Thankyou lilipily, so am I.
My dog is incredibly timid now and somewhat 'flighty' with quick movements near him. He cowers alot I've seen my XH with other animals, and this is another reason why I couldn't just leave him there. He was mistreated and given no love whatsoever.
My XH doesn't like cats. My kids have told me that when they have been at the house, XH quite often doesn't have food for the cat so the kids make him weetbix and feed that to him. I assume with XH's help.
It wasn't just about getting them back, it was making sure they were well looked after and loved.