and gray markings. She has recently been spayed, has a shaved belly and a tattoo (a circle with a line through it indicated that she was spayed). She has a microchip and has been reported missing to the microchip company.

Video surveillance cameras show a woman wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts, sunglasses, and carrying a large purse while entering the shelter with a young girl who was wearing a pink T-shirt and pink sneakers.

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The two are seen leaving the shelter and are believed to have gotten into what appears to be a late 1990’s Lexus sedan that backs down Custer Street, a side street next to the shelter. Lady2cropped_MHS

“This is a deplorable act and we are hopeful that our compassionate community will help identify this perpetrator and ensure a safe return for Misty Gish,” said Debby MacDonald, MHS Chief Cruelty Investigator. “It’s even more disheartening that a young girl was used to help in this crime, and that the kitten was shoved into a purse on a 90-degree day.”

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The Michigan Humane Society is asking anyone with information regarding this stolen kitten to contact the MHS Cruelty Hotline at (313) 872-3401 and are offering a $500 reward for the safe return of the kitten.