Zombie Cat Custody Battle Ensues After Humane Society Questions Conditions Of Bart’s Home

Zombie cat, the feline that “rose from the dead,” is now in the middle of a custody battle and may be worth a fortune. The animal shelter housing the zombie cat reportedly has new details about the cat that was buried alive by its family. The cat shelter is determined not to allow the lucky animal to be returned to its owners.

Bart, the zombie cat, was slated to leave the Tampa Bay Humane Center and return home over the weekend, but new allegations about the circumstances leading up to the animal being buried alive, and its home environment, have delayed the return. The celebrity of the zombie cat could make him worth as much as the internet famous “Grumpy Cat,” some social media experts note.

The black and white zombie cat from Tampa was reportedly run over and then buried – before walking home to his understandably shocked owner, Ellis Hutson. Bart was taken to the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service, where he had his jaw repaired and his eye removed. The cat that was buried alive is now expected to make a full recovery.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay had this to say about Bart the zombie cat.

“Recently we have learned new information about Bart’s home environment and the circumstances leading up to his burial. Therefore, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay does not intend to return Bart to the Hutson family. We are prepared to fight for the best interests of this cat.”

Ellis Hutson told the news media that he was devastated when he thought Bart had been killed and had to bury the cat. The animal was reportedly found not moving in the street surrounded by a pool of blood. Huston also relayed how shocked he was when Bart came back home five days after he had been buried.


Because the cat owner was not able to pay the fees associated with the needed surgeries for the zombie cat, Ellis Hutson sought the help of the local Humane Society chapter. Through the group’s Save-A-Pet Medical Funds, the animal shelter was able to help cover the costs of Bart’s surgery.

Veterinarians are stumped by Bart’s survival. A feline brother and playmate might be responsible for his return from the dead. It is believed by some that Bart’s constant companion dug him out of the grave and helped him home. The two cats reportedly play together all the time and frequently roamed about together.

Why do you think Bart the zombie cat survived and what should happen to him now?

[Image via: Humane Society Tampa Bay]