Denver, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Colorado

Q: I legally purchased a dog from an animal shelter a year ago. The previous owner somehow got my personal information fro

from the animal shelter, name, phone, address, etc., and has called me wanting the dog back. I clearly said no. He claims his ex wife gave the dog away to the shelter and he didn’t find out until 4 months later. He has since sued me and the animal shelter for custody of the dog. The dog is chipped and all paperwork is in my name as I’ve had the dog for a year. I feel harassed and fearful he will steal my dog if court doesn’t go his way . What recourse options do I have to keep the dog and for my own safety?

2 Lawyer Answers
Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby
Answered
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: You will definitely need to defend yourself in the Court action and prove ownership. WRT your safety I recommend considering a Protective Order. You should contact an attorney to discuss this matter in more detail so that the specific facts of our case can be reviewed and you can receive detailed legal advise RE your rights, remedies, options, risks, how to win in court, what to do if you are harassed or if your dog is stolen, etc.

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

A: The regulation severing ownership from prior owners to the shelters should apply and give you rights. You definitely need an attorney to help you.

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