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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-24-2008, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Could be getting into legal issues here...

I'm nineteen years old, and unfortunately I do not have a job as of this moment, so I don't have any way to provide for myself or my animals... which, I know, sounds really bad. But I'm staying with my father while I do my vet tech classes, and he is currently taking care of the animal issues as of now.

Well, last year a little stray tabby kitten showed up at our door on my birthday, and my mother (this was when I was still living with her) didn't want to keep her. She was adamant about the fact that we weren't going to keep the cat, but I kept at it and obviously she became part of the family... she was my cat. My mother had even said so... outrightly... that she was my cat. Now that I'm staying at my dad's I try to get every possible reason to go see my cat, because she's a big part of me... I'm crying now just thinking about it. Well, my mother -who didn't want the cat to begin with- is now telling me that I'm not allowed to have her basically because she's being bull-headed. Honestly, there's no other reason for her action. (I'm not going to go into all the details of our family, but to suffice it to say it's a big mess.) And now she's telling me that I can't even come over to see her... and that just breaks me up inside, because if it wasn't for me, Meeko wouldn't even be around.

I probably don't have a single legal leg to stand on, but is there anything that I can do... anything at all, because I'm desperate... to get my cat back? If I have to, I'll offer to take her to the vets and when I've got my job figured out I'll pay for her myself... that way at least I can prove that I have payed for her. Does anyone have any advice?

This is nothing more than morals, but in a legal setting I'm probably nothing more than dirt.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-24-2008, 09:16 PM
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Re: Could be getting into legal issues here...

It sounds like your mother is angry about you moving into your father's house, and is using Meeko to get back at you.
I wish I had some legal advice for you. Most states have free legal clinics, though, usually associated with universities. You could try consulting one of those.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-24-2008, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Could be getting into legal issues here...

It's actually more of the other way around... she is the one that practically made me move over to my dad's because we never get along, and now because of the trouble we're having she's withholding Meeko from me... either that or she's threatening to. In any case it's not a good situation. Alright, thanks for the suggestion... if nothing clears up then I'll have to look into that.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-01-2008, 12:28 PM
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Re: Could be getting into legal issues here...

What I'd do would be illegal, but if it IS your cat, and you want it. Then break the rules, if they have no proof, they can't get you for it. But first try to talk to her, try to see if she'll let you get it, and if she's determined to not let you have it, then take it. I probably should tell you to do something stupid, that could get you into trouble. But I'm a believer of following what you believe in. If someone came and took anything important to me, like my cat or dog. Well then I'd go take it back, if they said they wouldn't give it back. But the smart thing for now, is first find out if she'd give it back, if you had a talk. However don't hint at that if she won't give it to you, you're gonna take it. Just tell her fine keep that cat, and that it's messed up. If anyone feels I'm wrong, and my advice is stupid. Say so, and give some better advice. However if you are gonna take the cat, be smart about it, and leave no evidence and have no evidence or proof to be found. Might be smarter to just talk to her.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-01-2008, 03:09 PM
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Re: Could be getting into legal issues here...

Unfortunately, I think you're mom has the upper hand in this situation. The cat is in HER house, under HER care and you don't even have a job or anyway to prove that she is really YOURS. I'm not trying to be mean, just being honest. I think she would win in a legal case.
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