The newcomer took advantage of OP's deep sleep due to her insomnia medication and stole Smokey
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OP woke up and her cat just wasn't there. The newcomer denied any knowledge about it, but refused to meet OP's eyes.
OP later got a call that Smokey was found. He was tied to a car and was dragged down the street. Everyone in the group home was horrified for OP and Smokey.
They pooled their money to pay for his medical needs. They didn't have enough proof to report the newcomer to the police.
OP keep a broken broomstick from then on to let the woman know not to go near Smokey. Eventually, the woman was arrested and kicked out of the group home for throwing a rock at their landlord's wife.
She was placed at a mental facility. They also found the missing stuff of the residents in her belongings. OP pettily swiped one of her gift cards as a small revenge for what happened to Smokey.
Unfortunately, Smokey ran away not long after that. OP had no idea where he went, but he never fully recovered from his injuries.
Smokey didn't deserve what happened to him. Kind of glad OP didn't get into a physical altercation with the woman.
A person who hurts animals clearly needs help or jail time
It was dumb of her to assault a person after being suspected of animal cruelty. She was on paper-thin ice and she still chose to do a stupid thing.
OP taking the newcomer's gift card must have tasted like sweet revenge
Glad she got the help she needed, but she can go kick rocks. Smokey deserved better.
OP was right to restrain herself from retaliating against the woman who hurt her cat. It must have taken an incredible amount of self-control not to actively seek revenge against a person who deliberately inflicted pain on an innocent animal.