Real cat replaced by toy

Dawn Douglas is a 66-year-old woman suffering from dementia, her family says the care home she's staying in took her therapy cat and replaced it with a stuffed animal.

Douglas' family says her cat "Snoop" was taken from her at the Sunridge Care Facility in Duncan.

"I've had her since she was a kitten actually and she loves me with all her heart, and I know she's missing me."

Her son Bill Douglas said Sunridge staff told the family the cat would be allowed to move in with Dawn if they made sure it was taken care of.

Park Place, the company that operates Sunridge, told CTV News that the cat was removed after an employee inside the building was hospitalized due to an allergic reaction.

“In the interim solution they’ve made arrangements to have the cat rehomed with a staff member that’s very loving and has promised to look after the cat while we work with the family," said Park Place spokeswoman Lynda Foley.

The company also said the family was never given permission to move Snoop into the facility, which doesn't allow pets.

The cat has since been reunited with Dawn's sons, but they say they won't be giving up their fight to have Snoop returned to his rightful owner.

-with files from CTV Vancouver Island

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