Oregon, WI asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Oregon

Q: My ex bought me a puppy.I pd her back but now she wants to sell him.Akc and registration are in my name.

There was no written agreement between us. My credit was bad and she financed him. To my knowledge she hasn't paid the financing and is just trying to be mean. Vet, registration, akc papers are all in my name only. Can she take him?

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Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Since the vet, registration, a.k.c. papers are all in your name, there is evidence she purchased the dog as a gift for you. If you paid her back for the dog then you definitely own the dog, although it sounds like you might have a difficult time proving this, as you stated there was no written agreement between the two of you. Obviously, she has the power to physically take him. The issue is whether she has the RIGHT to take him. I don't believe she has the right to take him if she purchased him initially as a gift for you and you later paid her back for the purchase price.

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