Replevin is a type of civil remedy used to recover personal property that has been wrongfully taken or detained. A writ of replevin is an order from a court authorizing the retaking of the wrongfully taken or detained personal property. "To replevy" is to recover goods by a writ of replevin. (Black's Law Dictionary, 10th ed.) People have used, or tried to use, writs of replevin to recover cats, dogs, a pony, a television set, pipes, valves, and fittings, a skidder, a trailer, a backhoe, motor vehicles and, occasionally, themselves (see the link below).
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