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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"Felicity," Black and White, DSH, Belmont

Still Missing as of December 14, 2013


Felicity is a twelve year old, spayed, seven pound, indoor/outdoor, white and black DSH. When she went missing she was not wearing a collar and she is not microchipped. 

She was last seen at midnight on Tuesday, July 9th. We performed the search July 28. There were no sightings of Felicity after she went missing despite an extensive search of the surrounding area. 

After performing a perimeter check of the area, which was extensive due to the layout of the neighborhood, which was a large clover leaf shaped neighborhood, with water tanks and streets leading off into several ways out of the neighborhood, we found Felicity's scent leading out of the area. Within a few blocks, the scent led directly into a neighbor's yard, and into a large section of overgrown Juniper bushes. As we were checking this yard and attempting contact at the door, a large and very friendly cat approached us and walked almost directly up to Dino, who was trying hard not to greet this obviously friendly cat with his usual "kitty pounce." Strangely, this cat had similar black and white markings to Felicity (batman-like facial mask), and Felicity's person thinks that this was one of the cats he received a cat about as a possible sighting, but he said he was never able to find the cat to confirm or deny. 

When nobody answered the door, I had Dino do a check of the Juniper bushes, yard and driveway to see if there was a track leading out, or if Felicity was still in the yard. There was a track leading out, after the scent appeared to be somewhat scattered around the large fenced in hillside yard first, before leading out of the driveway. 

From there, mile after mile, it eventually became apparent that Felicity was being carried by a human walking. The track led directly and quickly out of the exclusive, hilly suburban neighborhood and eventually through three cities (Belmont, San Carlos and Redwood City), all the way to the area of a very large community hospital, where the search was stopped after several hours due to exhaustion on everybody's part. 

They said they would continue to look for Felicity. 

Based on the search, it appears that Felicity was originally chased by a critter (cat, coyote, raccoon, dog) from  her home area to another area several blocks away, where it appears she was able to escape into the Juniper bushes. How long she was there, we can't tell. The bushes were thick and on a sloping hillside yard, enough coverage for a petite size cat to escape and hide. Based on the scattered scent around the large, fenced yard before leading out, it appears that Felicity was chased and forceably picked up and carried out. Her people did confirm she is not normally friendly toward strangers. The type of people who would be walking around the area in the middle of the night and picking up cats would be transient/homeless people searching for recycling of cans. Another clue that she was picked and carried away, is that once we got out of the hillside neighborhood, and down into the flatter neighborhoods of San Carlos, we asked a man what day of the week he trash was picked up and he said Thursday. Felicity was last seen at midnight on Tuesday evening. This would match with the timeframe of being at in Felicity's area and getting to that part of San Carlos, which is next to Belmont, on the north end, by early Thursday morning. Also, for some strange reason, and not a battery issue this time, the GPS map stopped about a quarter mile before we actually stopped, so it does not show the weaving back and forth we did in that neighborhood prior to stopping. I have seen this in other cases where the animal was with a transient looking for recycling. They weave back and forth in these neighborhoods, up and down the streets when the cans are out in the middle of the night. 


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Created by Google My Tracks on Android.
Name: Felicity Belmont
Activity type: -
Description: -
Total distance: 11.57 km (7.2 mi)
Total time: 3:45:26
Moving time: 2:49:55
Average speed: 3.08 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.09 km/h (2.5 mi/h)
Max speed: 8.89 km/h (5.5 mi/h)
Average pace: 19.48 min/km (31.4 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 14.68 min/km (23.6 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 6.75 min/km (10.9 min/mi)
Max elevation: 183 m (601 ft)
Min elevation: -18 m (-60 ft)
Elevation gain: 199 m (654 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 7/30/2013 9:38am