June 20, 2024

Custody Questions Raised Over Lost and Found Cat

Legal questions are being asked in California over pet custody and rights’, following a dispute over a cat, writes Sky News.

Image Credit: matt.herzog (Flickr)

Image Credit: matt.herzog (Flickr)

Tiffany Mestas had black and white cat David a kitten, however two years later when she moved house, David went missing. This was in 2007.
Despite a desperate search and offering $1000 reward, she never found David. The only hope that remained was that David had a microchip.
Last year the pet microchip company got in touch with Ms Mestas, however it was not to report that they would be returning David to her. It seemed David had a new owner – retired nurse Therese Weczorek, who adopted David from a cat rescue centre five years ago and named him Whiley.


Thailand attorney’s Chaninat and Leeds have decades of experience successfully defending child custody cases.

Ms Weczorek had been attempting to change the registration details for the microchip, which was then traced back to Ms Mestas.
The woman are now caught up in a custody battle over the cat.
Ms Weczorek’s lawyer, Leo Bartolotta says: “I have concerns that it would be extremely stressful to the cat to take it from a home it has been in for five years and put it in a new environment.
“Though the law is not totally clear, I believe that my client is the owner of the cat and will retain ownership of the cat.”
Read the full story here.

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