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What legal recourse can I take to get a kitten back I gave away?

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I gave a kitten away without doing a home visit to residence. New "owner" emailed me saying she wanted to give me the kitten back and now "owner" is saying she wants to keep kitten. I went to the new home of the kitten and the home is DEPLORABLE and now she does not want to give the kitten back. I now want the kitten back due to the environment it is in. What type of legal recourse do I have to get her back?

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Usually when one gives an animal away, one loses all rights to that animal, unless there is an agreement that provides for the return of the animal under certain circumstances. That is why it is so important for people to carefully consider this very important decision. Animals deserve a forever humane home. Sometimes a companion animal ‘owner’ who gave away or sold an animal and then has a change of heart tries to purchase the animal from the new ‘owner.’ If you believe the conditions under which the kitten is living could constitute cruelty or neglect, contact the police and society for the prevention of cruelty to animals in your area.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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