When Peter Baker, the owner of a pet carrier in the heart of Manhattan, got a call on the weekend from the New York Post asking if he wanted to help out with his carrier, he didn’t hesitate.
“I was like, ‘Wow, this is crazy,'” Baker said.
He and his wife, Tracey, a freelance photographer, were planning to take their three-year-old daughter, Lila, to the park on Sunday to do some shooting, so Baker’s pet carrier had been packed.
They found a Craigslist ad for the carrier on the front page of the newspaper and soon found themselves working with the carrier’s owner, Pete Navarro, who’d found himself in a similar position.
He’d been riding his bike near a parking lot on Saturday when he got a phone call from the police saying the cat that was chasing him had gotten into his car.
“The cat just bit him,” Navarro said.
“And I was like: ‘What’s going on?’
And I went back and called him back.
And he was like ‘What did I do?’
I was trying to explain that I had a cat in the car and that it wasn’t a cat.
So I told him that I thought I had it.
And then I had to go into the car.”
They got out and took Lila out of the car, but he was already dead.
Navarro’s car was smashed into and his phone was stolen.
“We went down to the precinct, the coroner was in and I had two bags of body, and my wife was crying,” he said.
His family was able to identify the cat and capture video of it being killed.
“They came up with a plan,” Navarosaid.
“One of them put on his phone and we had to take a video of the whole thing.”
He took the video to the police.
“He told me he thought he’d been shot in the chest,” Navaro said.
The NYPD did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
In the end, the police didn’t take any charges against Navarro.
Baker said he doesn’t believe Navarro was a serial killer.
I’d take it for walks, I’d have it on my back. “
My pet carrier was one of the few things I owned.
But Baker said that when the cat was killed, Navarro and his neighbors had to be told. “
It wasn’t like it was just for my daughter.”
But Baker said that when the cat was killed, Navarro and his neighbors had to be told.
“A lot of people who are on Craigslist know the carriers.
I mean, you don’t want to go to the parks with it.”
Baker has since set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for the family.
He’s already raised $4,000 from the public and the police have provided a $5,000 reward for information leading to the cat’s killer.
Now he and his family are trying to figure out how to move forward.
Navaro told ABC News that he plans to move to another city.
“This was my favorite place to live,” he told ABC.
“People didn’t want cats.
Now, we’re just trying to get back on our feet.”