I had an injury this summer and have been hiring dog walkers to care for my pooch. I started looking for a foster for him closer to me in ny but my brother insisted on taking him off my hands. After sometime, I began to miss my dog and since he is not good with small children, I asked my brother to return my dog to me. Now he refuses to give the dog back claiming that I am an unfit owner due to the fact that I have a disability. But I had trained my dog to be a service dog to me and I believe that having raised my dog on my own for 5 yrs, I have done a great job raising him.
Does my brother have the right to keep my dog from me based on the fact that I am disabled? I have also committed to having him fostered and retrained, and I thought it was the owner who had the final say.
Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
Animals are a form of property under the law. If this were a ring instead of a dog, the answer would be apparent. The dog is yours. The problem will be getting it back.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
Your brother does not have the right to keep your dog. You may have to sue to get the dog back.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
No, your brother should not be able to keep the dog. If necessary, contact the police and report the dog as stolen by your brother. If the police cannot help you get your dog back, contact a civil attorney for further legal action against your brother.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
Sue your brother in small claims court unless the dog is worth more than $ 3,000.
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