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Some villains flip foreclosed houses — one Prospect Heights lady allegedly flips pets.

Louise Holmes thought she had found the perfect candidate on Craigslist to adopt two of her four adorable gray kittens, Pippi and Denver.

But as it turned out, the woman, who said her name was “Unique,” was only looking to make a quick buck by turning around and selling the free felines in a classic cat scam.

“I was just so angry that I could not believe it,” Holmes said.

The flummoxed feline fan said that Unique put on the perfect act: she seemed smitten with the little cats, cuddling and caressing them, and leading Holmes to believe that the kitties were going to a good home.

There was just one requirement: “I gave very clear instructions that if she changed her mind and didn’t want the kittens, I wanted them back,” said Holmes, who lives in Park Slope.

It became clear within days that the agreement had been broken, thanks to an e-mail that Holmes received from another woman, who had discovered an ad on Craigslist selling the kittens that, like Holmes, she had just given away for free.

Holmes wondered if the same thing had happened to her, but she dismissed the thought: “It couldn’t possibly be true!” she said. “[Unique] was so excited to have the kittens! She said she had grown up with cats!”

The other woman, Kim Eisenbach, said she was the victim of an almost identical scam at the hands of “Unique” (though that time, she used a different name.)

“I saw my three kittens on Craigslist that I had just given away and I became hysterical, crying — I was a mess,” said Eisenbach, who lives in Greenpoint.

Eisenbach added that she had made it her mission to alert people giving away pets in Brooklyn that there was an opportunistic thief looking to flip felines.

Holmes was incredulous, but did research — something she kicked herself for not doing before the adoption — and discovered that Unique’s phone number appeared on several other postings for cats for sale.

On top of that, Unique appeared to be using at least three other names.

“Two male kittens both five weeks old, very friendly, litter trained and eating soft food, both are orange and white,” read one post.

“I have two adorable kittens left out of a litter of six, they’re six weeks old. One is mostly white with some spots. The other is white also, with mostly black on back,” read another.

“$350, ragdoll kittens” read yet another.

Holmes managed to reach Unique — whose last name is being withheld because she did not return phone calls to the three numbers she had provided to her “victims” — who admitted that she had sold Pippi and Denver for $50 each, but would not pass along the contact information for the felines’ new owner.

“I just decide to find them homes,” Unique wrote in a typo-riddled e-mail provided by Holmes. “You still gave them away to me for free, no contract, once in my hand their [sic] initially mines. That means if I wanted to give them to my nieces, stranger walking the street, dad, or grandmother thats initially on me. ... I’m not gonna sit here going back and fourth with you, then get excited and have an asthma attack.”

Unique added that she wouldn’t have let Holmes take her picture — the one on this page — if she was running a scam.

That left Holmes in the unenviable position of wondering whether the woman who scammed her out of her cats was at least being honest that they had gone to a good home.

Still, she couldn’t help but fear the worst: that the kittens had been swept by a “buncher” — an underground pet-gatherer who takes advantage of “free to a good home” animal giveaways and then passes the pets on to laboratories for animal testing.

Holmes also said she learned a tough lesson that is endorsed by animal rescue organizations: charge an adoption fee, and at the very least have some sort of adoption agreement in writing.

“I know people are hard up for money because of the economy,” said Holmes, who even offered $75 for the return of each of her kittens. “But that doesn’t excuse the lies and misreprese­ntations.”

Updated 2:04 pm, September 10, 2010
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Reasonable discourse

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Unique ain't doing nuthin' wrong! Get your cats neutered or spade!
Sept. 10, 2010, 9:56 am
susan from Park Slope says:
Joey - A "spade" is a shovel. Spayed is what you do to neuter an animal. You are a dimwit.
Sept. 10, 2010, 11:23 am
Kim from Brooklyn says:
REALLY! Joey. Some kittens are strays . Think before you speak. Durf.......
Sept. 10, 2010, 12:45 pm
bob from bushwick says:
if she's not hurting the kittens, what's the problem. would you have a problem if she got a free tv off craigslist and sold it the next day.

and susan, i guess being a —— relieves you of having to think of an actual argument against what joey said. it would probably be too taxing on you to argue the point, instead you attack the person. you probably watch fox news so it figures.
Sept. 10, 2010, 1:58 pm
Eric from Hargrove says:
She's a —— because she had a verbal contract to give the kittens back if she was not keeping them. She isn't, and is instead selling them. If someone can get 'Unique' to admit this was a condition of the sale on video or audio, she could be successfully sued. Also, she's a evil ——.
Sept. 10, 2010, 5:11 pm
Joe from Queens says:
Eric,

A verbal contract and $1.50 will get you a cup of coffee.

I'm not saying what she did was right or wrong, but it's not illegal.
Sept. 21, 2010, 4:14 pm
Ann from Lawville says:
Actually, a verbal contract is legally binding in most cases. Just not if you're selling real estate.
Sept. 21, 2010, 4:32 pm
Davis from Queens says:
The woman is a slimeball. A truly evil person. Imagine what happens to the kittens she's unable to sell. Doesn't take much imagination, does it?
Sept. 21, 2010, 4:42 pm
Arthur from Brooklyn says:
Yes what she did is illegal. She took the kittens under false pretenses. That is fraud and it IS a crime.
Sept. 21, 2010, 4:44 pm
Pete from Blaine Heights says:
The funny thing is that the Free Kittens are usually the most delicious. Remember, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce are your friends
Sept. 21, 2010, 5:28 pm
Hayoka from Brooklyn says:
"Unique wrote in a typo-riddled e-mail provided by Holmes."

Stephen Brown, don't be such a snob. You wrote "This woman is accused of “adopting” cats of Craigslist".
You should have typed "off Craigslist".

If you are going to make fun of someone's typos, don't make any of your own.
The typos had nothing to do with the story so there was no reason to point them out, unless you just wanted to sound superior.
Sept. 21, 2010, 6:05 pm
Puddy_Tat from North shore says:
Unique smile says it all as she is holding this kittens a quick $100-$150 in my pockets.

Next flip coming in 3,2,1; OOO such a pretty puppy I grew up flipping these little turds I mean puppys growing up, fade to her running out with the puppy in hand tossing it in her dog catcher truck full of animals.

Next sucker......
Sept. 21, 2010, 6:20 pm
luckylu from Ohio says:
It's the American way. Buy low - Sell high.
Lady 1 didn't ask for references, didn't ask for a fee and now regrets her decision. Her lack of preparation does not constitute fraud on Lady 2's part. Have your pets spayed or do you think nice kind people will be happy to adopt your mistakes.
Sept. 21, 2010, 8:23 pm
LOu Lou from Sunset Park Bk says:
I can not believe how low someone would go . But as said , We Learn by our own MISTAKES .
I just hope the State or City does something to this Lady .
Sept. 21, 2010, 8:50 pm
Drag from SC says:
Hey bob, way to be a ——ing person... Cats are not objects that you can just sell like a television, they are living beings that want nothing more than food, water and love (in which they return more than ten fold). You are evil.
Sept. 22, 2010, 8:01 am
Joe from Queens says:
Ann,

You have to prove in court that you had a verbal contract. Unless you have a witness, good luck. The judge will rule based on a preponderance of the evidence.

Arthur,

Since you're calling it fraud, then I'm assuming you're talking criminal charges. Can you prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that there was an agreement between the two people that specifically stated she can not sell the property and that the defendant knowingly violated that agreement?

Without a written agreement, there is almost no way for the prosecution to prove fraud on a criminal level.
Sept. 22, 2010, 8:02 am
Joe from Queens says:
For legal purposes, animals are considered property. Again, I don't agree with what happened, but yelling 'it's a crime' is pointless.
Sept. 22, 2010, 8:03 am
Davis from Queens says:
You don't need "proof beyond a reasonable doubt" for a civil action. Just a preponderance of the evidence, and the email from Unique --the fraudulent slimeball-- would seal her fate.
Sept. 22, 2010, 10:23 am
Pelle from Long Island says:
It seems the term "spade" may apply here 'uniquely' after all...
Sept. 22, 2010, 11:33 am
Joe from Queens says:
Davis,

Yes, she'll get full value of the free cat in a civil trial.

What damages occurred?

Also, did you actually read what I wrote?
Sept. 22, 2010, 1:36 pm
Me says:
Hey Stephen, your sarcasm sucks. See picture caption.

They are not objects, they are living beings!
Sept. 24, 2010, 9:31 am
Poi says:
Most of the comments here are stupid. I think that is absolutely RUDE!, she could at least have been honest "Hey i'm gonna sell your cats" stupid lying whore. I would be so pissed if someone did that to my animals.
Sept. 28, 2010, 11:38 pm
RAWRmehard says:
LOL its funny cause they covered the cats identity, and it looks the same like 100 other cats I've seen. They look cute though.
Sept. 28, 2010, 11:41 pm
Angie from Cutler Bay says:
This is America. Everyone is struggling and this is just the way to ruin peoples lives just to make a quick buck. PEOPLE OF AMERICA IF YOU SHOULD BE STOPPING ANY CRIME IT SHOULD BE THE DRUG LORDS ! UNIQUE DIDNT HAVE BAD INTENTION IF SO THAN THATS A DIFFERENT CASE! this is effin' ridiculous, America sucks. Going to ****.
June 27, 2014, 5:27 pm
karen young from bed-stuy says:
A lot of Unique's defenders here don't seem to understand the problems here. One, she said SHE was adopting the cats. Therefore, the person who gave her the cats thought it was UNIQUE's home they were going to - not some mystery person they had never met - because UNIQUE was careful to make it look like her lie was true. Unique may have given (sold) them to a bad home. Worse, Unique may have given (sold) the cats to someone who would sell them to a lab to be tortured and killed. And by the way, there's got to be easier ways to make money than selling cats (except to a lab) - they're hard to place in good homes.
DON'T GIVE AWAY CATS TO ANYONE YOU DON'T KNOW.
Sept. 4, 2014, 3:44 pm

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