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Can I be taken to court if the original dog owner still has the papers?

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A girl gave me her dog after saying she couldn't keep him. Then 2 weeks later she said she is going to court to get her dog back? Can she do that? Lying to us saying he has no papers?

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A person can commence a lawsuit, but that does not ensure success in the lawsuit. Possession of papers does not definitively prove ‘ownership.’ In determining ‘ownership’ of an animal in a case where possession of an animal was voluntarily transferred, courts will likely consider evidence which demonstrates whether the dog was given away, sold, temporarily boarded, mistreated, or abandoned.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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