TAMPA -- The "Zombie Cat" saga has a new twist - a legal one.
The now world-famous black-and-white cat named Bart that dug himself out of a grave after being hit by a car and deemed dead has prompted a lawsuit.
Bart's owner, Ellis Wayne Hutson, is suing the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to get the cat back.
The organization has refused to return the pet because it suspected abuse.
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Bart seemingly used up one of his nine lives Jan. 15 when he was found bloodied by Hutson, who buried the pet. Five days later, Bart showed up at a neighbor's home - weak but very much alive.
Now, Bart is on the mend and the Humane Society says his care is their first priority. The zombie-miracle feline has injuries to his jaw and face, and he has lost an eye.
Director Sherry Silk said Hutson should have taken Bart to the hospital when he was hit by a car instead of burying him.
"Very neglectful, I don’t know if its purposeful, but we just are not going to return the cat to him," said Silk.
Silk also added with Bart's extensive injuries, he cannot be an outside cat, or live in a home with a child. Hutson has a small child, and the Hutson's cats spend most of their time outside.
Meanwhile, callers to the Humane Society have threatened to storm the facility and steal the cat back.The Humane Society is caring for Bart free of charge.