If someone took me to court over my dog, and the person won because they paid for the dog, but I’ve had the dog for 2 years, how could I fight that?
People who give away their animal generally have no further rights to that animal. Ideally when ownership of an animal is transferred, there would be a written transfer of ownership agreement signed by the parties. Microchip registration should be changed at the same time and other ownership documents should also be exchanged. This can help to avoid future disputes. It is unclear whether a conservator and/or guardian has been appointed for your brother or whether you have power of attorney in which case it may be possible to make decisions regarding the dog’s care without the consent of your brother. In any event, an animal’s caregiver is responsible for providing necessary and humane care. I hope you and your brother can amicably agree on what is best for the dog. If not, consult with an attorney in your area for more specific information on how to proceed. Good luck! Sounds like the dog is lucky to have you in his life.
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