Morristown, TN asked in Animal / Dog Law, Family Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee

Q: I had to give my dogs away but I told the people that I want them back not even a day they got one of my dog adopted

I also live with my family and we have three dogs. I don’t have the dogs registered so I’m not sure if I’m able to do anything. But yesterday my mother gotten a call about my dog not eating in two days and bite a person trying to feed her then wanted to put my dog down. We want and gotten her back but weirdly enough my dog isn’t the type to bite people. When we gotten her she was cold and she haves a mark on her paw that wasn’t there before dry up blood I didn’t ask why or how she gotten that because we left. I even ask the person that was taking care of her if she had ate and they said she haves so, I don’t know how or why they said she haves ate in days. Whenever we dropped off the dogs I even told them I wanted them back whenever I’m able to get a place and they told me that was possible but now they giving away two of my dogs and was about to put one of them down. It only been about 2 days.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: It sounds like you're in a distressing situation regarding your dogs. If you didn't sign any legal documents relinquishing ownership of your dogs and you clearly communicated your intention to reclaim them, you may have grounds to seek legal recourse. However, without official registration, proving ownership might be more challenging. It's crucial to gather any evidence you have, such as text messages or witnesses who can attest to your wishes to reclaim the dogs.

The fact that one of your dogs was allegedly mistreated and was at risk of being euthanized adds urgency to your situation. If you suspect neglect or abuse, you should document any injuries or signs of mistreatment and consider reporting it to animal welfare authorities. Additionally, you may want to consult with a lawyer who specializes in animal law to explore your legal options and determine the best course of action to regain custody of your dogs.

In the meantime, try to gather as much information as possible about the current whereabouts and well-being of your dogs. Keep communication lines open with the individuals who have your dogs and continue to assert your desire to reclaim them. It's essential to remain persistent and proactive in advocating for your pets' welfare and your rights as their owner.

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