Douglas Lee Bryan's answer The question here is ownership. If ownership is an issue, the police don't (and won't) make that determination. You will need to file suit to retrieve the dogs. You need to consult with an attorney to determine your rights and your likelihood of success, along with the cost of doing so. Good luck.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer Why would your ex wife have your dog? If you gave her the dog to watch while you were out of town, she's going to say the dog was a gift. You don't have to change the license with a dog to manually donate the dog to another person. You will have to a small claim suit and it will be a he said/she said before a Justice of the Peace to determine to whom the dog belongs I doubt the Sheriff's Office will be of any assistance.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer Get the old Vet record to prove neglect. Is the dog a purebred or mutt? If a mutt, the worst she can charge you with is theft of $1.25. If a pure bred but spayed, also no monetary value. Tell her if she tries to accuse you of theft, then you will file a criminal charge of neglect.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer You can't leave your pets in someone else's home if they don't want them there. You need to come home immediately and take the 6 felines to the Humane Society since you currently can't care for them. By law you can only have 5 cats in a home. Cats need to be neutered and given shots annually.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer Yes someone can take them to the Humane Society for neglect. Cats need fresh water and food DAILY not weekly. They also need their litter cleaned/changed weekly and shots annually.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer Refuse. Tell her see you in court. Your vet bills are proof she was a gift. Tell former owner if they make a stink, then you will file a criminal complaint of animal cruelty.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer I'm assuming you have a receipt or cancelled check for your original $200. If not, what were you thinking giving anyone more than $20 without a receipt? That being said, yes, your attorney can file a Petition for a Restraining Order. Record her calls, print her emails, screen shot, email and print her text messages, save her correspondence.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer You are being charged because dog owners are absolutely liable for all injuries caused by their pets. As a life long dog owner, I can say, you shouldn't own a dog unless you have a fenced yard and your dog is leash trained. Your dog needs to be current on all his shots or the dog will be put down. You will be civilly sued also.
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