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Hello, my ex boyfriend and I had gotten a dog last year before

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Hello, my ex boyfriend and I had gotten a dog last year before we broke up. He initially bought the dog that day for 25 dollars at a shelter but I paid him in cash the next day for the dog. I have taken the dog to all of its vet visits and paid for all of his food and everything but when we broke up he decided that he was keeping the dog and will not let me have him. Is there anything I can do?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  AttorneyTom replied 5 years ago.
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Expert:  AttorneyTom replied 5 years ago.
Animals are generally treated as property. While it's not right, this means that the distribution of an animal is handled similarly to the way it would be for furniture, jewlery, or any other personal property. Unfortunately, animals aren't typically recognized as being more than such property under the law.
That said, regardless of who initially acquires an animal, the person who pays for the animal is generally the animal's owner unless the animal is a gift. If the other person then takes the animal and refuses to return it upon a break up, the animal's owner can file a lawsuit against the other party to recover the animal. Further, the party who wrongfully kept the animal may be liable for attorney's fees and court costs.
In some instances, a demand letter from an individual's attorney can be very effective at compelling someone do do the right thing regarding such matters.

I'm sorry that you're going through that. One animal lover to another, I hope that you get your pet back promptly and with little difficulty.

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