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Pet owners are being warned against entering into fostering arrangements, after a family were left with a £20,000 legal bill when the 'foster owner' of their cat refused to hand him back.

The Mahoney family were in the process of renovating their home and had arranged to move into a rental property while the work was completed, only to find that the landlord would not allow them to bring their pet cat Frankie.

Rosalind Mahoney maintains that she only asked June Allan to look after Frankie on a temporary basis, but Mrs Allan refused to give Frankie back when the building work was completed and claimed she was now the rightful owner of the nine-year-old moggy, the Daily Mail reports.

The Mahoney family took the fight to the High Court, but the judge sided with 83-year-old Mrs Allan, who insists she would not have housed Frankie if she had thought it was only a short-term arrangement.

Mrs Mahoney said: "There is no justice. And now not only do we not have Frankie but I have a £20,000 legal bill, half of which I must pay in the next 28 days."

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