Bowling Green, KY asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky

Q: Do I have legal right over a neglected Snake as a Minor?

My Uncle, Aunt, and Cousin arrived with a Cornsnake when they came to live with us. He had a glass bowl, maybe a twig or two, and that was it. His tank is pretty small for his size, I think, and he didn't even come with a heatlamp. I've been taking care of him for a while and none of them even ask about him. We're planning to move to North Dakota, and my Mom said I basically own the Snake now because they have definitely left his care up to me for way over a month. At least 4 months they haven't even asked about him, held him, or bought him food. I am turning 16 this year and I'm wondering if this means I have legal right to take the Snake with us to North Dakota? And as I mentioned, we all live in the same house at the moment, so does it still count as an abandoned pet?

(Btw, he has a heat lamp now so no worries about the cold temperatures.)

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Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: You do not but your mother does. She can take the snake with you to North Dakota.

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