My mom surrendered my dog. can I get him back if I paid for him ?
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The legal answer may depend on whether or not you are over 18. You need to go to the humane society immediately and notify them in person and in writing about this issue and see if you dog has been adopted. As a practical matter, if you live in parent's home and they are not willing to care for your dog in your absence, you need to figure out a long term solution. As you have discovered the hard way, you cannot just buy a puppy, bring it home, and assume your parent will care for it without some sort of agreement.
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Probably not. It appears that your mom had "apparent authority" to surrender the dog. You might be able to sue your mom for the value of the dog. However, that will not improve your family situation.
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