Staten Island, NY asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York

Q: Someone gave their dog away do I have to give back if they want it?

I drove to pick a dog being given away due to not be able to take care of it anymore. Now being threathen wanting her back. Then calling me late night then writing apologies they were stress because of the family issues which has nothing to do with the dog or me and said can we be family. Now getting calls being accused of animal cruelty. The dog is in a great place and happy. The ex owners leave in jersey

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

A: If someone voluntarily gave their dog to you, they are not legally entitled to the dog back. That may not stop them from trying.

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