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Russian couple agree to pay fine when pet cat seized

Sept. 7, 2013 at 2:49 PM

MOSCOW, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A Russian couple agreed to pay a civil fine for property damage but only after marshals seized their pet cat and threatened to sell it, court officials say.

The couple, who live in Kemerovo in Siberia, owe 45,000 rubles ($1,350) in restitution for damaging their neighbors' property during a flood at their home. On the court website, marshals said the couple finally agreed to pay up when their cat, a Sphynx, was seized, RIA Novosti reported Saturday.

Sphynxes are hairless cats.

The cat can still be sold if the debt is not paid off within a week, the marshals said. The animal is valued at about $15.

The tactic has worked before. Marshals got a family to pay a back utility bill in 2009, by threatening to seize a Sphynx kitten.

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