Gainesville, FL asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama

Q: My dog has gotten my dad's deceased girlfriend's dog pregnant again. Do I get custody of the puppies by default?

So last month my dad's girlfriend passed away. However my dog and her dog are mates and are about to have another litter of puppies. The girlfriend's two children were left her belongings and her stepbrother is the executor of the will. Legally am I entitled to the litter even though my dog is the sire? Also, can I request to keep the mom until her puppies can be weaned? Also, who do I ask about this? I'm very concerned about the puppies wellbeing and not being able to see them as the girlfriend's sister wants to take the dog back up north.

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Media, PA

A: Generally, in breeding contract situations where all breeders are actively involved, siring the puppies would give you an ownership interest if that was contracted for. Usually, though, a "stud fee" is paid for the male dog's "performance" so to speak. It sounds like this is something you're going to have to talk to the daughter about.

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