Asked in Criminal Law for Texas

Q: I went jail for 17 hours. My pup was left with my BF. I got out and now he wont tell me where she is. Can I press charge

The cops confirmed with him that he would take her until I got out. Now I'm out and xant find her . He said he dropped her off at barc but I've looked at all shelters and she isn't there. Now he says my dog is gone but wont clarify. She was 7 and half week old puppy . I have the vet bill for.her first visit. She is to young for a chip and at the the time was to young for her shots. She had an appointment today for those shots . She was a rescue puppy . I want to know if I can presscharges. . Idk if he sold her. Abandoned her. Killed her , !!.I'd! Please help me this happened yesterday !!!

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Roy Lee Warren

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Marcos, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: I appreciate your question. It can be very hard on some people when pets are mistreated, taken or lost.

He could be prosecuted for theft of property (your pet is considered property) but more than likely the prosecution would be unwilling to try to prove that unless you have some proof that he intentionally took or disposed of your pet. Most likely your friend would claim at most he was negligence because the dog "took off". I hope things work out for you.

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