Springfield, MA asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Hampshire

Q: My mom was watching my dog while i didnt know if i could keep her and gave her away. Do i have rights?

Long story short. Im in a complicated situation. And we weren't sure if we could keep our dog. My mom offered to take her and help find a home with us. I told her we still needed to talk it through and wanted to see her before any final decisions were made. We did want to keep options open while we decided so I thought it was okay if she asked around. She had no communication with me in the process. And ignored messages about me wanting to take her back to meet some people and such. She also stated she cut me out of the situation because of her cats. No papers were ever transferred over to her and i never gave her full permission to give her away without me. Do I have any rights?

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Joseph Kelly Levasseur
Joseph Kelly Levasseur
  • Manchester, NH
  • Licensed in New Hampshire

A: Interesting situation from a legal standpoint, it could come down to who has legal possession and legal right to give the dog away. If your mom did not have legal right you need to to put the new owner on notice asap because you may not be able to get the dog back. You may have to file a civil suit to try and get your dog back. Good luck!

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