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article imageRobbers break into home, put kitten in washing machine

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Sep 16, 2009 in Crime
Kimberly Ross got a little kitten from a friend as an early 50th birthday present. She named the kitten Ruby and bought her a red collar and a red litter box. Now Ruby is gone.
Roseville, Mich.--When Kimberly Ross and her 13-year-old daughter, Lucey, returned home shortly before 11 p.m. Monday night they heard noise coming from the washing machine.
The first thing Ross thought was the kitten had gotten behind the washer. She then noticed there were wet clothes on the floor. As Freep.com reports, Ross looked in the widow of the washer and thought, Oh please don't let it be her. She then saw one of Ruby's paws.
Ross was trying to figure out how the kitten got in the washer, and then realized the home had been burglarized and robbed.
A heart broken Ross said, "All she ever did was sit in the window and wait for us to come when we weren't home."
According to police, the burglars took a laptop, a Nintendo Wii game system and cash.
Roseville Police said the burglar or burglars also removed a load of wet clothes from the machine and put the kitten inside and turned the washer on.
As ClickonDetroit reports, Roseville Deputy Police Chief James Berlin said, "This is animal cruelty to the utmost and hopefully we can catch these people and prosecute them. The torture this animal must have through when it was cycling through – you just can't comprehend it. It's just disgusting."
The Michigan Humane Society is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Ruby's death.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roseville Police Department at (586) 775-2100.
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