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I am a solicitor in Scotland. Can you explain your situation a little more?
Thank you for your question. Dog ownership is a matter of fact as a dog is treated as a "thing" in the eyes of the law. That means that a dog can be sold or given away in the same way that you could sell or give away a car. So signing over ownership is really fairly meaningless as you can have a verbal agreement to sell or give away anything (other than houses or land) under Scots law. The microchip does not conclusively prove ownership either although the owner is supposed to advise of a change in ownership as you know. If the holder of the chip certificate doesn't inform the microchip company that doesn't mean that you are not the owner. Indeed the immediate past owner appears to be the person who is unwell and not the holder of the chip certificate. I presume they were deemed joint owners and then she left and he kept the dog so the facts point to him being the owner and he seems happy to give you the dog. That is likely to be the reason that the chip company could transfer to you off their own back if you like unless a claim is made. My view is that that last owner of the dog gave the dog to you via his vet, initially as a foster carer and latterly gave you ownership. I would sit tight and if there is no claim made by the ex girlfriend I would reapply for a chip transfer. Happy to discuss. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.
It would be up to her to raise action for the dog. You have possession.