Manchester Township, NJ asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey

Q: 5 month old neglected puppy covered in open sores. Owner wants her back after 5 months..

Acquaintance from my work got a 6mnth old pitbull puppy and didn't tell the landlord. He found out after the dog chewed the carpet and made her get rid of the dog. When we took the dog it had open wounds all over its body and was missing half her fur. After medications and medicated baths and diet change the dog is doing great. Now 5 months went by and the owner has not once come over to see the dog or given us a dime for the dogs food or care and she wants the dog back. She is still living in the same summer rental that the landlord kicked the dog out of which has no backyard and states no pets allowed.I'm pretty sure she wants to sell the dog to get money since she is not working and expecting her 3rd child. We have spent well over 2 grand on the dog to get it better with her specialized diet and medications. The dog is very happy and we absolutely love her. Do i have any legal ground here?

1 Lawyer Answer
Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Greenwood Village, CO

A: She gave you the dog, you accepted the dog, it’s yours. Tell her to go pound sand.

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