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Community Comes Together To Search for Missing Cat

A local animal rescue group will try to catch Scarlett Thursday.

As freezing rain and sleet pelt the North Fork on Wednesday, a community of caring neighbors continues the search for a cat that went missing Saturday after a car accident on the ferry in Greenport.

On Tuesday, the North Fork Animal Welfare League said a ferry worker had spotted Scarlett, the missing black cat, and that volunteers were set to go out Thursday afternoon and try to catch her so she can be reunited with her heartbroken owner.

Patch has also received calls and emails from other residents who've spent time searching the area and leaving food out for the lost feline. Those who are looking are asked to call out "Scarletta," and shake a food box or a bell.

An elderly man and a passenger were injured after the motor vehicle accident onboard the North Ferry on Saturday, police said.

Astoria resident Sandra Quilles, the passenger in the accident, who has since been released from Stony Brook Hospital, sustained fractured ribs and a fractured finger, as well as back injuries and damage to oral surgery she'd had only hours before the incident, she said.

But worst of all, Quilles said, is that her beloved cat has gone missing.

Sobbing, Quilles said Scarlett, an 11 lb., long-haired, very furry black cat with a fluffy black tail, greenish-gold eyes, a jagged edge to her ear, and a white stripe on her belly, escaped after her carrier was damaged in the accident. When the door to the car was opened, "She just ran out and no one grabbed her," Quilles said. "She just ran off the ferry."

Scarlett, Quilles said, is a very special cat, one she's had for four years, since adopting her from the Cat Assistance program in Westchester County.

"She had been beaten as a kitten and thrown out into the garbage," Quilles said. "She's been through so much. She's traumatized from what she went through, so she hides. She's always scared."

But with love, Quilles said, her cat blossomed. "She's a very special cat," she said. "She's very sweet."

Quilles believes her cat, who is timid, may be hiding in some dark, or quiet place, in the ferry area, and she implores anyone in the Greenport area to help bring her home.

"I will give a very significant reward to whoever finds her," she said.

Anyone who finds Scarlett should call  212-684-4747.

According to Southold Town police, the accident took place on Saturday at 5:54 p.m. when an elderly man, 85, of New York, was driving his 2006 Cadillac onto the ferry boat Manhasett out of Greenport and accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake, causing the vehicle to accelerate at a high rate of speed and strike the forward metal gunwale of the ferry. 

The force of the impact caused the vehicle to turn sideways; the rear bumper struck another vehicle that was already parked on the ferry, police said. 

The Cadillac sustained major damage and had to be towed off the ferry, and both the driver and passenger were taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital for treatment by Greenport rescue, police said.

The ferry also sustained damage and had to be taken out of commission until repairs could be made. 


JET February 05, 2014 at 11:50 AM
I thougt this article was about someone's beloved pet!
Lisa Finn (Editor) February 05, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Hi Jet, It is about someone's beloved pet ,and the community is working hard to bring her home to her devastated owner.
John of Greenport February 05, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Superstitious folks fear black cats bring bad luck and calamities.
Lisa Finn (Editor) February 05, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Let's try to keep the comments positive here. The owner of this cat is deeply upset and many are working really hard to reunite her with her pet.
John of Greenport February 05, 2014 at 10:30 PM
I hope they are lucky and she is reunited with her pet.
Sandra Quiles February 06, 2014 at 12:03 AM
Sandra Quiles Lisa Finn thanks for all of your support. I don't know how I can ever repay you for updating the story. You are an angel! I have a positive feeling that we will find my Scarlett. Mr. Edelson, As I sit in my chair with a cast on my left hand ,fractured ribs, shoulder, ankle, breast bone and fractured back, I cry at your disturbing comments. The last comment at 4:01 is sick. You have said so many mean and nasty things since the story initially came out. I am shocked! How can you feel pleasure from human tragedy. I was almost killed. I don't know if my spinal cord will ever be the same. I am wearing neck and back braces, it will take months to recover. I might need spinal cord surgery. I want to try to find my cat. My cat ran out of the car because of someone opening the door and letting her out. I was badly injured I tried to ask for help. The men who were at the accident did not want to touch or help I had blood all over my face. I would not wish this on anyone but to experience this tragedy and have my pet run and be out there in the freezing snow to die, I can't let this happen. I have always helped people and helped animals. I can't let her die out there!! Mr. Edelson, have a soul!!!
Ralebird February 06, 2014 at 12:48 AM
An animal that looked like that cat, with quite a bit of gray in its coat like the second picture crossed the Main road into the old drive-in location about 10:15 PM Wednesday night just west of the church.
Sandra Quiles February 06, 2014 at 01:03 AM
Sandra Quiles How far from the Ferry is the old drive-in location?
JET February 06, 2014 at 09:21 AM
Maybe two miles? Does Scarlett have quite a bit of grey on her coat?
Lisa Finn (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Sandra, Please keep me updated as you search for Scarlett. Thank you so much, Lisa
Rena Casey-Wilhelm February 06, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Went down to the ferry a little while ago to look for paw prints. I saw the trap that the Animal Shelter has set up with food. It is my hope that with all the white snow, this black cat will be easier to spot this time of year. We should make sure all home owners in the area check under their houses. Scarlett is most likely hunkered down to keep warm. Thank you Lisa so much for the updates! I have been heart broken since this story came out. Sandra, wishing you a smooth recovery! Stay positive...this story will have a successful outcome! xo
Rena Casey-Wilhelm February 06, 2014 at 06:19 PM
trying to bump this article to front page.
Sandra Quiles February 06, 2014 at 08:57 PM
Sandra Quiles Lisa, I put on all my braces and had my uncle drive me to Greenport today in search of Scarlett, no success. I met Kathy a volunteer who has been actively looking for Scarlett since you broke the news. She helped me get around, we put out food in hopes she would come out but nothing. I fell in the snow and now hurt my knee. Unfortunately, due to the new injury my doctors forbid me to go out again. I am going to be admitted back into the hospital next week for testing of my spinal cord. I hope I can see Scarlett before I return to the hospital. Again, if anyone finds Scarlett please contact: Sandyquil7@yahoo.com or call (347) 419-2133 There is a reward. A special thanks to Ms. Rena Casey-Wilhelm for your great help and kind words, Ms. Lisa Finn for updating the story and a Kathy for being so active in the daily search. I will always consider you my angels. Sandy

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