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My Grandma gave my dog away – how can I get it back?

Q:

I left my grandmother my dog while I went away. When I came back she had given my dog away. It's been two months. Is it possible to get him back if I have the papers for the dog?

A:

One can sue to try to get an animal returned. Of course, it generally makes sense to request an animal’s return prior to suing. Registration, licensing, and adoption/sale papers provide some indication of ‘ownership,’ but these papers do not prove that one still ‘owns’ an animal. A court would likely consider other factors which demonstrate who owned the dog when he was given away to his new family. A court might also consider that the dog has been with his new family for a couple of months. I hope you also consider what is best for the dog and whether you are in a position to provide lifetime care for him.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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