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Saturday, June 8, 2013

"Sugar," Persian, Flame Point, San Jose


Sugar is an unneutered, male, four year old, indoor only, eight pound, flame point Persian cat. When he went missing he was not wearing any collar and he was not microchipped.

There were no sightings of Sugar after he went missing. He was missing for almost two weeks when I was called to come out.

He was last seen around 11 PM on a Monday evening, by his people when he asked to leave the bedroom and hang out in the living room on his cat tree. 

Other tenants in the home came home in the middle of the night, and they were the last people to see Sugar. Sometime during the time of these people coming home, Sugar got out of the front door, which is the only way to leave. 

The next morning, Tuesday, Sugar was not seen, but, per his people, it was not uncommon for Sugar to remain hiding. When they got home later in the day, after dark, they looked for Sugar, but could not find him. They looked all over the house and surrounding area, but did not see him, and nobody had seen him. 

The next day, Wednesday, they started to put up flyers and continued for several more days in the surrounding apartment complexes and condo complexes behind them and in front of them. Nobody had seen Sugar at all. Sugar's people were convinced that Sugar had been picked up and that somebody was holding him inside the house. 

When I got there, I showed Dino the entire area, several blocks of the area surrounding their home. Then I took Dino to the middle and started him. He immediately took off down the street, turned the corner and kept going down the street. 

After a few more blocks, I stopped to ask Sugar's people some questions. I asked them when does their trash cans get picked up, and they said anytime on Wednesday, but they put out the cans the night before on the street, next to the curb. I then started to explain something that they already knew, being long time residents of the area. San Jose has a very large and entrenched transient population. They camp and live throughout the vast system of creeks that wander throughout the city and Santa Clara County. One of the things that transients do is collect recycling and turn it in for cash, and they regularly will make the rounds of all the trash cans during the night.

Based on the track we found, it appears that Sugar was picked up by a transient sometime Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning as they passed in the area to check the cans. The track we found out of the area was clearly human, and not a scared, lost, indoor only cat. Along the way, we passed by numerous homeless camps, along creeks and under overpasses. 

The track was stopped at the four hour mark by Sugar's people. They said they would continue to look for him. 


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Created by Google My Tracks on Android.
Name: Sugar San Jose
Activity type: -
Description: -
Total distance: 8.98 km (5.6 mi)
Total time: 3:32:11
Moving time: 2:17:05
Average speed: 2.54 km/h (1.6 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.93 km/h (2.4 mi/h)
Max speed: 8.33 km/h (5.2 mi/h)
Average pace: 23.62 min/km (38.0 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 15.26 min/km (24.6 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 7.20 min/km (11.6 min/mi)
Max elevation: 52 m (171 ft)
Min elevation: 27 m (88 ft)
Elevation gain: 190 m (624 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 6/8/2013 2:51pm