Hello Yes the owner is from a property nearby and came to our business daily with cat food . On several occasions the mother of the owner asked if she owed us anything and we said we didnt know until the cat had been found.
It wasnt until after the cat was found and returned that the alarm security firm sent through their bill. (they have keys to the property and came out to site to check for intruders )
I have sent a letter to the owner stating the costs incurred and asking for reimbursement and she has replied that a cat is allowed to roam and that she is not liable. I would just like to check.
I'msorry to have to tell you that under the 1971 Animals Act, cats became freespirits. Before that, the owners could be responsible. They are excluded from thedefinition of livestock under the Act and therefore they cannot be held guiltyof trespass under civil law and therefore their owners cannot be liable for anydamage done in any damage resulting from any's actions.
If acat kills birds in an aviary, there is nothing that the owner can do andsimilarly, if it digs up plants, there is nothing the gardener can do.
Thereis also case law of the same effect. The situation is different for a dog but I'mafraid not from a cat.
I'msorry, I appreciate that this is not the answer you wanted but there is nopoint in me misleading you. I have a duty to advise you truthfully and honestlyeven if that answer is unfavourable. For once, the neighbour is right.
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