Statue of beloved Troy cat stolen

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A Troy community is remembering their beloved blue-eyed cat.

Umberto was killed a couple of months ago and a statue was created in his honor.

The statue sat right outside his home, and then one day, someone just grabbed the statue and walked away with it.

Umberto’s owner, Gina Ryan-Kenney, still gets emotional talking about her sweet Umberto. The blue-eyed cat with dog-like tendencies, she said, walked around the block and easily make friends with others. “I’m still very sad about it, I loved him, she said, he was such a great cat.”

While talking to Ryan-Kenney, passersby stopped to ask about her beloved companion. One of Umberto’s spots he would frequent often was Café Euphoria, a few blocks from his home. General Manager Atsushi Akara remembered Umberto as a beautiful cat.

“He was really independent. He’d just go wander around the neighborhood on his own,” she said.  

Ryan-Kenney still doesn’t know why someone would take the statue of Umberto.

“It was there for a while and then one Saturday when I was coming back from the farmers market, it was gone – just taken – which I don’t understand,” said Ryan-Kenney.

The statue may be gone, but Umberto will forever be memorialized in Ryan-Kenney’s heart.