If this was a chattel (vase, car, whatever) which cannot be divided into three, and if you cannot agree on who gets it, then it gets sold.
The situation with an animal is somewhat different because there is actually no benefit from the animal, only a burden and although I have only ever taken animals from rescue, I don’t know if they charge for taking in animals in circumstances like this. If they did, then it would be for the 2 reluctant sisters to fund that cost if the other one was willing to take on the burden of the dog.
I cannot think why for one moment they object to you having a dog albeit that it was your mother’s dog although if this is going to go to court, they’re going to have to come up with a valid reason as to why they don’t want you to have the dog such as they don’t want the memory hanging around.
If you do take the dog against the wishes of the other two, because you are a co-executor, then it’s not theft and the police are not going to be interested and the other 2 executors are going to have to take you to court to get a court order to make you get rid of the dog and give it to rescue. There is going to be a cost involved with that which they may not want to bear.
Can I clarify anything else for you?
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