Clermont, FL asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida

Q: I am being sued by a dogs owner who gave dogs to her neighbor who gave them to me.

Should the owner sue me, or the person she gave the dogs to? I am willing to give back the dogs, I've had them 8 months , understood they needed a forever home, I fed them, got shots update, last shots in 2016. Her children are in foster care for abandonment by her. she lives in a shelter, the dogs will live there in cages. Should I be sued and have a judgement against me on my credit report also? first hearing the judge says the dogs are property and no one had the right to give them to me. I arranged for her to pick them up but she is a bit mental and never showed. Now there is a final hearing, with me and co=defendant that gave me the dogs. I asked I at least be reimbursed for vet bills as one of the dogs had an ear infection. the judge says it is not part of this case. She claimed indigent status, just got her green card, she is not charged any filing fees. I can't afford a counter suit.

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The owner was probably correct in suing both of you. You should attend the final hearing and explain that you arranged to deliver them to her but that she failed to show up at the meeting.

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