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How can I get my cat back from a neighbor?

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In New York, do I have any recourse against a neighbor who stole our cat?

A:

It is illegal to steal another person’s cat. I suggest contacting the police and local humane organizations, such as a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals (SPCA). In NY, many SPCA's enforce animal cruelty and related laws. Be prepared to prove that the cat was yours. If law enforcement refuses to take action, one can also commence a civil action for the return of an animal.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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