Bethlehem, PA asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania

Q: I gave someone my dog to keep while his wife had cancer. He promised to give my dog back after she died. Now he won’t

I gave my dog to my uncle to help his wife feel better since she had cancer. I gave it to him under the condition that if they couldn’t take care of her anymore, to give her back to me. A year after she died, he claimed to not be able to take care of my dog anymore and asked to give her back to me on multiple occasions. I went to go get the dog and found out that he gave her away to my aunt and never told me because pet control was coming for him since my dog was extremely sick (teeth falling out and malnourished) after he neglected it. Now that my aunt spent over $2000 at the vet to nurse my dog back to health (which i knew nothing about), she won’t give my dog back. Can I sue her for theft?

1 Lawyer Answer
Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush
  • Media, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: I doubt you can sue her for theft since your uncle handed the dog over to her. Maybe if you offer to reimburse her for the vet bills she'll return the dog. Since she seems to care enough for the dog to spend a decent amount of money on her, perhaps the nicest thing you can do for your dog is allow her to stay where she is and get yourself another one to love.

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