Kelli Bender
February 02, 2015 10:40 PM

World News Videos | ABC World NewsHe clawed his way out of the grave, now “Zombie Cat” is just trying to find a place to call home.

Bart the cat made national headlines last week after he was found alive five days after being pronounced dead and buried. According to ABC News, the rescuers who helped the feline after his resurrection are now refusing to return Bart to his owner.

“The cat shouldn’t have been buried,” Sherry Silk, executive director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, said. “The cat shouldn’t have had dirt thrown over him.”

Silk believes the owner, Ellis Hudson, should’ve taken Bart to a hospital after the animal was hit by a car several weeks ago, instead of taking it upon himself to decide that Bart was dead. The director also feels that, due to the amount of activity, Hudson’s home isn’t suited for a feline recovering from major injuries.

The pet’s original family is fighting to get the cat back, claiming they were certain Bart was dead when they buried him and that they are prepared to take the custody battle to court.

“If we have to go to court, we have to go to court,” Hudson said. “I don’t think it’s right for me to lose my cat.”

Hudson and his family were looking forward to welcoming Bart home and using the funds raised for Bart through a GoFundMe account started by a neighbor to build the cat a special room.

Silk still remains dedicated to keeping Bart out of Hudson’s home, and she hopes the owner will eventually relinquish the feline to the shelter’s care.

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