TAMPA, FL -- Bart, the "zombie" cat who clawed his way back to life, has a new home.
After a 20-month legal battle between the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and the man who raised Bart and found him "dead" in the street, a settlement allowed Bart to be put up for adoption on Wednesday.
"After 20 months in our care, countless hours of paperwork, and millions of prayers and well-wishes from across the world, we finally have been legally granted ownership of Bart the Miracle Cat to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay!" the Humane Society wrote on its website.
But Bart was only with the Humane Society for a few hours after that, as his foster family picked him up and took him to his new home.
The name of the cat's new owner, a Humane Society staffer, is being withheld out of "fear of retribution," The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Back in January of 2015, Bart was hit by a car, and its previous owner thought he was dead, so he buried the cat. Five days later, Bart showed up at a neighbor's house, weak, dehydrated and in need of medical attention.
The owner contacted veterinary clinics, but could not afford the bills so Bart was taken to the Animal Health Center where he was treated for a broken jaw, facial wounds and the removal of a damaged eye.