How can I protect myself if the person who is giving up the dog is doing so without the permission of a co/owner unbeknownst to me? I have no reason to suspect that this is the situation, but I don't want to take possession of potentially stolen property. What if it's a third party's dog that he is passing off as his own?
My intention is to have the dog fixed. If a someone comes forward as a rightful owner after I've had the dog neutered, can I be held liable for damages, such as loss of income from the dog not being able to sire a litter? Is good faith, a verbal agreement and a handshake good enough?