Irvine, CA asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California

Q: I adopted a dog from a personal rescuer. The dog gave birth to babies. What's the ownership of these babies?

We signed a contract when I adopted the dog. The contract only mentioned that I cannot transfer ownership of the dog. The dog was pregnant before I adopted her and then she gave birth to the babies one month after I signed the contract. I have taken care of them. Now the rescuer insists that the dog is a rescue dog so that the babies belong to her. If I refused to give them to her, it's a breach of contract. What's the ownership of the babies?

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William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: What does the contract say about puppies? If it doesn't say anything, then you probably own them. Ask her to specify the exact provision in the contract that has been breached.

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Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
Answered
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Send the "Rescuer" a bill for your services to "her" dogs. Make it over $1000 for your time and expenses. I bet that cools her ardor. Tell her to sue you for the dogs.

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