William John Light's answer If she gave you the dog, as in gifted it to you, it's yours. However, it seems that you agreed to care for the dog while your friend was in need, and then return it. Spending money on the dog, for which you offered to care, doesn't make it yours.
It seems that the veterinary care might be beyond the scope of what you offered, though. If you don't want to spend the money, then either contact the friend and return it, or surrender it to Animal Control.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer He would have to sue you in small claims court and win to get her from you. Its possible he could call the police but they likely won’t get involved. You have a strong defense against his claims of Ownership, especially if the dog never lived with him and always lived with you.
William John Light's answer It's not illegal. They didn't break any law. However, the school doesn't own the sidewalk or have authority to control it. The school could call Animal Control and report you for suspected animal cruelty. No idea whether that would be meritorious but the point is, the school could take that action; and/or even expel your child since you are apparently disturbing parents and adults on the sidewalk outside of school. That wouldn't be illegal, either.
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer If they were to sue you, they could only recover their damages. For a mongrel, with little or no monetary value, damages would be next to nothing. And no, you can't just refuse to give the dog back, assuming they had agreed you could keep it for a while but not own it. So your best course of action would be to demand that they sign it over to you in return for your "fostering" it.
Juliet Piccone's answer I'm sorry you are experiencing this, but it's not a simple issue. You need to talk to someone who handles these cases a lot, which I do. It pays to hire someone experienced, so please consider paying for a consultation with me. Free consultations are usually worth what you pay for them; nothing!
Kristen Thurmond's answer This is not really addressed well in the law and there is not a definitive answer for you. However, please consider that not everyone actively uses social media, the dog may have been stolen and released, or the person may have looked for the dog and given up hope. I have met numerous people who lost their pet and despite their best efforts found their pet years later. If the dog was trying to survive on its own when it's never had to before, of course it will be emaciated. Please consider what...
Tammy Lyn Wincott's answer It sound like your best option is to find another place to live where you can enjoy the company of your dogs. Remember that it is your parents' home and it should be respected as anyone else's, i.e. do not let the dogs cause damage, etc.
T. J. Jesky's answer Since 2011 a ban has been placed in Illinois on owning chimps and monkeys. Monkey owners who purchased their pets before the law went into effect can keep their pets, but no new ones can be purchased legally.
The exception to this new law are monkeys used for therapy or helping disabled people..
Kristen Thurmond's answer This is a late response, but the answer is that only police or animal control can take the dog. They are granted authority by the city, county, or state to do so. You should report severely malnourished or emaciated pets any time you see them.
Kristen Thurmond's answer This would be considered abuse by almost any city ordinance more than likely and it probably violates a state statute, as well. If it happens or you see the trap out with poison, contact local police or animal control to make a report.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer I am sorry to hear of your situation. Your question was listed for patents (inventions). You may have meant paRents but that is not a category.
You may want to post the same question under Family law or Elder law as this is a question of intervening when a family member may not be competent to take make decisions and others need to act on that person's behalf.
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