/Tag: Custody

Dog Ownership Dispute / Veterinary Negligence

My ex-boyfriend and I bought a dog 9 years ago, we split original purchase 50/50. Up until 2/2021 we were splitting the vet costs (a monthly wellness plan). From 2/2021 (when I moved out) - 12/2023 he did not pay towards the wellness plan. I fully paid all charges. We recently broke up and he is now keeping the dog from me (we were splitting visitation weekly). This week while I was out of town for work, he took the dog to same Vet and brought him in as new pet, and he told the Vet to cancel my wellness plan on the dog and my 4/8 appt. Which they did without contacting me even though I was the SOLE name on the account. They proceeded with vet visit. Vet confirmed to me they did not perform all of the routine preventative care since he was paying out of pocket. So he is not providing same level of care. Dog licenses (2 towns) & pet insurance are in my name & I pay them. What are my rights/options here? And what action can I take against Vet?

By |2024-05-20T15:11:37-04:00May 20th, 2024|

Cat Ownership Questions

My girlfriend and I had a cat before we broke up, the cat's chip was registered under my name. During our time I can feel the cat likes my girlfriend more than me, so after the breakup I gave the cat to her while there are no documents/contracts saying this. It has been 2 years, and she is the primary caregiver to the cat although I pay for the insurance. She is rehoming the cat but having difficulties. Can she sue me for animal abandonment during the breakup? I'm a bit paranoid. Thanks

By |2024-05-20T16:16:24-04:00April 20th, 2024|

How can I get my dog back?

My dog escaped the house with a bad skin condition and ended up at the shelter before I returned home. The shelter deemed her skin as neglect and threatened to take my other animals (1 dog 1 cat) if we tried to sign her out, so my boyfriend (legal owner) signed her away to them. But I've personally had this dog for 12 years and knows only us as a family. I have the vet I've used for 12 years as well on my side, but he legally can't do anything and told me to contact a lawyer. I've asked the shelter nicely to get her back any way I can but they won't give me a straight answer.

By |2024-05-20T14:52:45-04:00April 20th, 2024|

TNR related to pets.

We recently had a cat that was both an indoor and outdoor cat. He was neutered, had a microchip, and front declawed (which is how we acquired him). One of our neighbors claims he participates in TNR and caught our cat once.

By |2024-05-15T14:16:24-04:00March 14th, 2024|

Animal control and custody.

Is there a way when I call animal control on someone I know is neglecting their animals, can I get the dog from animal control to give the dog a better life?

By |2024-03-26T09:31:39-04:00January 26th, 2024|

Ex-girlfriend wants to take custody of dog due to being ESA.

My ex-girlfriend and I got the dog together. I paid the majority portion of her cost, all of her vet bills, and all of her food supplies. I have documentation under my name for the vet bills and registration. Her argument is that we got the dog registered as an ESA under her name. The only reason for this was that we were living in a breed-restricted apartment that did not allow our dog size. She has served me some papers for court in March, and I would like to know how I stand on this?

By |2024-03-26T09:15:10-04:00January 9th, 2024|

Humane Society failed to contact us.

Our chipped 13-year-old dog wandered from home while we were away. He was picked up and taken to another town's Humane Society. However, they never contacted us and gave him away. Do we have any rights in this situation?

By |2024-01-18T10:38:50-04:00December 10th, 2023|

Stolen Dog.

I apologize for any confusion in this situation. Recently, a woman passed away, leaving her dog. The legal executor of her will registered the dog's microchip in their name. They then legally transferred ownership to my mom. After a call from another family member who claimed ownership, my mother, confused about the custody, gave the dog away. When she informed the legal executor, they reported the dog as stolen. The current possessor refuses to return the dog. Should we file Small Claims and a Replevin Action? Please help!

By |2024-01-17T17:08:28-04:00December 6th, 2023|