Victoria police and Victoria Animal Control Services say they are looking for person of interest after a kitten was found trapped in a shaving case in a garbage can at Hillside Shopping Centre.
The kitten, who has been dubbed “Lily,” was found by Brian Boria on June 4 at about 9:30 a.m. He was on his morning maintenance shift when he found her in a shaving kit bag in the garbage can. She was then taken to a vet for treatment.
Victoria police said they were contacted about the incident on June 6 and have gone through CCTV footage in the area. Officers have found a person of interest in the footage and think that man may have information on what happened to the kitten.
The man was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie, jeans and white shoes. Police said he was noticeably hunched over. He is associated with a dark grey vehicle, possibly a 2010 Ford Escape.
Police have also shared a short video of the man taken from surveillance video. The section of the video was recorded at around 6:30 a.m. The man is hunched over in the video as he quickly walks past the store. He then turns back to his vehicle and drives away.
“One of the things we’re hoping is that someone else has some footage in the area. This maybe will spur people to review their surveillance footage. Or if anyone has any dashcam footage and they were in the mall at around 6:30 on the fourth of June,” Const. Matt Ruterford, public affairs officer with VicPD, said.
Anyone who has information or knows who the man is can call VicPD at 250-995-7654.
Lily is currently recovering and will be up for adoption in three to four weeks. She is gaining weight and growing. But she appears to have developmental issues. Anyone adopting her will have to be experienced caring for a “special needs” kitten.
Victoria Animal Control Services (VACS) said hundreds of people have already expressed interest.