Nashville, TN asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for Tennessee

Q: My ex gave me our dog when we split. Now she is claiming she will have a warrant issued for theft if I don’t return him.

It was an incredibly toxic relationship and so many domestic situations happened. When we finally split she told me multiple times I had to take the dog or he would go to a shelter. So I took him. Now, because we aren’t getting back together, she is using him against me. He is in her name, she paid for him. But he is registered as my emotional support animal and I have cared for him from the beginning. She is claiming she can have a warrant filed against me by the commissioner for theft. Is this actually possible?

1 Lawyer Answer

Anthony M. Avery

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  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: It is very possible, and you might even get convicted. There is no Title to a Dog, but it is probably not worth the trouble and risk to prove ownership in Court. Bond, Attorneys, Court Costs and Restitution could be very expensive. Many Judges and DA's will feel very sorry for her.

Whatever you do, do not have an argument with her or she will put you in Jail for alot worse than the ridiculous Theft of a Dog.

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