Oakland, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law for California

Q: my ex kept the cat I adopted. Am I responsible for her bills?

I adopted a cat in California in 2016. I moved to Oregon in 2018. My ex and I agreed that he would keep the cat but no transfer of ownership was made. Because my ex is shady and has tried to push his bills on me -even stole money from my account- am I legally responsible for the cat if he doesn’t pay her medical bills?

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William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It's his cat. You abandoned ownership or gave it to him. It is no longer yours. There is no formal "transfer of ownership" for a cat. If the cat was licensed and or chipped, you might consider contacting that entity and informing it of the new ownership.

William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You can also write him a letter, certified mail, that you abandoned the cat, or gave it to him, in 2018 and no longer claim any interest in it. You will want to keep a copy of the letter and delivery receipt in the event of any attempt to saddle you with bills.

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