San Francisco, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California

Q: Can animal shelter refuse to give me my kittens if police said it was temporary until I get released?

It's only been one day, and they are refusing to give me back my 4 month old kittens. I was arrested and police told me I can just go pick them up . But they are trying to charge alit of money said if I can't pay it in full they will adopt them out

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Under California law, if the police advised that the animal shelter would hold your kittens temporarily until your release, the shelter should return the kittens to you once you are released. The shelter cannot charge excessive fees or put undue financial burdens on you to reclaim your pets. If they continue to refuse, you may need to seek legal assistance to enforce your rights in this matter.

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