KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The feline dubbed "Baby Yoda Cat" has been returned to her owner. The Humane Society of Rowan County (HSRC) however, says this was done against their will.
According to a Facebook post by the HSRC, "Joy was released without our knowledge or consent to a person claiming ownership."
The organization goes on to say that Joy still had unhealed wounds and was not fully recovered, and additional details regarding her release could not be provided at this time.
Spectrum News reached out to the Cabarrus County Animal Shelter and Control (CCASC), who was involved in the cat's recovery, for additional information.
They say the owner tried to contact the HSRC to claim Joy, but was unsuccessful. She then reached out to the CCASC, who were reportedly able to verify ownership based on prior information found in their system from when the cat was picked up as a stray in March of 2017.
Following the verification process, CCASC officials say Baby Yoda Cat was returned to her owner and is receiving medical care at the vet.
Baby Yoda Cat, who was named for her striking resemblance to the Baby Yoda character featured in the new Disney Plus series The Mandalorian, was found on December 15 by a volunteer with the Humane Society of Rowan County, according to a now deleted Baby Yoda Cat Facebook page.
She was transported to the Cabarrus Animal Hospital, where officials say she was placed under the medical supervision of Dr. Alisha Kidwell DVM and was undergoing treatment for a deep wound that was around her neck, an upper respiratory infection, intestinal parasites, and fleas.
Baby Yoda Cat gained national attention after she was featured on Good Morning America, the post said, and had planned to use her newfound fame for good as she worked towards being a "spokes-kitty for all of the homeless animals around the world that are being euthanized in animal shelters due to a lack of homes."
Officials with the HSRC say she still has a long road ahead to recovery, and they hope Joy will be given proper medical care.