Saint George, UT asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: Negligent breeder gave me wrong dog and wants it back.

Bought a puppy in Colorado. Drove a 1k miles (roundtrip) and they gave me the dog. Two days later they inform me it's the wrong one and want it back. I say no - family already bonded. They then reported the microchip on the dog stolen which is different from the one on the contract.

The dog they gave me was the other brother from the litter. Why they didn't scan it before handover is just plain negligence on their part because dogs look the same. Now they are taking me to small claims court in Colorado. What a mess.

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Media, PA
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: That definitely sounds like an awful mess! It sounds like you’re going to need an attorney to help you fight this because you have some good defenses if it’s in small claims court. You also have some good defenses based on what you described, no matter what court the breeder takes you.

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