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Can we sue my girlfriend's parents to get her cat back?

Q:

My girlfriend was recently kicked out of her parents home. She has a cat but could not bring it to my house when she moved in with me due to where I live. We are moving to a new apartment together this fall and will be going back to her parent's house to get the cat. Her parents are pretty crazy, so if they "refused" to give her back her cat, which is hers...could we "sue" or something to get the cat back?

A:

One can sue to try to get possession of an animal who is being unlawfully withheld. Sometimes courts will consider the bests interests of the animal but oftentimes courts will try to determine who ‘owns’ the animal based on factors such as who adopted or purchased the animal, who is the animal’s primary caretaker, who pays for the animal’s care (food, veterinarian bills, grooming) and under whose name the animal is licensed or microchipped. Courts will also consider if the animal has been given away or abandoned.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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