Far Rockaway, NY asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York

Q: If I find a dog on the street that doesn’t have owner atm because there’s no posters and a friend went around and asked

And I give it away under the impression there’s no owner and I can’t take care by myself and then the owner pops up the next day and I don’t have it anymore and can’t get it back could I be in trouble I didn’t sell it or anything but I had a family member hold it and they gave it away can I the person who found it be in trouble I did think it was a stray it didn’t have a collar or anything

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Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: It doesn’t sound like anything you did would be considered illegal, reckless or negligent. However, many pets are microchipped and it is best to get in touch with a local pet association to have the best chances of reuniting pets with their owners.

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