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Can I keep dog as a lean until paid dog walking fees?

Q:

I've been walking a dog for a whole year because owners don't walk this Lab/Pit mix. We did agree verbally, that they will pay me for the dog walking, but they haven't till this date. There is nothing on paper, everything was just upon verbal agreement. Can I keep the dog as a lean till they pay me?
Thank you for your time and your website.

A:

When one continues to walk someone else’s dog for a whole year without getting paid and there is no written agreement regarding payment, it will be very difficult to prove that the alleged debtor should have known that payment is due. Under these circumstances, withholding someone’s pet by trying to establish a lien could instead result in theft charges. One can sue in Small Claims Court to try to get compensated for whatever money one believes is due to him/her.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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