Lemon Grove, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law for California

Q: So I have two cats both 2 years old and had them since they were 8 weeks old. They were both indoor and outdoor cats.

So they loved to go outdoors and come back home as they please. Unfortunately me and my husband had to move to a place where pets weren’t allowed to roam outside, so I tried to keep them as indoor cats, but they were very unhappy locked indoors all day. So I felt so bad so I posted them on craigslist and made it very clear In the description that I was looking for a home where they can go outdoors. A lady contacted me and told me that she had a beautiful yard and big house, and she seemed to love animals. She promised me multiple times that she will have them go outside and even showed me pictures of her yard. So I thought it would be good for the cats to have a place where they can go out. So I gave her my cats with a rehoming fee, and she took them. I contacted her and noticed she has been locking the two cats in a small bedroom for the past two weeks. I have been asking her when she will let them out but she seems to ignore and beat around the bush. What can i do legally?

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

A: Nothing. You sold your cats. They don't belong to you. You have no agreement that stipulates that the cats go outside, or for how long, or how frequently. You have no evidence that the cats are not allowed outside, ever, even if you had a contract that specified outdoor access for the cats.

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