Philadelphia, PA asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey

Q: We've been watching a friend's dog for 8 and half months. Can we legally keep him if he wants him back?

It took him 3 or 4 months to even ask about the dog. He's neglectful towards the dog. He doesn't like to walk him. And for as long as we've had him giving him back would probably kill the dog.

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Unfortunately, unless this person gave you the dog, he still has ownership rights, even if he is a crappy owner. If you suspect the owner neglects or abuses the dog, you could always call animal control. Otherwise, your only option to keep the dog is to offer to buy the dog from him. If he agrees, make sure you get the transfer of ownership in WRITING!

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