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Christmas miracle: Cat missing since Irma found

Jay-Z has been missing since early September. Everyone agrees, it is a Christmas miracle that he has been found.Courtesy of Martha Ann Coe

Good news out of Terrell County this week; Jay-Z the loving three-year-old cat who was lost while fleeing from Hurricane Irma has been found.

Eight-year-old Taylen and her mom, Trish Cosgrove were evacuating from Fort Meyers, Florida when they developed a flat tire driving through Dawson, GA.

The mother - daughter duo stopped at the BP - Circle K in Terrell County.

As young Taylen held her cat after a long ten hour drive, something scared the cat, causing her to jump from Taylen's arms and into the woods.

After almost three months of searching, the cat has been found and in good condition.

Terrell County resident Jeremiah Peters was sitting on his porch when he noticed a friendly black cat.

From there, animal control was called and Jay-Z was then taken to a local veterinarian, Dr. Karen Stewart.

When the vet called Trish Cosgrove, she was in disbelief saying, "Are you sure, are you sure it's him?"

Taylen and Trish are planning to make the ten hour drive back to Terrell County to get their beloved cat on Friday.

According to Terrell County Animal Control Director Martha Ann Coe, Jay-Z is a little thin and very hungry but his overall condition is good.

According to Coe, Taylen insisted on putting up Jay-Z's Christmas stocking this year in hopes that he would come home.

"All I want for Christmas is for Jay-Z to come home. If we hang his stocking, he will be here," said Taylen.

Everyone agrees, it really is a Christmas miracle.

A $250 reward will be given to Peters for finding the cat.











Taylen and Trish Cosgrave need your help finding Jay-Z, their three year old cat they lost while fleeing from Hurricane Irma last month.

Trish and her eight-year-old daughter, Taylen were evacuating from Fort Meyers, Florida when they developed a flat tire driving through Dawson, GA.

The mom - daughter duo stopped at the BP / Circle K in Terrell County.

As young Taylen held her cat after a long ten hour drive, something scared the cat, causing her to jump from Taylen's arms and into the woods.

The Terrell County community has been conducting massive searches without any luck.

Terrell County Animal Control Director Martha Ann Coe feels for the family and is doing everything she can to find Jay-Z.

"Taylen is eight years old, she's had this cat for three years and they share everything together. He shares tea parties, he rides with her, sleeps with her at night, Taylen takes this cat everywhere she can. The little girl is crying herself to sleep every night."

Jay-Z has a distinct mark on the inside back of his left leg that resembles a boot. He does not meow but he will come to you if he hears his name.

"They were in the middle of evacuating their home at risk of loosing everything during Hurricane Irma. The mom is a single mom and her poor daughter. Please help this family find their cat."

If you find Jay-Z, please call animal control at (229)-995-4410 or the Police Department at (229) 995-4414.

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