|Barked: Fri Jan 11, '13 1:55pm PST |
|"I've asked for that several times and nobody will give me a copy. They know who my dog was adopted out to but haven't given a name."
It is highly (and when I say highly I mean highly) likely you will never get a name.
I have never heard of a shelter of any kind giving out personal information on new owners.
Even if you ever get to court I am very sure that information will be kept confidential. I'm not sure why you feel entitled to it. The new family didn't do this to you and don't deserve to be put in the middle.
Not to mention, how do you think that information would even help you? It's not like a year later you could just go to their house and demand they give their dog back to you.
"Pretty much everyone I've talked to about my case including another rescue said I should have gotten a copy."
Yes. Before you ever left the dog you should have obtained a copy. If they didn't want to give you a copy you should have walked out of there with him at the end of a leash and gone elsewhere.
And again, the reason you didn't is going to be your word against theirs.
I don't know of anyone who would have left their dog WITHOUT having received a copy of the terms of your agreement.
I hate to be blunt but I really think your lawyer is just trying to take your money.
"It took one dog owner in Oregon a year to get his dog back, so I see my case as no different."
And the circumstances were EXACTLY the same?
"Just example of how things take time:
In 2006, a journalist did an investigation on a pet store in Miami that was selling sick puppies. After several complaints from customers who all had bought dogs from this store and airing the report on TV, the state D.A. got involved. It took time but the store owners were charged with unfair trade and deceptive business transactions. In 2008 they filed for bankruptcy."
You're comparing apples to orange there.
Someone being charged with a petty crime is going to be zipped through the legal system lickety split while someone up for capital murder prosecution and subsequent appeals can take years and years and years.
You're looking at 2006, and then seeing 2008. 2008 is when they filed for bankruptcy not when they were charged or successfully prosecuted with unfair trade and deceptive business transactions.....which is a COMPLETELY different ball park than what you're charging and have no proof of what this shelter supposedly did.
Do you see the difference there?
I'd truly hate to see you spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on a lawyer who is just stringing you along with false hope.
No one's telling you to give up, you need to do what you need to do to find peace with this in your heart but I think it's also important you be realistic about this.
"I have my dog's registration to prove she's mine."
Registration papers only prove you once owned her, not that you currently do.
Your lawyer should have informed you of that.
"Also, according to what I've read regarding pet law including cases involving the return of a pet, it would take a court order for the shelter or microchip company to release the name of whoever adopted the dog or cat."
This is true - it's called a subpoena.
But you have to have evidence to prove the need for one in the first place.
You brought your dog to a shelter, and then waited a year to try to get your dog back. Those are the hard facts. What you say happened and what they say happened beyond that is all a bunch of hearsay and won't be admissible.
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