Sick kitten missing after burglars ransack Austin home

Home burglary victim thinks kitten was taken.

UPDATE: The kitten was found later Thursday after a Good Samaritan watching KXAN News at 5 made an anonymous report saying they saw the cat in the back seat of a car. Police retrieved the cat and arrested two people for breaking into the home.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Becky Schaeffer got home from work last Tuesday night and quickly realized something was very wrong.

“A rock had been thrown through a front bedroom window,” she said. “And every light in the house was on all the doors and cabinets had been opened, the house had been ransacked.”

Burglars took some of her jewelry and handbags but what really bothers her is that thieves also took 7-week-old kitten Rafaela.

“This kitten is still being treated for an upper respiratory infection and does need her medication,” added Schaeffer. “If she doesn’t get to finish her medication it could get worse and possibly cost her, her life”.

Becky knows the break in is not the crime of the century and says she can replace her belongings.

“The best thing that could happen right now is that if the kitten could be found” said Schaeffer. “Because it may be just the life of a kitten and I know some people think of it that way but it’s something that means a lot to me.”

Schaeffer asks the burglars to turn the kitten in at Austin Pets Alive so she can get the medicine she needs. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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