Cherokee, NC asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Family Law for North Carolina

Q: Friend got kicked out of the house after coming out as trans; his mother kept his service dog. Can he get it back?

-He is over the age of 18 (enrolled in college, this happened over break) and currently staying with a cousin

-This is in North Carolina, USA

-He requires a service dog for multiple physical and mental issues; this has been certified by his physician.

-The mother paid for the service dog

1 Lawyer Answer
Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: It likely depends on who owns the dog as to who gets to keep the dog. However, there may be some legal options so he should consult with a local attorney who can go over the situation in more detail and lay out his options.

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