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How can we get my daughter's dog back that was stolen by her ex?

Q:

My daughter was given a dog by her boyfriend in Nov. 2012. The dog lived with her the entire time. Her boyfriend moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in June 2013, did not want dog and they broke up. She has kept dog, fed, groomed and loved. Last week he conspired with a friend and stole her dog and took him back to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Is there anything she can do to get her dog home. We feel he has done this to be mean to her for the breakup.

A:

When an animal is stolen, the police should be contacted. Pet theft is a crime. However, the police often will not get involved if they think that there is a pet custody dispute, not actual pet theft. One can also bring a civil action for the return of an animal who was wrongfully taken. I suggest that your daughter retain an attorney. These matters can get complicated, particularly when the animal has been brought to another state.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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