Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah

Q: My neighbor breed my male dog with his without our permission, do I have any rights to the puppies?

Kids let my dog out of my yard and my neighbor locked him in his backyard with his dog that was in heat. I have pictures and Facebook posts proving the puppies are from my dog and that he intentionally put my dog in his fenced yard.

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Brian K Jackson
Brian K Jackson
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  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: You would have to prove that it was without your permission and would also have to most likely prove that the other owner did it intentionally and this did not just occur by accident. If somehow you can prove that it was without your permission and that it was intentional you could have a right to the puppies, however, it may require a DNA test or the judge may determine it by looking at the colors or spots. It would only be a claim worth pursuing if the puppies were of quite a value and the only way you could get claim to the puppies is through a legal proceeding unless you can figure something out with the neighbor outside of court.

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