Brooklyn, NY asked in Animal / Dog Law for Massachusetts

Q: I recently purchased a dog from someone who split with their ex & dog was left behind. Ex wants dog back. My options?

Person I bought the dog from said her ex didn't tell her he was coming back for dog. He now wants dog back after he found out she was sold.

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Joanne Belasco
Joanne Belasco
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: While I can't speak to your specific situation unless you are a client, I can say that animals are considered property in Massachusetts. That means someone has to show ownership, whether it's by a title or some other means, in order to own a dog. For example, if it's a car, there is an actual title that shows ownership. A dog is a little more difficult. Some things that show ownership are microchip records and vet records. If you want to discuss your specific situation, feel free to email me to set up a consultation.

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