Texarkana, TX asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas

Q: Is it pet abandonment if said to boarder I'll be paying end of Feb n picking up was told by cop it's a civil matter

Was told by boarding lady she was gonna turn me in for pet abandonment if I don't pay and pick up dog by Feb 14th I talked to a local cop here n he said if she's refusing to give u said dog until it's paid then it's not abandonment it is considered a civil matter she said I agreed to a waiver which I did not so is it really pet abandonment or is it a civil matter

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Saying you will pay at the end of February isn’t pet abandonment.

Refusing to pick up your pet and pay for past boarding as requested probably gives the boarder the right to take your pet to the local animal shelter unless you have a written agreement that requires the boarder to keep your pet until the end of February.

If you signed something you don’t recall, any written contract you signed could affect your return receipt rights.

Your best option is to pick up your pet, pay for past boarding, and move your pet to a new boarding facility.

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