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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. 
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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