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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
The recourse here unfortunately is to go to court. In order to get the dog back, you have to be able to prove to the judge that the dog belongs to you. Bringing paperwork showing that the dog is a trained service animal should help. You may also need medical records from your doctor to prove to the judge that you need the dog.
Small Claims Court judges unfortunately cannot order the return of property. You could sue for the cost of getting another service animal and see if he chooses to return the dog instead of paying you. (And you could also seek punitive damages, because stealing someone's service animal is incredibly low.) But if you would prefer to get the dog back, there are a couple of things you could try:
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