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Sep 14, 2011 5:16 PM by Trovette Tottress

Missing 5 years, Colo. cat is found on NYC street

NEW YORK (AP) - Animal care officials say a calico cat named Willow who wandered off from a Colorado home five years ago has been found on a Manhattan street.

How she traveled more than 1,600 miles is a mystery. But thanks to a microchip implanted when she was a kitten, Willow will be reunited with her long-ago owners.

The cat was found Wednesday by a man on East 20th Street, says Julie Bank, executive director of Animal Care & Control, which handles the city's animal rescues and shelters. Bank says Willow is healthy and probably has not been living on the streets for very long. She says there's no clue to how the cat got to New York.

Owner Jamie Squires of Boulder, Colo., says Willow escaped during a home renovation.

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