Anacortes, WA asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington

Q: My ex recently abandoned the dog I paid for when we were together. He found out I have her and wants her back.

I paid for her as a puppy in 2014. We split in 2015 when he took her from me. He hasn't had a stable home in almost a year and has been injecting drugs. She was living with him in a trailer with drug addicts and was also pretty skinny. He recently left her with his brother saying he'd be back in a day, it's been 2 weeks. His brother couldn't keep 3 dogs so he asked if i wanted her back. He told me not to give her back to my ex due to the neglect she'd had. My ex found out I have her and wants to come get her. Do i have to legally give her back? I have an 1 year restraining order in place keeping him from my home, myself and our son.

Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer

A: Arguably, he gave up his property rights by not returning to retrieve the dog within the stated period of 1 day, and arguably his brother apparently gifted the dog to you. Based on this perspective, you may have legal rights to the dog. The greater issue relates to dog abuse, which should be reported to the police as soon as possible. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.