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Hi, I'm Heather, an attorney with 15 years experience and I'd be happy to assist for informational and educational purposes.
Before I answer your question, I have a few points I'd like if you could clarify: Have you filed a police report? How did this person come into possession of your kittens if they were not paid for?
In small claims court, they conduct things a bit informally. It will probably be tough to get an order compelling the other party to give you that information that you want prior to the trial. You can go to the trial and ask for that information, and the judge will probably ask the other party to disclose it.
In the alternative, you may get some assistance from the police. If you file the police report for theft, the officers may go question this woman and be able to help you get your kitty back.
Has that answered your question?
The police dept can subpoena or issue warrants to get the information on who sent that message and where it came from. That person is threatening you and this seems to have evolved into more than just a lost kitty. I think you should file a police report and tell them that not only was your kitty stolen, but now you are in fear for your safety and want to get your stolen property (your kitty) back. That might be more effective than the small claims case. You should give the police those messages.
How stressful! I'm sorry!
Hi, Heather here. I'm just checking in to ask you if I answered your question, as it's still showing up as open. Let me know in the chat if I answered your question, please?