Greeley, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: Isn't a stolen dog treated the same as a stolen car? It's stolen property.

If a police report was done on the dog and we now know where he is located can he be retrieved by the police department? If you purchase a stolen car from someone and the police Dept realizes you have a vehicle that's been reported stolen, they will retrieve the stolen property...the same should go for a dog that was registered as a service dog and can be proven the dog belongs to someone else. Is it the same? Why or why not?

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Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Greenwood Village, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: The answer is no. Typically the police will not intervene, they will say it's a civil matter. I've only seen a few cases where they have charged someone with theft of a dog. You will need to take them to court. I'd recommend you consult with an attorney who handles matters like this on a regular basis, such as myself.

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