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 ?

Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer
Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz
PREMIUM
Answered
  • 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.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.