New York, NY asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York

Q: My ex purchased a dog while we were together. We broke up and he moved out and left the dog behind for a month now. He

Sent me a text that said the dog would be staying with me. Since then I microchipped and licensed the dog and took him to the vet for his rabies vaccine and for a check up. He has now told me that he has a notarized letter saying the dog belongs to him because he paid for him and he wants him back to mate and then sell him. I said the dog is mine now because he said he would leave him with me but he is threatening to go to court and claim I stole the dog to prove the dog is his even though the dog has been in my care for a month and before that he was never home to care for him. Who will ownership be granted to ?

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Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: In New York, if you go to Court, the judge will decide what is best for all concerned. This is very fact sensitive. The process can take some time and the dog will generally stay where it is until the case is resolved.

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