Asked in Animal / Dog Law for South Carolina

Q: Whenever my ex and i broke up, he let me keep our dog on the weekends and sometimes during the week

Then out of no where he took the dog from me and refused to let me see him or get him for two years. He went to jail for about two months recently but contacted me before hand and asked me if i could keep our dog while he was in there. Now that hes out, hes wanting to come get the dog. If i dont give the dog back, what can he legally do?

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Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
  • Summerville, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: He would have to file a claim and delivery action in Magistrate Court to force you to return the dog. If you both have an ownership interest in the dog you have just as much right to keep the dog as he does. If on the other hand he can prove that he is the sole owner of the dog then the court would require you to return the dog.

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