Winder, GA asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Georgia

Q: My ex husband stole my dogs out of spite and gave them to an animal shelter and they already adopted them out before

I had the chance to reclaim them do they legally have to give me my dogs back or give me the names of the people who adopted them

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

A: I’m sorry for your loss! That is absolutely abhorrent what your ex did.

In Colorado, once a shelter has a dog for 5 days and the dog goes unclaimed during that period, the shelter legally owns the dog. That’s set out my Colorado regulation. You might want to check if that is also the case in GA. That’s said, if the dogs are already with a third party, the shelter is not legally prohibited from giving you the names of the new owners, they just typically do not do that because it would be bad business for a shelter to give out the names of new owners to old owners and then the new owners have a lawsuit on their hands. You can call the shelter and see if they will voluntarily give you that info, but it’s unlikely.

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