‘Where are the cats?’: Gunman clad in military clothing threatens animal welfare worker

An armed man clad in a mask and military-style clothing threatened and tied up a woman at gunpoint inside a Melbourne animal shelter and asked her where the cats were, police say.

The woman was sitting in her car parked outside an animal welfare centre in Cranbourne West on Monday night when the man approached her car and walked her inside.

Investigators say the man tied her up, asked her for the location of the cats, left the room, and didn’t return.

The woman, whom police say did not suffer any injuries, freed herself and raised an alarm.

Police did not say if any of the animals were missing.

Local police attended with the Critical Incident Response Team, Victoria Police’s Air Wing, and the Dog Squad but couldn’t find the man.

Casey Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the circumstances surround the incident and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to submit a confidential report can log onto www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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