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Good afternoon,I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
This seems like a very crucial matter for you, and your questions and issues suggest that an in-depth conversation might best suit your needs. If you are interested, for a very nominal charge I can offer you a private phone conference as opposed to continuing in this question and answer thread which is searchable and viewable by the public.Let me know if you don't want a call and I will be happy continue here with an answer for you.Either way, whether I call you or not, in order to give you a clear and concise answer, I will need some additional information about the circumstances, please.1. Does the complaint state why he thinks that you owe him $1500?
2. Has he previously either asked for the dos to be returned or for the payment of $1500?
Thanks in advance,Doug
I won't be able to assist you if you are not able to provide the minimal information I sought clarification on. Please get back to me with this information at your earliest convenience.Doug
Alright, I understand now.
As he was the one who asked you to care for his animals, you had every right to ask him to cover the expenses including food a veterinary care. So, he will succeed in getting his animals back. I see no basis for his asking for the money and I don't expect the court to grant him any money but rather just the return of the dogs.
What you will want to do is to counter sue him in small claims court and ask the court to award you all costs of food and medical care that you expended for the animals during the time that you have cared for them at his request. I would expect the court to award you that money in a money judgment. You will need to bring in some proof of what you have spent so be sure to get receipts from the vet that you took them to for the shots. You can estimate the cost of the pet food.
You may reply back to me using the Reply link and I will be happy to continue to assist you until I am able to address your concerns, to your satisfaction.I hope that I have been able to fully answer your question. As I am not an employee of JustAnswer, please be so kind as to rate my service to you. That is the only way I am compensated for assisting you. Thank you in advance.I wish you and yours the best in 2016,Doug
You do not need a lawyer for this small claims court case and as I said, I don't see the court ordering you to pay him damages. I do see them requiring you to return the animals to him.
It costs you nothing to answer the lawsuit and defend yourself. And if you want to counter-sue for the cost of the food and vet care you have paid for, you will pay only a $53 filing fee for the counter-suit. It is not an expensive process you are facing and will not take up that much of your time.
I understand that you love these animals and that you are a good dog-mom to them. However, the fact remains that they are the legal property of your ex and they will have to be returned to him unless you can somehow prove that he gave them to you as a gift, and not simply so you could take care of the dogs for him for a period of time.
You may reply back to me using the Reply link and I will be happy to continue to assist you until I am able to address your concerns, to your satisfaction.Please remember to rate my service to you so that I can be compensated for helping you. Thank you in advance.I wish you and yours the best in 2016,Doug
Good afternoon,Do you have any additional questions that you would like me to address for you?In case you would like a phone call to further discuss these issues you have raised, my offer is still open to you. You are certainly not obligated to accept a call offer, but many people do find it helpful for clarification purposes, as well as to allow them to ask additional questions.As I have provided you with the information you asked for, would you please now rate my service to you so I can be compensated for assisting you?Thanks in advance,Doug
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