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Boyfriend gave dog away after 3-week break

Q:

My boyfriend and I purchased a dog together and split all vet bills. We took a break for 3 weeks from each other within the 3 weeks he gave her away without my consent. He could not handle the mess or clean up. As I did all of that. Am I entitled to getting her back?

A:

Resolution of pet custody disputes cannot be easily predicted as the facts of each case are different. Courts may consider that when one ‘co-owner’ left the animal with the other ‘co-owner,’ the person leaving the animal intended to give up rights to the animal, but that would depend on the circumstances and the agreement. These cases get even more complicated when the animal is living in a new home. I hope the dog is doing well and that you all consider what is in the dog’s long term best interests.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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