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    Owner wins 9 month custody battle for her cat costing £10,000

    NewsCats and kittensWednesday 03 April 2013
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    Senka Besirevic, a 42 year old teaching assistant, unfortunately lost her cat like many of us do. The cat wandered off into Senneley's Park, Selly Oak, Birmingham however never returned. This was all the way back in 2006. Her owner Besirevic launched a search for it but after strong efforts was not able to find it.

    However luckily for her she got a call from Orchard Veterinary Centre in March last year stating that her cat and been found, they had scanned it and it was indeed hers. However she had no idea that the couple who had found it all those years ago had become very close to it. The kind couple found it and thought it was a stray and took it in with open arms. They had gone to the effort of feeding it, looking after it and even installing a catflap in their green house.

    After a brief telephone call with the finders Besirevic obviously stated that she would love her cat back however the woman on the other end of the telephone said that her and her husband did not want to give it back and that they would look into their legal rights into keeping it. This was a huge setback for her as now that she had found her cat she did not want to lose it yet again.

    After contacting the police Besirevic realised that she was not going to get any help from them due to cats not being protected species. She was not sure where to turn next. She went to a property agents and spoke to them for advice as a cat could in fact be classed as a piece of property. She was given the contact details of a solicitor who had done a similar case before.  

    The case was finally brought to court however the couple who had been looking after the cat had lost it a week later it turned up at an RSCPA rescue centre where was picked it up. It was thought that she spend up to £10,000 on the case.

    Besirevic commented "It's cost me money to get her back but it was worth every penny."

    The couple who originally took her in have three cats of their own. One of them  said: “We moved into our house and we were made aware that a cat was living in our greenhouse.

    “The neighbours said it was feral and it was in a bad way so I fed her and looked after her and eventually bonded with her. I considered her my pet in many ways.

    “We paid for her flea powder and food and just accepted her as one of our own.

    “When I took her to the vet last year when she had a sticky eye I was horrified when they scanned her and said she belonged to a woman living nearby.

    “I didn’t want to give her up to be honest. We’d given her a good home, good food and plenty of space to run around. I didn’t feel it was fair on her to be moved again even if Senka was her rightful owner.

    “We took legal advice because we felt that strongly but in the end our solicitor told us we didn’t have a leg to stand on."

    It is indeed a sad and at the same time a happy story. You have two sets of people who both clearly love animals and fell in love with the cat yet who were not able to look after the cat between each other.

     

     

    Source: Telegraph

    Photo: Miss Pupik

     

     

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