Tammy's adopter disputes terms in letter from volunteer

Tammy's adopter disputes terms in letter from volunteer

The British woman who adopted a seven-month-old mongrel which she later had put down is disputing terms in the letter of demand issued by lawyers of the woman she got the puppy from.

In a seven-page response to the letter of demand, Ms Alison McElwee and her legal team from Stamford Law said on Monday that a donation to charities such as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals could be discussed.

It would, however, be "a donation in support of a good cause and not to satisfy any claim for damages".

Ms McElwee also said she would not give in to animal volunteer Ada Ong's demands for a written acknowledgement stating that euthanising Tammy was a breach of her obligations under the adoption form.

Doing so, said the letter, would "perpetuate the untruths" told at the "expense of Ms McElwee's reputation and the well-being of her family".

The puppy, Tammy, was euthanised on Oct 7, four months after it was adopted, as it had allegedly bitten Ms McElwee's children.

Ms Ong's Allen and Gledhill lawyers sent a letter of demand to Ms McElwee last Thursday for a $1,200 donation - $1,000 in damages and $200 for legal costs - to a charity of Ms Ong's choice and a written acknowledgement from Ms McElwee for breach of contract. In her statement, Ms McElwee said she did not consider the adoption form a contract or that there was any "enforceable obligation".

Under the adoption form signed between both parties, Ms McElwee would notify Ms Ong if Tammy could not be cared for.

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