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Feb 28, 2011 9:53 PM by Ariel Wesler

Lompoc mother calling on community to find missing cat

The mother of a teenager killed during a mobile home fire in Lompoc is asking the community to help her find the cat her daughter died trying to rescue.

Jennifer Rodriguez's daughter, Alicia Van Wagenen, was involved in a mobile home fire in Lompoc on January 6th. The 19-year-old died of her injuries a couple days later. Her mother says all of the pets inside the home were recovered, except for one cat, dear to her daughter's heart.

Alicia Van Wagenen had a special bond with her calico cat, moonlight. After just months together,the two were inseparable.

"I can't possibly explain how much she loved that cat, said Jennifer Rodriguez, Alicia's mother.

So much so, she says Alicia gave her life to rescue moonlight from a mobile home fire on the morning of January 6.

"She had a clear path out. She chose not to take it. She chose to turn around because she knew the cat was sleeping with her that night and try and find her," Rodriguez said.

Now she is determined to find the cat that brought her daughter so much happiness and could bring her some comfort.

Reporter: What would it mean to you if somebody brought this cat back?

Rodriguez: "Probably the only live connection," she said with tears in her eyes.

She's posted pictures on Craigslist and started a Facebook page this morning for the cat that already has more than 40 friends on it, encouraging the community to keep an eye out.

"It's been two months and I know the chances of finding her are slim to none," Rodriguez said. But I go by everyday."

Rodriguez returns daily to the fire scene with food and water. She says she has searched everywhere,

"I've gotten a flashlight and I've shined it around to see if I could see something," Rodriguez said.

Still hoping a little moonlight will shine through.

So far the food and water has only attracted other cats to the area. She told KSBY tonight someone may have found the cat.

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