Q: My old roommate sold off all belongings and left cats abandoned before giving them away.
In 2020 during the height of covid and the winter storm that year I was really evicted and had three cats at the time. I had a "friend" offer to house my cats and then a month later offered to let me move in with them as well. On Father's Day that year I was gone all day and when I came home I was being kept from going into the building and neighbors who were friends of said roommate started at a physical altercation with me. I didn't find out until several months later that they sold off all my belongings and then left my cats abandoned for at least a week before giving them away to someone working at the corner store across the street. I had my oldest cat for 12 years and the other two for at least 2 years. I called to try to get officers to let me into the building so I could at least get my cats that day and they just scoffed at me and said we don't help people check on their cats. It's ridiculous because it's literal theft. I couldn't get any help. Is there anything I can do?
A: You can file a civil suit against the roommate and whomever else sold, damaged, destroyed or gave away your property.
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