So my ex and I lived together, the mother basically gave us the dog when she was moving because she isn’t allowed to have a dog, we split up for about 5 months now, I’ve kept the dog because my ex worked all the time, the dog was better with me, he didn’t have a problem, now months later, he wants to take me to court.. is that possible??
As insensitive as it may sound, animals are still considered property in the eyes of the law. It will depend on the evidence of ownership - meaning how did the mother obtain ownership rights to the dogs, and how did she transfer these right to you and/or your ex. Unfortunately, there is no best interest analysis in regards to pets. While you may be able to bolster your position in regards to how long y'all had the dog together, the time you've had exclusive possession after you've split, and the level of care you've provided during your possession, technically the analysis should be who purchased the dog and how/when that ownership transferred. I would suggest speaking with an Animal Law attorney.
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