A FAMILY has been left devastated after their much-loved moggy went missing.
Two-year-old Jenson and four-year-old Beau Regan are pleading with the public to help them find their cat Coco.
The family pet went missing on Friday afternoon from her Roker Marina home.
Now her owners fear she may have been cat-napped by a well-meaning stranger after a passer-by saw her being picked up and taken away.
They fear that because of Coco gets her fur shaved in the summer and it is now growing back, the woman may have thought she had been neglected.
Mum Francesca Regan said: “A delivery driver saw a lady pick her up and walk away.
“We thought he must have been mistaken until she didn’t return.”
Coco is 14 and has dark brown fur.
She has been a valued member of the Regan family since she was brought into the home as a nine-week-old kitten.
Francesca said: “Everyone knows her around here and she never goes far.
“We don’t put a collar on her because she got caught on a tree with one and we only just got to her in time.
“She’s an old cat and her coat gets shaved in the summer.
“I think because it’s growing in someone may have thought she’s neglected but she’s not, she’s just old.”
Jenson and Beau have been left devastated by the loss of Coco and are desperate to see her back at home with the family.
Francesca added: “We are desperate to get her back – desperate.
“The boys are asking where she is and she’s part of the family.”
The delivery driver described the woman who picked up Coco as 5ft 3in tall, of medium build and with short, bright red distinctive hair.
He believed she was in her 50s.
A reward is on offer for Coco’s safe return.
Anyone with information on Coco’s whereabouts is asked to phone 07834 155 434.