Cedar Falls, IA asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa

Q: Iowa, our female ran off 3 months ago, a neighbor 3 miles away has her, doesn't want to give her back, my rights?

She is a purebred and ran off after getting bred by our male. We posted her on lost dogs Iowa, used social media, called local vets and sheriff reporting her lost. They don't want to give her back and are selling the puppies. What are my rights in getting my dog back?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Licensed in Iowa

A: According to the law, the dog is property. The owner can sue in District Court for the dog to be returned, via a procedure commonly referred to as a replevin. Or in small claims court for the value of the dog. Or consider reporting it to the police and asking law enforcement to assist in obtaining the dog's return to the rightful owner.

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