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The ambassador, who was not identified, abandoned his wife while she was in Europe last month attending the wedding of her daughter from a previous marriage. He took all of their financial assets, her jewelry and clothes and left her penniless.

But what really hurt, according to a Ynet interview with the distraught wife, was the disappearance her 40 cats and two dogs. It was not clear whether the ambassador took the pack of pets with him.

Divorce lawyers are now involved, but the question remains: Who gets custody of the cats?

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