Dear JACUSTOMER - Technically you can sue in KY but the proper venue is NJ and if the defendant files a motion for improper venue it will likely be granted. The additional problem of suing in KY is that in order to collect you will still have to file the case in NJ so it becomes a double effort whereas if you simply file in NJ then the judgment will be there and you can proceed to collect. I would assume this will be a small claims case and you will not need an attorney. You can file everything by mail however if the case does not get resolved you will at least have to travel there for a trial.
She can't keep the dog and not pay however there could be an issue of damaged goods where she would have the option of returning the dog to you. Either way you have an excellent case to either get your money or a return of the dog..
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