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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Department of Awwwww: SFPD Tracks Down Man's Lost Cat In Abandoned House

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 7:30 AM

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UPDATE: See this article.

Have you reached your limit with stories of murder, mayhem, and Proposition 8? Boy have we got the heartwarming tale for you.

Last week, a frantic man flagged down Officer Patrice Scanlan of the Taraval Station, beside himself over his lost cat, "Fluffy." While most stories involving men who see fit to enlist the police in matters involving a creature named "Fluffy" end poorly, this one does not.

The man said he'd lost his cat a month before -- and now believed he heard him meowing from within a home on the 1700 block of 47th Avenue that has sat abandoned since its elderly owner's recent death. It remains a mystery how the feline found its way within the domicile -- as Scanlan found all of its doors and windows tightly sealed.

Scanlan phoned Animal Control -- but was informed that the service couldn't spare anyone at the moment. So she called a locksmith, who popped the house's rusted lock. Scanlan then scoured the house before locating the cat cowering under the oven in an upstairs kitchen.

"Fluffy was reunited with his owner," reads the business-like report recounting the incident. The description concludes with one of the most brilliantly wry passages we've read anywhere, let alone in a police bulletin:

"Taraval officers are here to serve in many ways."

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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