Hurricane Victim Sues to Get Cat Back

Feline had been placed in temporary custody during the 2005 storm.

Posted: December 22, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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A woman who was separated from her cat during Hurricane Katrina filed a lawsuit against a woman and her cat rescue operation this week to get the feline back.

Julie Morgan filed a lawsuit in Flagler County, Fla., earlier this week against Mari Molina of Second Chance Cat Rescue demanding the cat’s return. Molina wound up with the cat, named Meu, after people and pets were separated during the evacuation of New Orleans during the 2005 hurricane.

When Morgan was forced to evacuate her New Orleans home, she left her two dogs, a ferret and her cat Meu with the Jefferson Parish SPCA so that she could board a bus to Houston and safety. But when she was reunited with her animals, Meu was gone.

Jefferson Parish SPCA put all the animals in the temporary custody of Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society at a temporary shelter in Tylertown, Miss.

It was in Tylertown that Molina accepted temporary care of the cat until it could be reunited with Morgan. But that reunion never happened, prompting Morgan to file the suit against Molina and Second Chance Cat Rescue.

Molina declined to comment on the lawsuit, but in earlier news reports, she said that Morgan signed paperwork relinquishing ownership of the cat. However, animal rescue officials have said the paperwork was wrong and Molina was quickly notified of the error.

According to Francis Battista, director of Best Friends Animal Society, the animals were only intended to be fostered to get them out of harm’s way and that it was made clear to Molina early on that Morgan wanted Meu back.

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Bill    Tulsa, OK

3/11/2008 7:09:37 PM

I think this is sad,not to mention makes me angry that someone could/would do something like this.Did this lady ever find or get her cat back?

Cathy    Protain, OH

8/21/2007 5:19:08 AM

She should get her cat back! I hope her suit goes through and she gets her cat back without too much trouble. Our court system, though, is all about money, money, money. Shame on Molina for keeping this poor woman's cat. I would like to hear the outcome of the story and hopefully it is for the owner.

barbara    silver spring, MD

12/27/2006 3:47:32 PM

i think that all citys and states should make pervisons in dasters for all of us who have animals as family members. and yes morgan should get her presious meu back.

Robin    Hollidaysburg, PA

12/26/2006 4:57:49 AM

She should most definately get Meu back. I think it was wrong for her cat to be given to someone when it was only to be temporary.

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