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He went missing from my yarn 14/11/2012. He is an indoor cat and got out. He is a pedigree, Ragdoll and I have all his papers. I've had him since a kitten.
I spent up to 6 months searching for him. Posters in every house, in the local magasine that is delivered to every house in the village, in the school newsletters, local forums, on every lightpost and in every vets/rescue and animal shelter.
Petlog called me 13/11/2014 to say that someone had taken him to a vet and as a new client he had been scanned and his chip found. The new people said they had got him from a rescue centre approx 12 months before but I don't think this is true as most rescue centres would scan for a chip.
Pet log left several voice messages and then sent a letter with my contact details and confirming I would not change the microchip details. They have not responded.
I was told by the cats protection that there had been precedent a there had been a case in Kent where it went to court and the original owners were given the cat back on the basis of property.
How do I find a solicitor? I am hoping that they could get around the data protection with the microchip company and get a letter to the people. The microchip company could not give me any detail. However I don't know what category this falls under except property and when I have called some local firms they hear me mention cat and won't discuss it. I would like to try getting in contact with the other people and try for civil discussion and resolution, if possible.
A question about the declaration of ownership. I don't have any details of the people who currently have my cat, so is this still a possible option? The microchip company, Petlog, cannot give me any details without their permission due to data protection I believe.
Perhaps I am incorrect, but I thought that a solicitor would be able to request these details from Petlog and then send a letter on my behalf. I am not sure they would be able to give me those details to put on a small claims form?