My mom moved into an apartment that doesn't allow pets. So she asked me if I could care for them while she lived there. It's been six years and she's only been by twice. She has not paid for their vet visits, food, etc. I'm about to move out of state and I want to take the dogs with me but she says I can't. Can I legally take the dogs with me? Because she cannot have the dogs at her current place of living and she has no one else to take care of them.
It sounds to me like she abandoned the dogs. I would just move and take them with me if I were you. If she tries to sue you to get them back, countersue her for all your food and vet expenses PLUS 6 years of boarding at $35 per day for each dog.
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You were given these dogs by your mother and you have cared for these dogs for six years and paid all their expenses and your mother has only come to see them twice. I think it extremely unlikely your mother will take any legal action to seek return of the dogs. Further, six years is a long time and probably long past the statute of limitations for most claims your mother could make. I would agree with Attorney Illmanen's response.
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