Former owner of 'Zombie cat' sues for custody

Humane Society doesn't want cat returned to owner

The society “was served with official Hillsborough County Court documents,” according to a statement from Nash McCutchen, marketing coordinator.

McNutcheon said a lawyer is volunteering his services to represent the society.

Bart was originally hit by a car, owner Ellis Hutson said, and then buried on the side of a road. He said a neighbor was with him at the time. Five days later, a different neighbor spotted Bart above ground, covered in open wounds and maggots but alive. (Source: FreeRepublic.com

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay gave Bart a blood transfusion and removed an eye to save him. The executive director of the society, Sherry Silk, later said she was concerned for the cat’s well-being and would not release the cat back to Hutson.

In his lawsuit demanding the cat’s return, Hutson accuses the animal agency of keeping Bart for fundraising purposes.

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