Colorado Springs, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: How can I get my puppy back if he was stolen from me?

January 31st so 6 weeks ago and 2 days my puppy was stolen out of my back yard at first I thought he ran out but a few weeks later one of the people who was watching out for my puppy found a girl who had posted him on her snap chat storey. So I was all like ok I will text her she lied and said that that was her dog and gave me the adress of who she saw had him I went to that house and it was my nabors adress all of them said she has him and it was pretty obvious she has him I got a police officer involved but at the time I did not have her adress now I do I have picture proof that I was looking for him a week after he was missing because I made a report on the humain socity I have a picture of the email they sent.I have a picture of the night I got him I have a few pictures of him and videos of my dog I also have the contact information of the people I got him from who said they can back me up on them giving him to me I strongly think I can prove he is mine. Do you think its possible?

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Yes, call the police again and ask them to go to the address and bring the puppy back. If the person won’t cooperate, tell the police officer you want to press charges. If the police won’t get involved, then you will have to sue to get your puppy back.

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Englewood, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Gather up all the proof you have that the puppy is yours (where did you get him from, any vet records, a registered microchip would be great, photos, videos, witnesses) The police may only get involved if your puppy is worth enough for them to file misdemeanor or felony theft charges so keep that in mind.

If they won’t help, I’d reach out to local media/problem solvers before either trying to file your own replevin lawsuit or hiring a lawyer because those suits are extremely complicated and time consuming. I’ve filed many, gone all the way to trial on several and it’s costly to hire someone who knows what she’s doing.

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