26
Sep

Can my Ex give away my cat if I don’t remove it from former home?

Can my Ex give away my cat if I don’t remove it from former home?
Q:I am currently not 100% living at my house due to a domestic issue with my roommate/former fiance. The house is currently for sale. He has a cat of his own, as I have one as well. My cat is currently staying at the house because I cannot move completely out until the house sells. He is now saying that if I don’t come get my cat, he is going to take him to a shelter. Can he legally give my cat up without my permission?

A:I suggest that if you want your cat you immediately get your cat, and make other arrangements for his care. A court might consider that by leaving the cat in the house and then failing to retrieve the cat when given the opportunity to do so, you relinquished ‘ownership’ of the cat. In any event, by the time a court heard such a case your cat could be long gone.
Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

26
Sep

Surrendered dog after mean boy let him out of yard.

Surrendered dog after mean boy let him out of yard.
Q:A 13yr old boy let my dog out of my fence then called animal control saying my dog was loose. I paid fine and surrendered him. Can I get him back? I was in shock when I surrendered him. I did it same day he was taken. The boy told my sister what he had done. I’m going to say I have him on video to try and get him to admit it, but I have been sick to my stomach from stress, cant sleep or eat. My son is stressed, he’s only 11. My dogs brother is stressed. The boy told my sister it was because he didn’t want me to have the dog. He and his brother were treated, well always taken care of, up to date on shots. The boy is just mean. Anything I can do? If I get him on my camera in yard admitting it will that work? I really want my dog, we love him so much. I wasn’t thinking when I surrendered him. Dog is being killed on 27th. I cant stand it. I have 3 sons, my human 1 and my dogs. Please help.

A:I am so sorry to hear of your ordeal. I suggest that you immediately retain an attorney in your area. Perhaps an attorney can get a court order to stop any planned euthanasia or intervene and convince animal control to act more humanely. Typically when a person surrenders his/her animal to a shelter, such person has no further rights to that animal. Even if one could prove that an animal ended up at a shelter due to someone else’s misconduct, that misconduct would not necessarily overturn a subsequently signed surrender agreement. In any event, perhaps reason will prevail and at least the dog will not be killed. Good luck.

Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott