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Loved cat Mr Muk ‘stolen’ from Canonbury street

"Mr Muk is part of the community. Kids have been crying that he’s missing, people are really, really upset"

17 August, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Izabela Mnich, who has put up posters appealing for witnesses to the whereabouts of Mr Muk

A SIBERIAN cat who poses for pictures with passers-by in Canonbury was apparently brazenly stolen from outside his home.

Izabela Mnich has been left devastated since her 10-year-old cat Mr Muk vanished last month.

After putting up missing cat posters across Islington, she received calls from witnesses claiming they saw a man carrying the ginger feline to Canonbury Overground station, where he boarded a train between about 8.45pm and 9pm on July 30.

Ms Mnich, 34, said about the day of his disappearance: “I was at work and I started to feel really weird. I came home and asked my neighbours if they had seen my cat.

“Normally, when I call him he comes after about 10 minutes, he’s like a dog. He didn’t come and I was completely devastated.”

Mr Muk sitting on the wall outside his home in Petherton Road

Mr Muk is known for sitting on the wall outside his home in Petherton Road, with a paper wristband hanging off his collar with the #MrMuk hashtag on.

Passers-by often pose for pictures with him, posting them on social media.

However, the huge cat had not always been social and was nurtured by Ms Mnich, an artist, for years before he became a local star.

This is not the first time he has vanished, disappearing for two months before being found in Stevenage in Hertfordshire several years ago. Ms Mnich still has no answers as to how he ended up there.

On this occasion, the bright pink wristband attached to his collar was found torn off and left outside her home.

“Mr Muk is part of the community,” said Ms Mnich. “Kids have been crying that he’s missing, people are really, really upset. I just want him to come home.”

Mr Muk was last seen being carried by an unknown male at Canonbury Station

The Met Police are investigating the theft and are appealing for witnesses.

Ms Mnich, however, wants police to take stolen pet cases more seriously and to have more urgency investigating the cases.

She said that although police had made enquiries, they had not yet acquired or viewed CCTV at the station after she informed them of the witnesses who called her earlier this month.

“We have to start to treat them seriously, it is an incredible emotional strain,” she said. “They feel like part of the family. It’s not a mobile phone or computer. We need to start a debate about pets going missing.”

Islington Police tweeted: “Mr Muk is a beloved cat that has been stolen from outside his owner’s house and was last seen being carried by an unknown male at Canonbury Station.”

To report of sighting of Mr Muk you can contact Ms Mnich on 07983 779294 or email police on p239261@met.police.uk

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