California cat appears 3 years after she was presumed killed with owner

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A cat who had been believed killed along with her owner in a huge mudslide has been found three years later.

Patches, who had been missing since Jan. 9, 2018. (Jillian Title/Animal Shelter Assistance Program via AP) 

The Animal Shelter Assistance Program in Santa Barbara County says the calico named Patches was brought in as a stray last month and a microchip scan revealed her identity.

Patches had been missing since Jan. 9, 2018, when a rainstorm on the vast burn scar of the Thomas Fire sent a debris-laden torrent crashing down through hillside neighborhoods of Montecito.

Twenty-three people were killed, including Patches’ owner, Josie Gower. The devastation of the debris flow was so terrible that the bodies of two victims were never found.

The ASAP shelter says Patches was found less than a quarter-mile from where her Montecito home stood.
She was reunited with Gower’s partner, Norm Borgatello, on New Year’s Eve.

“Though we don’t know exactly what she’s been doing with her life for the past three years, we can see that both Patches and Norm are thrilled to be reunited,” the shelter said in a Facebook post.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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