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What are my rights to dogs I rescued from an online site?

Q:

I rescued two chihuahuas from the FL Chi Rescue site. They had been abandoned after the dogs were found inside the home of a man who had been dead for more than 2 weeks. The police surrendered the dogs to his neighbors and told them it was legal for them to find homes for them. The brother of the man spoke to the neighbors telling them his brother had overdosed on illegal drugs. He also gave the name of the dogs but did not want them. Now, an ex-girlfriend of the deceased got out of jail on drug and domestic violence charges. She got my cell number from the neighbors and is calling with threats. What are my rights?

A:

An ex-girlfriend/boyfriend of a deceased person usually does not have rights to a deceased person’s animals unless the animals were bequeathed to such person in a Will or other legal document. Sometimes a person might claim that he/she is the real ‘owner’ of the animal or ‘co-owner’ and that presents legal issues that courts may consider if a case is commenced.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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