A woman who stole her ex-husband's cat and put it up for adoption was fined at court on Wednesday.
A woman who stole her ex-husband's cat and put it up for adoption was fined at court on Wednesday.

Claws out in ex-wife’s cat revenge gone wrong

A WOMAN who stole her ex-husband’s cat, forged his signature and put it up for adoption was slammed by a magistrate for her revenge plot gone wrong.

Judy Ann Blackwell, 67, claimed the cat she bought her then-husband for Christmas in 2014 was being mistreated, so she took matters into her own hands and was arrested on June 22.

Police prosecutor Amanda Brewer said Blackwell’s ex-husband printed “missing” signs when he thought the cat had run away on June 16.

He contacted the pound and was told the cat’s microchip had been transferred into another name and he had “relinquished ownership”.

Senior Constable Brewer said the documents were fake and Blackwell forged her ex-husband’s signature weeks before on May 13.

Duty lawyer Jane Bruxner said Blackwell thought the cat was “neglected” and put it up for adoption.

Ms Bruxner said the Widder woman paid for all the cat’s medical bills and felt entitled to find the cat a new home.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist had other ideas about her intentions.

“Vindictiveness and retribution spring to mind … you forged the signature,” he said.

Blackwell pleaded guilty to fraud and stealing, and was fined $800 with no conviction recorded.