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What was the agreement between the seller and buyer as to when the buyer gets possession of the animal?
How did the buyer get possession of the animal?
Ok, then if he made a partial payment, he isn't really stealing the dog because he did tender partial payment. So that makes this a civil matter where you would be able to sue him in small claims court for the balance due for the dog if he didn't pay the rest of what is owed by whatever time you agreed on.
Ok, then if he has violated the agreement then your recourse is to file a small claims suit against him and ask for "replevin" which is the return of personal property (i.e. the puppy) wrongfully withheld from its rightful owner.