North Fort Myers, FL asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida

Q: My husband and I were given 3 dogs over the years from a rescue person that was a personal friend. We never signed paper

nor exchanged money. We were given another dog in January that she is now threatening to take back because she and I had differing opinions on Facebook. The dog was given to us at local store that is owned by A

couple who also works with rescues. A picture was taken of the woman from the rescue and me holding our new dog. There were several witnesses in the store who also commented on the post.

The post on the pictures explains how wonderful it was for an animal to be placed in our care. It states my name. We have the picture and the post. In the post it says adopted because she didn't want other adopters who paid money to be upset that she has given us 3 dogs. If she takes us to court what are our rights and what do I have to do to get prepared.

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

A: It sounds like the dog is legally yours, whether you paid money, signed a contract, or not, or were given the dog as a gift. Verbal contracts of donative intent or verbal contracts conveying ownership are just as enforceable as written contracts.

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