How can we get our dog back from friends who boarded him for 20 months?Q:
My husband and I moved to Switzerland 20 months ago and had to leave our Great Pyrenees with some people we knew and trusted. We had said when we left that if some reason we have to move back can we still have our dog they said yes. We have stayed in contact at least twice a month checking on him, and etc. We moved back a month ago and have gone to see him every weekend taking him for hikes, grooming him, playing and taking food to the people. We told them that since we are back now and found a house with a big back yard we would like to have him back. They said he will be sad. Went to pick him up on Sunday and they said the only way to get him back is if you replace him with another Pyrenees, we frantically looked and then they said no you have been gone for 20 months and he is family now. We are sick, we want our dog back we love him so much and will do whatever it takes to get him back. There was never a written agreement just verbal. Please help we are desperate.A:
If you and the animal’s caretaker or new guardian cannot reach an amicable agreement, then your option is to sue to try to get the dog back. Courts will consider the evidence presented, including whether or not you paid for the dog for the two years you were in Switzerland. That could help a court to determine whether the arrangement was for boarding or whether you gave the dog away. The court may question why you did not take the dog with you since it seemed that you did not know whether or not you would ever be returning. Please consider the best interests of the dog.
Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott
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