BENNINGTON, Vt. -- A cat from Bennington that went missing three years ago has managed to survive against all odds, reuniting with his family.
When Karen Halverson let her cat Sketti out for the first time three years ago, he made his way across her yard, and across the street to the park -- but that was the last time that she saw him before he disappeared.
Haverson picked out Sketti from a rescue shelter for her son, saying that he was sitting alone by himself as if he was the runt of the litter. But as soon as they brought the cat home, Sketti bonded with Haverson.
"He was supposed to be their kitten, and he latched on to me, there was like there was a new baby in the house," she says.
She says her son and husband convinced her to let the cat outside while they were working nearly three years ago. He wondered to the park, where Karen says there was a couple in an older blue car.
"I saw the people talking to him and I started calling his name very loudly, so they would know that he was not a stray cat," she says.
But when she turned away, the car suddenly took off – and Sketti was gone.
"He had just been taken, and he was in that loud, loud car," she says.
She put ads in local newspapers, put up posters, and worried for three years. But then a break came when she received a call from the Northern Berkshire Cat Rescue.
"She called me the next day and told me that she had a white cat with grey spots on his head, and she didn't know if he was mine, but I should come and look," she says.
So she went, and was finally reunited with her Sketti.
"I never saw a cat cry, but he had tears coming out of his eyes, and I put my arms around my poor sick baby like this, and he put his paws around me like this and he hugged me and he wouldn't let go," she says.