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I have read your comments, but am not exactly sure what your legal question is?
Yes, if you just gave it to the other person to take care of temporarily, but never actually gave the dog as a gift to the person, then you are still the legal owner. In order for there to have been a gift made, there would have to have been the intent on your part to forever terminate any ownership of the dog. Based on your comments, it sounds like this was a temporary arrangement until you could get your own place.
That makes this a "bailment" where the person is just holding your personal property (i.e. the dog) until you reclaim it.
If the person won't return the dog to you, your recourse here is to file suit under a breach of contract claim for "conversion", which is the wrongful keeping of the property of another. A judge should issue an order for the person to return the dog to you.
But this isn't a criminal case, it is a civil one, since you voluntarily turned the dog over to the person. So the police can't help here and your recourse is to file a civil suit in small claims court as this would be something that would be handled there.
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