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Irma evacuees lose family cat in Walterboro during return to Florida

Patches, Missing Cat, Walterboro (Provided)

A Florida family that evacuated for Hurricane Irma lost one of their pets in the Lowcountry while returning home over the weekend.

According to the family's daughter-in-law, the couple stopped in Walterboro Saturday night at the Rodeway Inn off Sniders Highway, near Exit 53 on I-95.

While switching rooms because of a plumbing issue, the woman tells ABC News 4 one of her in-laws' cats got free and ran off. Despite searching the motel all night, the cat's owners weren't able to find it.

The cat, shown in the photo above, is named Patches. The cat was not wearing a collar when it ran off. It's unclear if the cat is microchipped. His family says he is very scared and timid of people.

A reward is being offered for his return. The family will come pick him up if he's found.

If you have any information, contact Angela Bayne Davis or the Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS) on Facebook.


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