Omaha, NE asked in Animal / Dog Law for Nebraska

Q: My late fiance and I shared a dog, is there anyway his mom can take the dog?

We got the dog when his uncles dog had puppies. We didn't pay for the dog and she has always lived with me. I have had the dog since he passed away, almost 2 years ago. I'm looking into licensing her, I'm not sure if she already is or not. I just want to make sure that there's no way his mom could try and take the dog from me, since we weren't married she got a lot of my fiances things. The dog means a lot to me, she is what little I have left of my fiance.

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Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
  • Omaha, NE
  • Licensed in Nebraska

A: In Nebraska, a dog is personal property, just like any item in your home. Unless there are ownership papers that someone else owns the dog, the person who the dog lives with is generally the dog's owner. If the dog has ownership papers in one person's name but has lived with another person for an extended period of time, there may be a dispute as to who legally owns the dog.

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