How can I get my dog back after selling it?

////How can I get my dog back after selling it?


I bought my daughter a puppy to help with her depression on September 2nd 2022. 2 days ago we sold the puppy to see if she would be ok without her and she is not. We have a doctors note that she HAS to have the dog with her at ALL times. The family that has the puppy is rude and irresponsible and we want the puppy back. How do we get her back? (No contract was signed)


People who sell or give away their animal generally have no further rights to that animal and the person to whom the animal was sold or gifted generally has no legal obligation to return the animal. Regrets do not equal rights. Consider that rather than selling the dog, more temporary arrangements, such as a boarding or fostering arrangement, could/should have been made. People who believe that their animal is being wrongfully withheld can sue to try to get the animal returned.

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