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Cat Missing, Owner Frantic After Ferry Accident

A reward has been offered to whoever finds Scarlett.

A day after a car accident on the North Ferry in Greenport, a woman remains hospitalized and frantic with worry about her cat, Scarlett, who got out of the car and ran away in the confusion.

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

Astoria resident Sandra Quilles, the passenger in the accident, remained at Stony Brook Hospital Monday, with 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. 
Ted Sheckler February 03, 2014 at 04:09 PM
Do you mean a fractured spine?
Dr. Sarah Alward February 03, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Do you know if the cat has a microchip? Good information in the event the cat ends up at a shelter or veterinary clinic.
Ralebird February 03, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Give us a break - cars have "brakes." Where is the professionalism?
mike edelson February 03, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Frankly Scarlett i don't give a ____! Doggone it! or is that Catgoneit?
Lisa Finn (Editor) February 03, 2014 at 09:19 PM
Hi Ralebird, Thank you so much for your comment. The typo has been fixed. I do appreciate you taking the time to point it out. Have a great night.
the owl February 04, 2014 at 08:10 AM
I'm growing older myself, but after a 90-year old with dementia or Alzheimer's ran into the back of my car while parked at the supermarket and then parked next to my car and went into the market to shop!. She apparently was unaware she had damaged my car, wiped our her own car and the damage was evident all around. A good Samaritan saw it, waited for me and told me the story. Police said she should not have been driving. Here, yet another incident with an aging driver. Time to change and make more stringent the testing procedures.......
Schmoupy Juntunen February 04, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Has anybody left styrofoam cat shelters in the area? Fill a styrofoam box with hay and cat food, water, cut a hole for the cat to climb through so at least it may stay safe and warm until the poor thing is found.
Joan February 04, 2014 at 09:59 AM
If someone can tell owner that there are Lost Pet Services (where professional dogs are used). They travel everywhere. I know someone on Shelter Island who used one and found cat after he was missing a week.
Joan February 04, 2014 at 10:09 AM
http://nar.rescuegroups.org/info/#Missing Good article on missing cats/
Bernadette Hoban February 04, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Pet physic help locate my cat. Her name is Barbara Morrison and she can located on the web
Bernadette Hoban February 04, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Pet amber alert is good also. Wish i was out there to help search
Linda Gulli Killeen February 04, 2014 at 11:53 AM
So sorry She looks just like my cat ...saying a prayer she is safe and found and that you are healed and home together soon <3
mike edelson February 04, 2014 at 02:35 PM
Check the Chinese restaurant. It is a delicacy for new year.
Steven Holt February 04, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Mr. E is a bit of a tool. He's known for saying stupid things like this.
Steven Holt February 04, 2014 at 02:56 PM
Do not get a pet psychic. If psychics were real they would have no need to take your money. they would just play the lottery.
mike edelson February 04, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Why do you think the Chinese restaurants have little statues of cats? It is analogous to a seafood restaurant having a large depiction of crabs or lobster. We have to learn to be more tolerant of other cultures. And learn to enjoy nature's way.
mike edelson February 04, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Maybe one of Russell's sharpshooters got the cat/
mike edelson February 04, 2014 at 05:11 PM
Gong Hay Fat Choi !!! Actually the solution to the Deer overpopulation is simple. Last year shellabration was wonderful. Now add "White-Tailed Weekend with Wine" and sponsor a contest for the best Aisan fusion recipe for venison. Also allow all Asian restaurants to hunt deer in Southold all year round provided it is served in their restaurant. Allow all vineyards to prepare and serve locally hunted venison on teir premises. Bingo !!!deer overpopulation AND cat disappearance issues settled and a new winter event for the merchants.
mike edelson February 04, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Just like selecting your lobster out of a tank at a seafood restaurant, I envision deer pens for the public at the Weekend. it can be an educational event.
mike edelson February 04, 2014 at 06:57 PM
As hot dogs with "catsup" made at the Chinese restaurant. A real FUSION meal.
mike edelson February 04, 2014 at 08:20 PM
I believe Mr Russell is going to hold a meeting at the Rec Center to gauge public sentiment concerning these proposals. i expect all my supporters to be out in force.
Schmoupy Juntunen February 04, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Hey mike edelson the Chinese also believe in karma, your making jokes about another persons misfortune. I wouldn't go out to eat for a while after your heartfelt missing kitty remarks, a lot of cat lovers work in restaurants around here, even Chinese restaurants. I don't know any personally but, you ever hear the term "that cat's spitting mad"? Works both ways you know.....
Steven Holt February 04, 2014 at 10:40 PM
Hey Schoups. I wouldn't buy into this guys rants. He lost a pet that was dear to him not too long ago. That long legged Irish hound everyone would see around town. Its obvious he is projecting some sort of inner struggle. He lost a pet, now all must suffer. Crazy s+&t right?
Sandra Quiles February 05, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Sandra Quiles I want to thank all of the volunteers and the wonderful people of the towns of Greenport , Catchoque and Shelter Island for all the prayers and support. I special thanks to Lisa Finn for following the story about my lovely Scarlett, Mrs. Perry from Shelter Island for her countless hours searching and The Greenport Ferry Crew for being so active in the search. I will remember you always.
Sandra Quiles February 05, 2014 at 08:08 PM
Sandra Quiles In response to Mike Edelson you seem like a very lonely, angry man. You have nothing better to do than sit in front of the computer and think of vile disgusting things to say to people. Have a GREAT Life. "Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny"
Sandra Quiles February 05, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Sandra Quiles To all the people who have inquired about my condition. I have a total of 7 fractures and may possibly require spinal surgery. I am wearing 2 braces and one cast .Feeling better. I know I will work hard at recovering from this tragedy. I thank the lord for surviving this horrific accident. He has given me a second chance to continue doing good work for him and spreading the love to those in need and continue my work with saving pets in need. To: The Owl The driver does not have dementia. He is a very well known professor of medicine. The car had been taken to the dealer for repairs a few days before the accident. The police report was not correct. My cat Scarlett was let out of the car by the carelessness of the female volunteer paramedic. A few people standing on the ferry saw her run out of car they could have grabbed or stopped her from fleeing. It was more interesting to see me board an ambulance with injuries all over my body and blood gushing out of my mouth.
kcibulski February 05, 2014 at 09:26 PM
So sorry you had to read this Sandra. They say what comes around goes around KARMA is a bitch. Mike LOSER Edelson remember those words!!!! The cat is black and white and the owner is very upset so waste your time somewhere else if you have nothing nice to say.

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