My friend bought a kitten from a friend a year ago. The kitten was really adorable that's why everyone wanted to play with him and have him for a day or two. Something came up one day and my friend who bought the cat was unable to look after him for a while, so he asked another friend who totally adores and said doesn't mind the kitten to board at her place for a month or so.
Everything was okay when my friend went back to pick up his kitten when he finished his own business. But the next day, his frd who helped looked after the kitten requested to have the kitten back claiming that her family has booked an appointment for the kitten. My friend wondered why were they taking his kitten to a vet that he's unfamiliar with and without notifying him earlier. He surely never instructed her nor anyone to take the kitten to any vet, and even if the kitten needed to see a vet, he should be notified and to be asked which family vet they should take the kitten to. But anyhow, he thanked them for their care and told them that he could take the kitten to the appointment himself as the owner.
At first, they were trying to convince him that the family miss the kitten and wanted to take him to the vet. Then they refused to tell my friend which vet they took the kitten to, not even the contact info of the vet. It turned out that the frd who looked after the kitten lied to her own family claiming that she has bought a kitten, so her family members all thought the kitten is theirs. What's worse is that they wanted to keep the kitten so badly that they already installed a microchip for the cat without my frd's permission and all the info registered on the microchip states that the ownership of the kitten is theirs. And none of this was ever notified nor permitted by my frd who he was the one that bought the kitten. When he was finally told about this, he wasn't too pleased and asked for all his kitten's vet record including the microchip account to be transferred back to him. It was just horrible when the person refused to do so, and started blackmailing asking for $1000 in order to get all the paperworks back. She claimed that it's reasonable for she has taken care of the kitten for two months that $1000 should be paid back to her as for all the food expenses, automatic litter box (which she claimed it costed $300) and vet fees. My friend reasoned with her that it's okay and reasonable to pay for all the cat food expenses. However, my frd never asked of her to purchase an automatic litter box for his kitten since the kitten did have a regular litter box. And it just doesn't make sense an automatic litter box would cost as much as $300 (he later on saw the exact same auto litter box at the pet store that only costs $75+tax). And certainly my friend never instructed them to take his kitten to any vets or have any microchip done. My friend thought it was just too ridiculous to pay for someone who would blackmail a friend in return after stealing a friend's cat's ownership. Good thing was that the cat has been picked up already the day before this conversation occured. But the problem is my friend does not know what to do in order to change the microchip info and the pet's ownership back to his own account. He asked his family vet for advice but they said there's nothing they could do about it unless the person who registered the microchip call into the microchip company herself to request changes. Of course she refused to unless my friend pays for the money she blackmailed for. My friend is certain that if he asked the person who sold him the kitten to be his witness and prove he is the rightful owner, it's possible. However, that still wouldn't help nor convince the microchip company to change the info, or they might even think my friend's the one who's the thief, which he's not. Few days later, the girl called in and said her family has decided to claim a file at SPCA for lost cat. And if my friend doesn't want any trouble, he better pay up.
When my friend came to me for help, I thought what kind of horrible friend would ever do this? I have several pets of my own and of course I wouldn't want any of them to be stolen especially by a friend that was asked for a favor. I convinced him not to put up with her bad acts, and what matters is he has his kitten back safely.
Even so, the problem is still not solved til today. My friend fears to bring his cat to vets fearing that if the vet scans the microchip and they would think he's the one who stole a missing cat and return the cat to the actual thief. Is there anything that we could do?? We definitely don't want the cat to ever be return to someone that steals.
My friend is unfortunately looking for a new home for this cat cause he doesn't have the time to look after the cat due to business. He really wants to resolve this problem before giving the cat to someone responsible and would offer the cat a loving home. He surely doesn't want any trouble to be caused to the new family. Any advice or suggestion from similar experience??|:|