Second missing cat found in Georgetown after fatal I-70 crash
Just two weeks after the first was found, another of Kayce Chik’s missing cats was discovered in Georgetown.
A group of dedicated volunteers began the search for her two missing cats, Rado and Rida, and her black rat terrier, Chulo, after Chik, a 25-year-old Lakewood woman, died in a fatal accident on Interstate 70 in August. All three animals were in the car when it rolled just east of the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels, ejecting Chik from the vehicle.
Since then, the volunteers were able to locate Rado in Bakerville, just east of the tunnel, before finding Rida in Georgetown on Saturday afternoon.
“I’m just so glad these animals were still out there to be found, and that we found them,” Chik’s sister, Tori Ingle said. “It amazes me.”
An 11-year-old boy spotted the cat after recognizing her from flyers volunteers handed out Saturday morning. He said he had seen the cat near a trailer park in Georgetown during the past week.
“I got a phone call from an 11-year-old boy saying, ‘I think I have your cat,’” Ingle said.
Shortly after the call, Annetta Johnson, a volunteer for Colorado Lost and Found Pets, drove straight to Georgetown.
“He and Annetta spent the next hour going through the area around trailers,” Debbie Diver, another volunteer with Colorado Lost and Found pets, said. “They heard meowing under one of the trailers.”
They brought Rida home to Ingle in a cat carrier by that evening. Ingle said the cat was healthy, though would be on medication for a little while. Despite being on her own for 48 days, Rida was still affectionate to her and slowly recognized the other cat.
“Around people, all she wanted was love. She was so lovey dovey,” she said. “She’s just so tired. She just likes to curl up on your belly and fall asleep.”
With one pet remaining, Diver said the search will be focused on Chik’s black rat terrier, a small, 15-pound pup. She planned to look further east, after a possible spotting in Georgetown, and to send a few volunteers to look in west in Dillon and Silverthorne.
“I never thought these animals would be found that far away,” she added. “The only thing we can figure without talking to them is that they’re moving toward a warmer climate.”
Despite the countless hours spent searching, putting up flyers and setting up cameras and traps, she said it was time well spent.
“We desperately want to find him,” she added. “It’s worth every minute of it to see Tori with those two cats.”
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