Florida ‘zombie cat’ hit with custody motion – Yahoo News


Bart the cat is seen in an undated handout picture from the Tampa Bay Humane Society in Tampa, Florida
Florida ‘zombie cat’ hit with custody motion

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – The Florida cat that crawled out of its grave after a traffic accident is now ensnared in a legal dispute over custody involving its owner and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Bart the cat, nicknamed “zombie cat” on social media, made international headlines last month when he surfaced five days after he was hit by a car and buried for dead.

He was initially expected to return home after surgery at the Humane Society’s veterinary clinic, where Bart was treated for a broken jaw and facial injuries. One of his eyes had to be removed. [ID:nL1N0V72FP]

But the agency, which is chronicling Bart’s recovery online in a blog, http://humanesocietytampa.org/blog/, decided not to return the cat to its owner after learning more about “circumstances leading up to his burial,” the agency said.

Bart’s owner, Ellis Hutson of Tampa, filed a court motion earlier this week to demand the return of the black and white pet. Hutson claimed the society’s leadership sought to use Bart for fundraising, according to court filings provided to Reuters by the Humane

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