Answered on Mar 13, 2014
Abandonment in PA is generally tied to both a physical act and an intent. That is some think that must be proven. As a practical matter, attorneys have to be creative in these types of cases. PA has a bailment statute and it would be interesting to argue that you have improved the animal and maintain a possessory lien. You would argue that you should not have to return the animal until the lien is satisfied. This is all fact dependent but it is an interesting situation.