Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky

Q: I adopted a puppy from a shelter on Saturday today the shelter calls me and tells me the owner wants it back

Turns out the shelter violated the mandatory hold law and let me adopt the stray puppy aftr 3 days at the shelter. I dont want to give it back he is part of the family now and my son adores him and calls him buddy. What do i legally have to do

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Timothy Denison

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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: You can keep the puppy or you can give the puppy back. You are fine either way. The shelter is the one with the problem if they adopted him out too soon. Although, you may want to consider the length of time the puppy had been with the prior owner, how the puppy got loose, and whether your son would be ok with another puppy from the shelter.

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