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Surely your husband is also a joint owner though?
The problem with this is that you are not a sole owner. Dogs are property just like anything else however much they mean to us. Dogs that are jointly owned present a real problem.
To recover a dog you would normally seek a declaration of ownership from the county court and a consequent possession order. Since the only order that can be available here is that he is a jointly owned dog the court is likely to order sale and for the proceeds to be divided between the parties. Your husband is likely to resolve that by selling your dog for a pittance to an associate of his, giving you half of a pittance and then recovering the dog himself and returning him to his parents if he chooses.
I'm afraid that jointly owned dogs cannot be recovered normally.
I'm very sorry as I know how much dogs mean to their owners but that is reality.
Can I clarify anthing for you?
Yes, it probably is but plain fact remains that he is a joint owner and the order will only be that he sells and gives you half the money.
It might have been different if you hadn't handed over the dog as he would be with you and they would be the litigators but that did happen.
Yes, I understand.
I'm really sorry but a court is not going to say on these facts that you are a sole owner which is what you need to actually recover him.