Q: If someone's been watching my dog while I look for a new place, old one sold. Can they try and keep my dog
Long story short my apt building sold and with pandemic now and everything it's been hard finding a place. One that expects pets and I can afford. But now the person who has been watching my dog is trying to steal them from me because they have grown attached and wanted their own dog now. Can they just take my dog?
A: You should ask for your dog back and find someone else if you still do not have a place. If this person refuses, you should not wait to take legal action. Dogs and other companion animals are still considered property in Massachusetts, so the person will have to return your dog to you unless the court finds that you have abandonned or abused the dog. Whether a court would order this person to return your dog depends upon your agreement. The more you can show that your agreement was for this person to care for your dog ONLY while you found a place, that the pandemic prolonged your ability to take the dog back, that you had regular contact with this person and your dog, and any monies or care that you provided during this time, the more likely you are to have the court order the dog be returned to you.
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