My ex boyfriend has my adopted cats.

////My ex boyfriend has my adopted cats.

Question

I have two cats that are in my name, and I adopted them when I was with my ex boyfriend. We were together for over 2 years, and I got them at the end of our relationship. I bought many things for them that he still has. We came to an agreement that he would keep one cat, and I would keep the other, because he has a 4-year-old daughter so I didn't want to take them both away from her. However, I was letting him keep them both until I was settled, and the agreement was for me to be able to visit the daughter and my cats in the meantime. The kittens are now approximately 6 months old. I adopted them and took them to all of their first vet visits. Now he isn't letting me even see them and has broken contact with me. Am I able to have a police escort me to go and get them?

Answer

People who believe their animals are being wrongfully withheld can sue (replevin action) to try to get the animals returned. Proof of ownership (such as recent adoption papers) can be very compelling evidence although courts will also consider whether animals were subsequently given away or abandoned. The police usually will not get involved in pet custody disputes between ex’s. That decision would be up to the police depending on the evidence presented to them. Think about what is in the best interests of these cats. Separating bonded cats is inhumane. There are many homeless cats at shelters/rescues waiting to be adopted. I hope that you and your ex can work out a pet custody/visitation arrangement that considers the cats’ well-being. Good luck!

PLEASE NOTE: Responses to legal inquiries are not meant to replace seeking legal advice from an attorney in your state. The materials in this website and any responses to questions are for informational purposes only and are not intended, nor should they be construed, as legal advice. This website, the information contained herein, and any responses to questions directed to this column are not intended to create and do not establish an attorney-client relationship. You should not rely or act upon any information provided on this website or in any response to your inquiry without seeking the advice of an attorney in your state regarding the facts of your specific situation.

Send Your Pet Legal Question Now!

Elinor will field as many questions as she can and they will be posted here on this site. Due to the volume of questions received, not all questions are answered. However, many individuals have similar questions. You may find helpful information in the categories listed below.

Ask a Legal Question

By |2019-07-02T13:55:20+00:00July 2nd, 2019|