Cathy Sheehan, the former Brooklyn Heights resident who has been searching for her missing cat Beebop for almost two years, was featured on a WNBC-TV investigative report earlier this month. The piece focused on scam artists who prey upon the owners of missing pets:
WNBC-TV: Cathy Sheehan, whose cat, BeeBop, went missing during her move from Brooklyn to Maine, said some callers even took photos of her cat from her Facebook profile and edited them to make it seem like the cat was in their possession.
“It’s emotionally exhausting and draining,” said Sheehan.
Sheehan said once she offered a reward, she started getting calls from people claiming they found BeeBop.
“’We have your cat but we need to see the money first. We need to see how you’re paying,’” the callers would say, according to Sheehan.