Lindenhurst, NY asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York

Q: My husband or I can not get in touch with the man who is selling is our puppy

My husband went to look at our dog at 4 days old . Decided what one and on a price . He freaked out two weeks ago saying we had to come get her bc of his living situation. Then he was getting help form the neighbors so all five puppies could now stay with the mother . I have reached out to him so has our friend and we have not heard back . They are now 4 and a half weeks old . He wanted us to come get them at 6 weeks if he wanted to have them with the mother for 8 we were okay with that . Now that no one has contact with him and with everyone getting sick we’re nervous will be out on a travel band and won’t be able to get her or he’ll just get rid of them and not contact him . At this point I’m not sure what I’m allowed to do. I’m assuming I have no legal rights because we didn’t have to leave a deposit or get anything in writing

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

A: From what you described, you have no legal rights to the dog. Under New York law puppies should not be sold or adopted out until they are at least 8 weeks old.

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