A 31-year-old man in Iowa has been arrested for stealing his own cat from a shelter.
The man's cat, Smokie, had a habit of escaping, so he had the cat microchipped.
The past two times he picked Smokie up from the shelter, they didn't charge him anything.
This time, he was told he'd have to pay a $35 fine and he said he'd never been charged before.
So when the shelter employee went into the back to ask the manager, the guy grabbed his cat, put him in a carrier and left.
That's a brave move!
Later, police showed up at his door, threatening to charge him with burglary.
He is now charged with $85 for the cat theft plus the original $35.
He plan to fight the charges.
He's also given the cat to his sister because:
"I can't be getting charged with bogus, trumped up charges every time he gets out."
We guess that solves the problem. Let's hope your sister is more careful about keeping the door shut.
Good luck in court!
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