|Barked: Wed Nov 30, '11 11:12am PST |
Apparently at the time,as I said it's been about 10 years,Florida did have rules that no dog going through their shelter system could be removed from the shelters jurisdiction in order to ensure that proper follow-ups could be done and to do so the dog had to stay in Florida. I don't know if those rules applied to rescues. I only know what happened in this case. Removing the dog from the state of Florida was a violation of the adoption contract which from the copy my mother was able to obtain stated something to the effect that if for any reason the adoptor could not keep the dog it was to be returned to the shelter for re-homing. The adoptor had no right under the contract to re-home the dog at all,let alone remove it from Florida. As I said I don't know what current law there is,but before adopting from Florida or another state I would certainly check into it.
I would guess that just as other contracts are enforceable this one was as well. I'm guessing that since the person who gave my mother the dog,signed the contract,that the dog since the contract stated the shelter would take the dog back for rehoming if the adoptor couldn't keep it,when they gave the dog to my mother,thus giving up custody the dog once again became the property of the shelter,which would give them the right to have it returned. I'm guessing the shelter retained specific rights to protect the dogs in it's system from being abused or adopted to be used for purposes other than being a family pet such as someone going in and over a period of time adopting dogs the reselling for research. If I were considering adopting either through shelter or rescue,from another state I would want to read the contract carefully and make sure I wasn't doing anything that violated either my state or the state I was adopting from's laws. If anyone does know of a change in the law in Florida please advise as I don't want to pass on incorrect information. Thanks!!
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