Spokane, WA asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington

Q: My roomate dropped my cat at a shelter as found. Without my knowledge. Is this against the law. He didn't like cat.

My roomate didn't like my cat, and dropped him off at a shelter as a found cat. I called around thinking my cat was lost, found him at a shelter. Normally this would be fine if he was lost. But there are too many "coincidences" pointing to my roomate. I had to pay for my cat, and filled out a paper to get information on who dropped him off. If my roomates name comes up, did he break the law? I would think it was stealing.

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Marjorie Simmons
Marjorie Simmons
  • Burlington, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: In Washington it is a gross misdemeanor (crime) to take or conceal pets: RCW 9.08.070 (http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.08.070). Animal cruelty is different and is also covered by state laws in RCW 16.52 (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=16.52)

It may also be a violation of your lease, check your lease agreement.

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