Detroit, MI asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio

Q: My step daughters, Friends mother had contacted us to take her dog because they were moving into a new apartment.

She gave us all of the dogs items including shot records and past vet receipts, bowls, toys and even a jersey they had bought her. She wrote us the other day ( 5 months after giving her to us) stating she wants the dog back and there must of Been a misunderstanding because she wanted us to foster her till she could have a dog? Fostering was never even mentioned to us. She claims she told my step daughter it was to foster ( which my Step daughter says was never mentioned). I told her no that we were not giving the animal back and now she says she will take us to court. I have already registered the animal in our county and got a dog license for her in our name. If she takes us to court, how likely is it that she will win? She stated she would pay us for any expenses we in cured while having her but its not about money. She is now bonded with my other dog and a major part of our family and my 10 year old daughter loves her so much.

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Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Worthington, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Her likelihood of winning is strongly based on whether she has any communications that state it was a foster situation. See if you can pull up any communications regarding the initial transaction (exchange).

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