Bronx, NY asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York

Q: I picked up a dog for free from a girl on FB but now I'm wondering if he was stolen. How do I know if he's stolen?

I have a question that I was wondering if anyone can help me. In one of my groups one of the Young lady's was giving we her dog away for w/e reason. So my husband and I went to pick up the dog which has been in my home since April 19th. When we went to see the dog he was bigger then I anticipated, but we thought he was friendly and adorable. I asked her if he had shots. She said "yes but I don't have his papers with me now I have to look for them" I said ok when you find it let me know so you can mail it to me. The other day I messaged her through FB telling her "I made an appointment with the Vet so I'm going to need his paper work". She's completely ignoring my message and texts. She's still posting in the group though. So my husband said "What if he's robbed?" Which triggered doubt in me! Now I'm stuck with how do I find out.

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Jonathan Damashek
Jonathan Damashek
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: The vet should be able to tell if the dog has been chipped. That would have the owner's info.

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