Appeals Court Upholds Will Leaving Money To Cat
November 9, 2002

A state appeals court has upheld a woman's will that left $320,000 to an animal shelter to care for her Siamese cat after her death.

Relatives of Ruth Ann Lovett of Sandusky had argued her will had been altered and that she was under stress from medication when she signed the document before her death in 1996.

The Sixth Ohio District Court of Appeals Friday upheld an Erie County Probate jury's enforcement of Lovett's will.

Officials at the Humane Society of Erie County put the cat to sleep about three months after Lovett's death.

The group said the 18-year-old cat, named Sinbad, had kidney and age-related problems.

Lovett had written in her will that her relatives didn't need her money.

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