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Car found, cat still missing after woman rescues dog in North St. Louis County

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Janice Ritter's cat was inside her Jeep when it was stolen at Bella Fontaine West Park ( Credit: KMOV) Janice Ritter's cat was inside her Jeep when it was stolen at Bella Fontaine West Park ( Credit: KMOV)
Janice Ritter speaks with News 4 after her cat and car was stolen in North St. Louis County ( Credit: KMOV) Janice Ritter speaks with News 4 after her cat and car was stolen in North St. Louis County ( Credit: KMOV)
NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

A glimpse of good news for a North St. Louis County woman -- her stolen 2016 gray Jeep Patriot has been found. The bad news? The cat that was trapped inside is still missing.

Janice Ritter is desperate to find the cat. The car thief struck as the woman was rescuing a dog April 7.

For a few short minutes, Janice Ritter thought it was her lucky day. After only spending a few minutes searching for a friend's dog, she found him at Bella Fontaine West Park.

"Very relieved. Very excited. I was never expecting to find the dog," she said. "He was shivering and in very weak condition."

She said five neighborhood kids were helping when she asked the boys to go get blankets out of her car.

"They said 'sure' and ran back over to the car. And they came running back and said 'your car is gone.' I said, 'What do you mean the car is gone?' We weren't away from the car even 15 minutes," Ritter said.

It happened exactly one week after Ritter bought her new 2016 gray Jeep Patriot.

But what upset her the most is what was inside the car -- a black cat, recovering from surgery.

"I just want the cat back. I don't want something bad to happen. I don't know the people who took the car. I don't know if they are cat lovers or animal lovers or will just release the cat somewhere or if they are going to do something horrible to it," Ritter said.

Ritter said insurance can take care of the car, and the items inside can be replaced. But she can't stop thinking about the cat.

She is begging whoever took cat to return it. If they've already released it, she is asking the person to tell her where so she can try and find it again.

Ritter said $1,650 has been raised as a reward for returning the cat. A separate GoFundMe, just for Ritter, has raised more than $2,700.

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