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Surrendered dog still microchipped to me, can I get him back?

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I surrendered my dog due to a moving situation. I owned him for three years. I just got a call because he is microchipped to me still because the owner didn't change it and he had been found by some man. I told them I was willing to pay for adoption to get him back but they gave him to this random man whom found him wondering the streets. Obviously the SPCA didn't find a safe home for him like I was told and I want him back. What can I do? they keep telling me he isn't my dog because I surrendered him but they called me to get him and then told me I can't take him.

A:

A person who surrenders an animal usually has no further rights to that animal, even if the new ‘owner’ fails to change the microchip registration. In these situations, the shelter generally has no obligation to return the animal to the original ‘owner,’ although the person who lost the dog may still have rights. Consider that the animal shelter did not give the dog to a ‘random man,’ but rather to a Good Samaritan who rescued the dog.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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