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My ex-partner has decided to keep my dog. I'm the owner. What can I do to get her back? We are in two different states. Please help? Thanks.

1 Answers. Asked on Mar 04th, 2017 on Animal Law - New York
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My ex-partner and I got Bijou for free in a Walmart parking lot. We broke up and I took her with me to New York. I am the owner. I paid for all of her shots, all of her medical bills, she has a primary care physician where she got her rabies tag and gets all of her care. I have purchased all of her food, toys, clothes and provide her shelter.I have her licensed in NY with me. Two months ago, I went on the road with my ex-partner (he's a trucker driver, based in Dallas, Tx) and I brought her with me. I had to come back to NY on 02/19/2017 and had to leave her behind temporarily because I could not afford to bring her with me on the flight. He agreed to meet me to get her back in a few weeks, now he's refusing to give her back because we are no longer in a relationship. I don't know what to do.She's like my child and I need help getting my baby back.
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Answered on Mar 04th, 2017 at 2:47 PM

You need to start an action for replevin, which your ex will be forced to defend in a New York court. The court will consider all the factors involved- who acquired the dog, who spent the most time with theh dog, paid for veterinary care, etc.-  and will likely use the standard of "best interests of all involved" in deciding to whom to award custody of Bijou. 

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