Englewood, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: helping ex&kids by letting them stay at my home let my dog of 4yrs stay w kids found out from daughter ex gave dog away!

police animal control said theres nothing they can do ! Have receipts of adoption ,food ,vet care,kenneling and fact that I raised him since a pup! Was helping ex out by letting her and kids stay in my home and she had even bought a cat for company I would have been fine if dog went to oregon and stayed with kids and cat but she gave my dog to her friends who live by me and they will not return my dog and said its not my concern!! Law enforcement are friends with the ppl who have my dog! This is a small town. want my dog back. Just got notice they are trying to change his chip into there name.please help. Wife did this to spite me because I have a new girlfriend! Please help! Been divorced for 7years!!!

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

A: You will need to sue this person in replevin in county court. It is best to do this sooner, rather than later. Report the dog as missing to the chip company, too. You might also want to try calling code enforcement (they handle animal related calls in Englewood) rather than the police.

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Greenwood Village, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: I’m unclear as to what state the people live in that have the dog? Is it Colorado or Oregon? If Oregon you need to contact an attorney there. It’s also unclear how long it’s been since you let exwife have dog and/or how long since she have dog away.

I would recommend you consult with an attorney who only practices animal law who is licensed in the state where you believe the dog is. This is a very complicated area of law. Good luck to you

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