Police look to ID woman caught on video abandoning cat in box at NH Wal-Mart
DERRY — Police are trying to identify a woman who left a cat abandoned in a box at Wal-Mart.
Police responded to the store on Ashleigh Drive around 10:40 p.m. June 8 to investigate a report of an abandoned animal. Store staff members told police someone had placed a cat inside a cardboard box and left it in a shopping cart in the store vestibule.
Surveillance footage shows a dark sedan pull into a handicapped parking spot around 10:30 p.m. that day. A woman with reddish hair gets out of the car, grabs a shopping cart and then returns to the car where she takes a cardboard box from the car, puts it in the cart and returns the cart to the store. On the video, then woman than leaves the store leaving the box behind. The driver of the car then meets the woman outside the car and picks her up as she is leaving.
An employee found the box with the cat inside a few minutes after the car drove off. The cat appeared to be malnourished and poorly groomed and was taken to an emergency veterinarian where it had to be euthanized.
Police are investigating the case as animal cruelty.
If anyone recognizes the car or woman or has information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact Derry police at 603-432-6111.