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Can Shelter transfer my animals without owner surrender paperwork?

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My animals were illegally seized, now the local shelter is trying to transfer them out of court jurisdiction, can they do that without owner surrender paperwork?

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I suggest retaining an attorney immediately to attempt to get your animals returned if you believe they were illegally seized. A signed surrender form is not required for every instance in which an animal is seized and retained. For example, animals are often seized due to neglect or abuse and they may be temporarily placed in foster care until the criminal case is heard. In some states ‘owners’ may lose rights to the animal if they fail to post a security for the animal’s care pending the criminal case.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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