A cold blooded cat-napper was caught on camera bundling a kitten into a handbag in a theft from a pet shop in Cardiff.
Shop owner Carol Ivory checked her store's CCTV when the kitten she was looking after went missing from his usual nap spot.
Instead of finding Little Boy simply slumbering in a different place, she was horrified to see him fall prey to a shoplifter.
Her in-store security cameras captured the moment when the kitten was picked up and stolen. An unknown woman is clearly seen bundling the kitten into a large handbag in the incident, at the long-established Albany Pets, in Roath.
The footage begins with a group of people, two men, two women and three children, entering the shop and looking round.
One of the children picks up the kitten which is then taken by the woman who rapidly gestures to her friend to give her the handbag. The kitten is then unceremoniously bundled inside as the woman crouches down and appears to zip it up.
Mrs Ivory has been left so shocked by the theft she will not be renewing her licence to sell pets to the public.
She was looking after the kitten, and its mother, for a friend who is away on holiday. Both animals were in the shop's kitchen which is off limits to the public.
"I think that it was an absolutely despicable thing to do. You don't think anyone would do that," Mrs Ivory, 60, said. "The thought of him being with them is just horrifying. He's a very nice quiet little kitten who doesn't stand up for himself.
"What are they going to do to him if he makes a mess on the carpet out of fright?" She added: "I think that I'll stop selling pets because I don't feel I have enough security to protect them. It is such a shame because so many people in this area like to come in and look at the animals."