Q: How do I take legal action against a dog handler extorting me and get my dog back, and without harm to dog?
verbal agreement of breeding- handler is extorting me by not returning my dog unless I give her 500 cash and sign a contract I have never seen.
Handler has had my dog for a week to breed. Handler decided she now needs a written contract, and stalled me after driving 2 hours to retrieve my dog, saying she didn’t have contract ready, then ultimately pretended not be home when I knocked to get my dog.
I was okay with original terms, but after all this headache of downtown time of trying to get her back, we have returned home with no dog I don’t think that’s fair and have asked to go through legal channels.
Police will not help and say it’s a civil matter. My kids are heartbroken, it’s two days to Christmas.
Tonight she has threatened to give my dog the the morning after pill unless I agree to her terms. I need a court order.
See: https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.08.070. This law makes it a crime to steal or otherwise harm a pet animal in WA State. The application of this law is fact dependent. Also, it sounds like your opponent is claiming a lien on your dog, though I only know of such liens in the case of certain livestock (not dogs) - see https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=60.56&full=true. As for your contractual issues, more info is required, though of course you cannot be legally forced to sign this contract.
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