6. Absolute property in domestic animals.

6.     Absolute property in domestic animals.

Domestic animals, like other personal and movable chattels, are the subject of absolute property. The owner can maintain a claim for their detention or conversion, or for trespass to goods in respect of them, and retains his property in them if they stray or are lost1.

As a general rule the property in the young of domestic animals is in the owner of the mother2, but in the case of a lease of livestock the progeny belong to the lessee in the absence of express stipulation to the contrary