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Do I have a right to know how the animals I surrendered are doing?

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On Jan. 11, 2013 I was evicted by the State of --- from my home and I was current on all payments. It was a wrongful foreclosure. I quickly called ---- and said they could not take all of my animals on that short of a notice. One that I myself did not know was happening. I called the ----and they came and picked up three horses, three dogs and six birds. I was devastated and went into a depression. Now last week I called them to see how they were doing and I was told that they could not give out any info on them to me at all. That they owed them because I signed something. I do not remember doing this and was under extreme duress at the time this happened. All I wanted to know was how they were doing. ----was great. loving and caring towards me but ---- was not. After calling and leaving messages of inquiry to connections their staff connected me too, they had an Attorney call me. I told him all I wanted to know is how they were doing. He treated me like I was a criminal and informed me that they can't do that. That I signed away my rights. And that I used foul language, which I did not. He would not and did not care how I felt. I had no choice or time as to who to call that they would quickly respond to this situation. And all I cared about was my animals being ok. Is it wrong to want to know how they are? The least they could have done was lie to me about it. The whole ordeal was cold and uncaring towards me. What can I do about this? I don't think what they said or did was right. I have been trying to look up ---laws and can't find anything about this. I was told in the beginning by --------at ------------and by the director, -------- that I could call anytime to find out how they are. It took me along time to get over this and when I did call that was the reception I received. I want to know if I have the legal right to know how they are doing? I want to know, even if they had to be put to sleep. They were all healthy and had their shots and were neutered and spayed and well cared for and very loved by me. Please let me know what I can do about this. Thanks.

A:

Shelter surrender agreements usually state that a person who surrenders an animal has no further rights to the animal. Once a person has no further rights to an animal, the shelter would normally not be required to inform that person about what happened to the animal. Of course, that doesn’t mean that a shelter cannot provide general information about the animal, but typically the shelter would not be legally required to do so.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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