Lake George, NY asked in Animal / Dog Law, Family Law and Civil Litigation for New York

Q: Who gets the dog and what are my rights?

A friend and I have been sharing a dog for about 2 1/2 years. She originally got the dog but I mainly takr care of the dog. I watched the dog more, trained, groomed him. She moved quite often and the dog was alone which is how I ended up with the dog so much. I would watch the dog for months at a time and all she would ask is how's the dog. Her son had a birthday party and I asked him (via text) because I was dropping off the gifts for the birthday party if she wanted the dog to attend the party . She said no because the dog is too hyper. I asked her if she was home so I can bring the dog she didn't want to because she wanted to get drunk and her excuse is she has to work in the morning. The dog is registered in my name. Both of our names is listed on the vet but I pay for majority of the Bill's. She lives in a house with her brother with a fenced in background so she has means to care for the dog but dont want the responsibility. She only wants the dog when it convenient for her.

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

A: It sounds like you both potentially can claim ownership. However, based upon what you indicated, you probably have a stronger claim. The two of you can agree who is the true owner through a written agreement. If not, the Courts may have to decide for you if there is a dispute in the future.

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