Louisville, KY asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky

Q: Ex-bf and my dog missing 4 mths, all in his name. He died. Just found dog, but person who had her wants to keep her.

I got a dog in 2017 at 8 weeks old with my ex-boyfriend (good terms, shared dog but she lived primarily with him). I purchased her and paid for everything for her, but documents all in my ex's name (including her microchip) as she lived in his house. She went missing end of Nov '22, then he passed away. I found out she was missing when he died, immediately started looking for her. Chip had not been scanned anywhere, no reports at local shelter, FB, or National databases. She showed up 1.5 months into looking, but the man that found her and has had her for ~3 months wants to keep her. Never reported her found, didn't try to find owner, etc. I have hundreds of photos and videos of her since 2017, but all vet visits and chip in my ex's name (I have the chip number though and created the account registering chip). The man is saying he's getting a lawyer to keep my dog. Do I have rights here?

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Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: Yes. It’s your dog. Sue the guy who found her. He has no rights.

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