Van full of cats stolen in Napa

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A large white van full of cats was stolen in Napa. 

“I could care less about the van. I want my cats!” wrote Margo Cassidy, president of Whiskers, Tails, and Ferals animal shelter.

The Ford Transit van was parked in Cassidy’s neighborhood when a man broke into a van, hotwired it, and drove away at 11 p.m. Sunday. 

 According to Cassidy, there were 16 cats inside the vehicle. 

“It has cats in traps that were just trapped here in Napa in the back of the van,” Cassidy wrote.

A surveillance video camera recorded the theft. “There is video with the thief riding up on his bike dropping it in the street, stealing the van then coming back for the bike by foot. I drove and several friends drove around last night looking for the van for hours.”

The van remained missing on Monday. 

The van’s license plate number is 48007E2.

The cats were stolen, along with the van, before they could be transported by shelter workers to a clinic for veterinary care.

Anyone with information on the van’s whereabouts can call Whiskers, Tails and Ferals at (707) 258-CATS (2287).


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.