Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida

Q: My dog was given away without my consent 2 years ago - I have been trying to get her back but they refuse - can I sue?

I bought my dog in 2008 and she lived with my wife and I from 2008-2015. My wife and I split up but on good terms and I left her with my wife to look after her when I had to go to england for medical care in 2016 In 2017 when i returned she had given the dog to her boyfriends dad without my permission or consent behind my back. The dad has refused to return her from 2017 to present and still has my dog and won’t return her. My wife agrees I should have her back and wants me to get her back- if she just takes her back and hands her over to me against his will, would she be breaking the law? Is the dog still legally mine?

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Terrence H Thorgaard

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  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Yes, you can sue for replevin (return of personal property). If your ex simply took the dog from her boyfriend's dad, that wouldn't be breaking the law and probably wouldn't be prosecuted criminally, assuming she can prove it belongs to you.

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