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Customer: ***** *****, my dogs.
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Customer: I work on commercial ships and lived with my two dogs and GF in Charleston. SC until I left for work on December 5th. She moved out of my house sometime between Dec 7-14th and took my dogs with her. I'm not sure of the day as we are not really speaking with each other. Obviouly it was a sudden break up not planned. I purchased the dogs, both are registered under my name as the owner, paid 99% of medical bills, food etc and take care of them with my GF when I'm home.
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Customer: Last communication with my GF, I asked if my hosue was locked up, where my car keys were and when my family could pick my dogs up, She replied, House is locked up and I have the spare key. I would be happy to mail it to however you need me to. Just let me know the address. You are not getting the dogs. You can send someone down here if you want, but it will be a wasted trip, because they will be escorted off my property by the law.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

Thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

I am sorry that you are having this problem. I understand how frustrating and upsetting this is when your dogs have been taken from you. The good news is that you should be able to get the dogs back. Under SC law dogs are considered property, and they belong to the person who purchased them.

The bad news is that law enforcement is not going to be of much help. You can call them and file a theft complaint, but they liekly are going to tell you that this is a civil matter. It isn't but the police do not like getting involved in these situations. That is not to say you shoud not contact them. You should go to the local police department and file a written complaint of theft. This will help you get this on record.

As for the most important thing, you will need to sue this woman to get your dogs back. You can sue her (without an attorney) in small claims court. The local court will have the forms that you need. You will have to pay filing and service costs, but they should be awarded to you by the court.

Once you get your judgment ask the court for an Order that directs the sheriff to seize the dogs. You will take that to the sheriff who will then seize the dogs from her and return them to you.

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Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 1 year ago.

You can use the following link to get some of the forms you will need:

http://www3.charlestoncounty.org/docs/magistrates/forms.html

Good luck.

Kind regards,

Gerald