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I am very sorry for your situation. In Florida as in most states, pets are considered "items." As such, at this point, you and her both have rights to the same item (i.e. the dog) and cannot agree on who receives the dog.
This would be a matter for small claims court
. Please see here
Now, small claims court only hears monetary claims under $5,000, so someone in your situation may wish to file said claim and state that she is holding the dog, worth $____, which rightfully belongs to you.
Then, the Court will hear the matter and make a decision based on both parties' testimony
. A lot of times, a LETTER threatening to file suit does the trick, and will have the other party release the item (i.e. the dog, in this case) to avoid litigation
Please let me know if you need a sample of such a letter.
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