29th January 2015; Harte Coyle Collins, Solicitors & Solicitor Advocates, today obtained a unique mandatory injunction to compel the return of a family dog, Charlie, a 2 year old salt and pepper schaunzer terrier, to his original owner.
Charlie had been left in the temporary care of another person while the original owner was away by agreement. After 2 weeks the temporary carer refused to return the pet to his owner despite repeated requests. The owner sought advice from Ms Catriona Hutton of Harte Coyle Collins in respect of getting the beloved pet back. The firm applied for an emergency injunction to Belfast County Court today asking the Court to compel Charlie’s return.
The County Court Judge considered the application unusual but granted the application for the injunction compelling the return of Charlie to his owner. The Injunction Order was granted on foot of proof of ownership and took into account the owner’s attempts to secure Charlie’s return prior to applying for the Injunction.
Ms Hutton of Harte Coyle Collins said today;
“Charlie is an important part of my client’s family life. My client, her family and no doubt Charlie, were distressed by the refusal of the Defendant to return this beloved family pet to its home. All pet owners and dog lovers will understand my client’s concern to get her dog back safe and sound. Thanks to the common sense approach of the Judge in Belfast County Court this morning, Charlie is now homeward bound and looking forward to lots of treats. If we can assist any other pet owners in a similar situation do not hesitate to contact me.”