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D.C. woman accused of stealing kitten wanted pet for kids

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A woman charged with stealing an 8-week-old kitten from a Washington Humane Society adoption center told police she was taking the feline for her kids, according to court documents.

"I'll be honest, I wanted the cat. I had to turn in my dog and my daughters wanted another pet," Porsha Evans is quoted as telling the officers in documents filed in D.C. Superior Court.

The kitten, a brown and white tabby named Callista, was taken from the city's New York Avenue shelter during an adoption event May 26. Police said Ms. Evans, while visiting the shelter with a man and two toddlers, put the kitten in a bag and walked out.

The cost to adopt the kitten would have been $85, police noted.

D.C. police tracked the kitten to the home of Ms. Evans, 24, through a log book and surveillance video from the animal shelter.

The man who traveled to the shelter with Ms. Evans signed in to the log book, leaving his address. Ms. Evans told police the man was not involved in the theft and didn't know she had taken the kitten until they returned home.

When officers visited Ms. Evans' home to interview her, they spotted the missing tabby in her living room peeking out from behind an ottoman.

Ms. Evans initially told officers that a friend had dropped off the feline, but later copped to swiping the cat.

Callista was returned to the shelter in good health and later adopted.

Ms. Evans was arraigned in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday and charged with second-degree theft.

She entered a plea of not guilty and will have a status hearing in the case in July.

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