Columbia, IL asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois

Q: I've been dog sitting, girl won't pick up her dog, how long until he's legally mine? I've had for 3 months.

My friend asked me if I would dog sit for her until she moved into her apartment, I told her I would, it was supposes to take 1 week, I've had this dog now for 2-3 months, I have pets of my own and don't have the time to train her dog, I told her she needs to pick up the dog or get a kennel for it so it stops destroying my house, she won't do either, always making excuses, how long until the dog is legally mine? She got it vetted but I've paid for everything else it needs. I don't want to get in trouble by rehoming it, but I work on an ambulance and I'm not home enough to deal with this dog, and it would break my heart if the dog got off the chain while I'm at work and got hit or something.

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T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: I am not sure how long it has been or if you gave her formal notice. From the time you give her notice, you are entitled to any additional fees for "storage" and care of the animal during that time, if she reclaims the dog.

If she does not reclaim the dog at the end of the redemption period, the dog is considered abandoned and the dog by default becomes your to do with as you please.

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