Porsha Nicole Evans accused of stealing kitten from Humane Society

Callista was found safe.

The woman accused of stealing an 8-week-old kitten from the Washington Humane Society has been caught, but she says she had a good reason.

The Washington Post reports Porsha Nicole Evans’ two daughters - ages 5 and 3 months - longed for another pet after the family pit bull had to be turned in, but she couldn’t afford the $85 adoption fee.

Evans was seen on surveillance walking into the New York Avenue shelter with her two daughters and a man on May 26. He wrote down an address, and the four of them went into a room to play with Callista, the gray and black tabby. Evans was later seen leaving with a bag. It wasn’t until the next day shelter employees realized Callista had gone missing.

When police showed up at the Southeast Washington apartment days later, Callista was seen peeking out from under an ottoman in the living room, The Post reports. At first, Evans told police a friend had brought the kitten over, but she later confessed.

Callista was returned to the shelter and adopted June 3.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the Metropolitan Police Department. They took this case seriously for what it was, a theft and a criminal act,” says Lisa LaFontaine, Washington Humane Society president, in a statement.

Evans faces one count of misdemeanor theft and will be back in court in July.