- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Two women are battling in a Northern California court over which of them is the rightful owner of a beloved tuxedo cat.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1SouLHe ) Tiffany Mestas of Fairfield took the case to court after tracking her black and white feline to the home of a retired nurse who refused to hand him over.

The 35-year-old veterinary technician says the cat, which she named David, went missing seven years ago and was illegally adopted by Therese Weczorek.

Weczorek’s lawyer says her 68-year-old client adopted the cat in good faith from a shelter in Vacaville and that the cat has become part of her family. She named the cat Whiley.

Sonoma County Judge Elliot Daum said Wednesday he’ll refer to the cat as “DW,” taking the first initial of the names each woman had bestowed on the cat.

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