The Herald reports:
A public, and at times nasty, tug-of-love battle over an adored pedigree cat has come to an end, with a court order that the chinchilla persian be returned to its original owner.
Social media sensation Caitlin Davidson, known as Caito Potatoe to her almost half a million followers, today returned the cat – via an intermediary and an Auckland vet clinic – to Grey Lynn woman Joyce Quah.
Miss Quah had asked the Disputes Tribunal to order the return of the four-year-old cat, after the purebred ended up in the care of 18-year-old Miss Davidson. This week the tribunal agreed the cat – whom Miss Davidson claimed she found walking the streets of Auckland, named her Darling, and then refused to give up – must be returned to Miss Quah.
“I’m getting my baby back,” an emotional Miss Quah told the New Zealand Herald this afternoon.
“I’m sorry I’m rambling now, but I’m just so happy. It’s the best Christmas present ever.”
Miss Davidson’s father, Tom Davidson, said in a statement they were disappointed in the decision, but would respect it.
“All we did was rescue a cat, love it and look after it as any civilised person would. However, the way Miss Quah went about claiming this cat was completely uncivilised
The Davidson’s should be ashamed of themselves.
If you find a cat you make every effort to locate the owner. Sure, you look after it if you can’t, but you try. You check for microchips. You may put posters up. You ask around.
And when the purported owner comes forward you don’t refuse to give them their cat back. Even worse you don’t refuse to have a DNA test done, so she can prove it is her cat. That becomes close to theft.