Do you know who owns this exotic cat?

Authorities are looking for the owner of this cat. Southside Daily/Courtesy of Virginia Beach Animal Control)
Authorities are looking for the owner of this cat. Southside Daily/Courtesy of Virginia Beach Animal Control)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Animal Control officials are looking for the owner of an “exotic cat,” asking that owner to immediately contact authorities.

Around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Animal Control officers fielded a call about an exotic cat sighting near the 2300 Block of Shore Drive.

Officers searched the area, found cat tracks, but no cat.

The cat is believed to weigh about 25 pounds and has long legs, making it about 25 inches tall at the shoulders, authorities said.

“Because the cat did have a collar on with two boxes (possibly electric fencing or tracking), Animal Control believes the cat has an owner and is asking the owner to contact the office at 385-6581,” officials wrote in a news release.

If the cat is domesticated, Animal Control officials said it may be social with humans, but authorities strongly suggest people to not approach or interact with the animal.

Instead, call Animal Control dispatchers at 757-385-5000 and report the sighting.

“This type of cat is known to eat small rodents such as mice and squirrels as well as small birds,” authorities said.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.