A truck driver who made a delivery last fall to a Carver County home and allegedly took off with the resident’s cat has been charged with misdemeanor theft and animal abandonment.

Byron Thomas Vieau took an interest in Dot, a black and white, long-haired male cat, when he stopped at a home in the 2600 block of County Road 127 in Watertown Township around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, the charges said.

The homeowner looked for the 12-year-old feline after the driver left but could not find him. The homeowner reported the cat missing.

Vieau later confessed to snatching the cat, who has a microchip identifier in his shoulder, the charges state. He had a change of heart and let it go “somewhere outside Watertown,” the charges said.

As of Saturday, the 14-pound cat has not been found, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office said.

Anybody with information in the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 952-361-1212.