Legal Question in Civil Litigation in New York

Over three weeks ago, a small kitten was wandering around my neighborhood as if it was lost and meowing at everybody's front doors on a day when the temperature was below freezing. I decided to take the cat inside. I asked several of my neighbors if anyone was looking for a cat, took it to the vet to see if it had a microchip or anyone was looking for it, posted on Craig's List daily and posted on the local newspaper's website. After two weeks, I decided that no one was looking for the cat and I would keep it. So, I took it to the vet for shots & an exam, which cost $211. Now, someone has put up posters for the missing cat (three weeks after I found it). Legally, am I obligated to return the cat to its owner? If so, who is responsible for paying the $211 vet bill?

Asked on 4/22/13, 4:15 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

David Slater David P. Slater, Esq.

1. i would.

2. They are.

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Answered on 4/22/13, 5:09 pm


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