ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico family wants to know who kicked in their back door and stole their $8,000 pet, but mainly they just want the exotic cat back.
Laurie Badillo bought their F1 Savannah cat for her daughter Hillary when she was just a baby. Hillary is now six and is so upset about losing her friend that she’s offering up her own money for a reward.
Tritan is not your everyday house cat; he’s a cross between an African serval and a domestic cat.
Badillo says you can’t put a price tag on the kind of companion he was to Hillary.
Hillary was devastated when she came home to find that her house had been ransacked. Burglars stole a TV and other electronics but they say none of that mattered.
They just want Tritan back. “He’s my daughter’s, we got him for her first birthday, she’s grown up with him,” said Badillo.
Now Badillo is worried for Tritan’s safety. She says he’s not the friendliest cat, and that he only really trusts her and her daughter.
“We’re just afraid that somebody might think that he’s wild and hurt him,” she said.
“He was like a human and I loved him like he was like my brother,” said Badillo’s 6-year-old daughter, Hillary.
She loves Tritan so much she is offering up her tooth fairy money as a reward to anyone that can bring the cat home. “If the people have Tritan or if they bring him back I’ll give them my money because I just want him Tritan back. They could keep the stuff but Tritan is important,” she said.
The family says they have already contacted animal control in case the cat just got out while the home was being robbed but so far no luck.
These Savannah cats are rare and expensive. People only started cross-breeding African servals with house cats 30 years ago. They can weigh up to 25 pounds.