A south Florida man loves his cats so much that he’s offering a $20,000 reward for their safe return.
Steve Rosen, 64, says money is no object for his seven cats that were stolen from his property, reported Broward Palm Beach New Times.
"Between March of last year and February of this year seven of my cats have been stolen from the adjacent parking lot," he told NBC 6 Miami.
Rosen, who is a retired dentist and business man, says his cats were nicked one by one near his warehouse in Davie last year. He sent 200 local veterinarians pictures of the seven missing cats, but to no avail, according to Broward Palm Beach New Times.
He even installed a $10,000 camera system and hired a private investigator in a desperate attempt at retrieving the cats.
"The last straw effort was to try and put an ad in the Sun Sentinel with a $20,000 reward to see if I can get someone to flush out and let me know what's going on," Rosen said.
In spite of the cats having radio collars and microchips installed, none of them have turned up. He takes care of about 30 rescue cats, a parrot, and a rooster, and says his pets mean the world to him.
"They're like my children. Imagine one of your children disappear and then another one disappears," Rosen said. "Granted, I know they're not human beings, a lot of people can't relate to it but those of us in animal rescue world know what I mean."
After posting the full-page ad in the Sun-Sentinel for the $20,000 reward, he received a few calls from people who offered to help find the cats, but no leads.
"Someone knows something and I'm hoping that they're gonna be willing to step forward and give somebody up in exchange for the reward. It's a bribe," he said.
The 64-year-old plans to raise the reward amount if the cats don’t turn up soon.