Cranston, RI asked in Animal / Dog Law for Massachusetts

Q: My sister was given a dog to foster in 2016, the owners later gave the dog to us. My sister moved out.

- my sister moved out and left the dog to me. I then moved out due to family problems. And they dog is still there. I come by regularly and see the dog. I want to take her back from my Grandmother and I feel like there might be some issues. What could I possibly do about this situation? The place I'm moving to has much more space for the dog and I'll be able to care for her better than she is being taken "care" of right now living with my grandmother.

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Joanne Belasco
Joanne Belasco
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: I can't give you legal advice on your exact situation because you aren't my client. Generally speaking, a dog is considered property in Massachusetts. That means someone has to show they own the dog in order to take that dog away from someone else. In dog cases, it's usually easier if the people can talk about what is best for the dog and agree on that solution. If you have further questions, feel free to email me at

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