If you were married to the ex, then it depends on whether the dog was separate property or marital property. If the dog was separate property, then, the ex may keep the dog. If the dog was marital property, then you have a claim to the dog.
In deciding whether property is separate or marital, courts look to many factors surrounding the circumstances of how the dog was received. Because I do no know the exact circumstances, I cannot tell whether...
Doak Willis' answer There are no custody rights to dogs. Either you own the dog or your ex boyfriend does. You state he gave you the money to adopt the dog. Was the money a gift? If so and the paperwork as you claim has your name on it, the dog is yours and you can get it back through a small claims action. If he loaned you the money, you can still get the dog back but you would need to make payments under whatever agreement you had when borrowing the money to get the dog.
Richard Winblad's answer To answer this you will need to review your city or town ordinances. You might also need to review the neighborhood restrictive covenants. If you are leasing review your agreement. If you are breeding dogs review:
Gary Johnston Dean's answer Sorry I didn't see your question earlier. If you live outside the city limits, no tickets unless your dogs cause harm. If you're inside a city limits, it depends on what the city ordinances provide for.
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Doak Willis' answer Anybody can sue anybody else. The question is would your neighbor have a cause of action that wouldn't be tossed out of Court for failing to state a cause of action. Your neighbor could sue but would lose under your set of facts set out herein.
Robert Donald Gifford II's answer It maybe advisable to ask to meet with a police officer to make a report just to document everything that has been happening. Next, you may want to speak to an attorney about getting a civil injunction against him, and maybe even a protective order.
Peter N. Munsing's answer If its a recurrent problem, possibly a class action. The law treats pets like objects.They have a certain retail value, and the value of your pet based on resales for dogs of that age, variety, condition is what youi get--what it meant to you, you don't get.
Peter N. Munsing's answer Contact your homeowners. Follow their advice. You have a defense so I wouldn't worry. Tell that person they should contact the dog warden so hopefully they can identify the owner.
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