My ex and I had a dog together. We ended our relationship over a year ago but the dogs micro-chip is still registered under her name. I’ve always been the primary caretaker for the dog. My ex has now moved out of state to SC, since the dog is registered under her can she come take the dog back... Read more »
Probably not. Pets are considered property under Pennsylvania law, just like a table, lamp, etc. If you've paid for the upkeep of the pet for the past year, a court will likely let you keep the pet. If she comes for the pet, you can politely decline her request. At that point, she'll...Read more »
My ex husband and split taking care of a dog weve had for 9 yrs. A birthday gift to me. I let the dog stay at his house because i couldnt find a place that took his breed. I still go after work to take care of him sometimes and take him for a week or two at a time every month as well as the vets as... Read more »
3 puppies where sold to families money was taken now there dogs are in the shelter and the shelter won’t let them come get them or adopt them do they have any legal grounds to fight the shelter the puppies where $1,000s of dollars they’re pure bred chihuahua puppies I have proof of purchase and... Read more »
Ask to meet with the shelter manager and find out why. If they don't satisfy you ask the police if you can file a complaint with them for not giving you your property. Maybe call the state ASPCA first to get an idea of the law regarding shelters.
Car came out from side street when we were already crossing. Struck my dog, I got pulled down backward by the dog leash. I screamed for person to stop. She never looked up. My dog was able to get up an get across street. I ran after her. Person stopped briefly and left. I got make/model/color of... Read more »
Your case can be pursued both criminally and civilly.
With respect to criminal prosecution, it is not your decision whether charges are filed. The local police department that responded to your call and the district attorney for the county in which this incident occurred have complete...Read more »
My wife and I split up and she moved 8 hours away. She took our dog to the local SPCA. When I went to go get her, the employee, who is friends with my ex, stated that the dog has already been adopted and refused to tell me who adopted my dog. I had the money for the adoption in hand but the... Read more »
Courts in PA generally do not get involved in animal custody. Discuss it with the lawyer handling your divorce. Possible if it was known to be jointly owned that the SPCA may have some liability but I don't see it, under the law.
I gave my dog to my uncle to help his wife feel better since she had cancer. I gave it to him under the condition that if they couldn’t take care of her anymore, to give her back to me. A year after she died, he claimed to not be able to take care of my dog anymore and asked to give her back to... Read more »
I doubt you can sue her for theft since your uncle handed the dog over to her. Maybe if you offer to reimburse her for the vet bills she'll return the dog. Since she seems to care enough for the dog to spend a decent amount of money on her, perhaps the nicest thing you can do for your dog is...Read more »
I have now registered the dog in my name. I have paid for his vet bills, food, grooming and dog walking. The dog was his coming into the relationship. Can he come back and take custody of the dog? Or can I claim abandonment and have full ownership?
I think at this point, it's pretty safe to say the dog is yours. If he wants the dog back, let him file a lawsuit against you in small claims court and then he can try to convince the court otherwise. At the very least, if a court would ever order you to return the dog to him, it would only...Read more »
Spend more money than the dog is worth. Fact is if you return to Japan they may not allow the dog in, and vice versa. Time to realize that this person did something wrong and just remember the vet bills are now all his responsibility.
We didn't know we were only permitted 1 ADA dog so we ask this couple a week ago to watch her until things changed. Well they did and we were granted permission for her. Now they refuse to give her back. Even though we hold the receipts to her and her akc paperwork.
I live in the country (rural/farm land area - see location). My neighbor lets his dogs run loose constantly. I've let him know that under PA Dog Law he is required to keep his dogs "under his control - at ALL times" yet, he still allows them to run loose stating South Shenango... Read more »
Pennsylvania does not recognize any "custody" of pets. In Pennsylvania, pets are property - just like a lamp or a sofa. If two people want to fight over a pet in court, one will get it and the other won't - and a judge will decide who if you two can't.
My roommate became very attached to one of my cats and even helped with raising both cats since they were kittens but I was still their primary caretaker. I also have documents saying that I adopted both cats from an animal shelter and my name is on the vet bills as well. The stolen cat is... Read more »
The question of ownership is the key one here. It sounds like you have some good evidence in your favor on that point. Depending on how much value you place on the cat- you could hire an attorney to write a demand letter for you. The eventual suit in Maryland District Court would be for detinue-...Read more »
Under Pennsylvania divorce law, pets are considered property, like furniture or anything else in your house. If you two can't agree who gets the dogs, a court certainly will -- just like it would distribute any other pieces of marital property. There will be no "custody" order for...Read more »
Have you discussed this with your lawyer? How were the dogs acquired? Did you purchase the from a breeder or a store? Did you adopt them from a rescue? Are you the one who took them to the vet? Usually, under any of these circumstances, there's a name listed as the new owner. Honestly, the...Read more »
I've been taking care of my sister's dog for over a year since she passed away. Her husband moved out and took everything he owns except the dog. He never said anything to me,(as we are not on speaking terms) but he expressed to another family member that he was leaving the dog with me... Read more »
I'm not quite sure there's a good answer to your question but here's what I think. Unless the dog is a pedigree with papers, whoever adopted/bought the dog originally would be considered the original owner. In my experience, when people then give the dog away, unless it's to a...Read more »
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