Going to court for a pet?

XNine

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Here are the facts:
-My ex and I of 3 years raised a Golden Retriever named George.
-She bought him 1 year before we got together. However, the money was never taken from ehr bank account (the bank screwed up).
-We lived together for nearly 1 1/2 years, in which time George lived with us in our apartment.
-We split in May or June of this year.
-George has stayed with her ever since, and has had brief stays with me.
-He is a large golden that should be about 80 lbs, he actually weighs over 110+.

I am concerned with how she is feeding him and not exercising him. Before I moved out, for about a month and a half, I ran every night with him about 1/2 mile. But was taking him on long walks before that.

Can I take her to court for mistreatment of George and get custody of him?
 

Sdashiki

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Aug 11, 2005
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Behind the lens
he is god's dog.

you cant sell god.


ps: this is a play on words

I dont like my neighbor's treatment of their dog, not that they beat em or anything, but its not my place to say HEY you can feed your dog extra food and get em fat.

Animals barely have rights, and the owner has a right to overfeed the dog.

If the dog got SO fat, his health is in danger, the ASPCA can be called in.

but they usually only deal with dying and starved dogs.
 

pianoman

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May 31, 2006
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unfortunately, i don't think there's anything you can do. it's her dog - she bought it, whether or not the transaction actually went through.

if you are concerned, talk to her about it. otherwise, there's nothing you can do.
 

Ugg

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Apr 7, 2003
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Penryn
Onizuka said:
I am concerned with how she is feeding him and not exercising him. Before I moved out, for about a month and a half, I ran every night with him about 1/2 mile. But was taking him on long walks before that.

Can I take her to court for mistreatment of George and get custody of him?
Unless you can prove actual neglect, it would be very difficult to get custody. Being overweight and not getting enough exercise isn't enough.

You're obviously attached to the dog and that's great but maybe you'd be better off getting a dog of your own. If she saw you with one, maybe she'd be more likely to let you "borrow" George, knowing that you're not bugging her just because you want a dog.
 

e²Studios

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Apr 12, 2005
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Oni,

Court would cost a lot of money once you add up lawyer fees, court fees, and other misc fees and time that it would take to sue her in this fashion.

I am not sure what your state offers, but you may want to look in to mediation instead of taking her to court.

here is a link for more info http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/advice/19990630c.asp

Again, not sure if this would work for you in your situation but just a suggestion.

All the best to you,
Ed