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

Q: How can I get my dog back? :(

Me and my husband were homeless a year and a half ago and in the process of going to a shelter. We asked my husbands aunt to keep an eye on our dog until we got back on our feet. She agreed. And then she gave our dog away without informing us. She didn’t inform us until we showed up there and my dog was gone. She wouldn’t tell us who had her, but we recently found out. My dog is microchipped under my name and everything. Help me? How do I go about getting her back.

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

A: You can possibly sue this person in replevin. I would talk to an animal attorney in NY, though, because in CO, once the dog is given to a good faith third party purchaser, the law protects that person and it is almost impossible to get the dog back.

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