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Zombie Cat in Custody Tug of War After Premature Burial

By    |   Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 10:33 AM

Zombie cat, the Florida feline that clawed out of his own grave last month, is now the subject of a bitter legal battle after being patched up by the local humane society.

Reuters reported via Yahoo News that Bart's owner, Ellis Hutson, 52, sued the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Tuesday after the organization announced it would not return him after he finishes recovering from jaw surgery.

Late last month, Bart was struck by a car, and presumed dead because he was not breathing. A neighbor helped bury Bart, but he turned up five days later. The humane society provided face surgery free of charge, and is now concerned Bart's home life is full of neglect.

"We believe it's in the best interest for Bart to stay with us until he heals and finds a new adoptive home," Nash McCutchen, the organization's marketing coordinator, told the Tampa Bay Times.

Hutson disagrees, alleging in his suit that the group is detaining him in order to continue exploiting him for fundraising.

"This is our family pet," he told the Times. "This is a pet that was born in the bottom of our dresser drawer. All I want is my family cat back."

The humane society said it decided to revoke Hutson's custody after a video was posted online of Hutson and his girlfriend, Candice Mclendon. In the video, filmed shortly after Bart was hit by a car, Mclendon is seen discussing Bart's condition.

"He might not have been dead. Cause when I found him ... he was moving and stuff," she says in the video.

Bart is recovering well, humane society staffers reported. He still has his jaw wired up, but is eating plenty of food. He took his first full-body bath since the accident this Wednesday.



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