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We were deciding whether to rehome r dog we got in contact

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Hi. We were deciding whether to rehome r dog we got in contact with a rescue they put us through to someone who then come round to see her ask to borrowed her for 15mins then never turn back up with her we phone the rescue back up and they said he could have her. But I have not sign any paperwork transferring ownership and every time I phone asking for my dog all I get is shes not mine anymore
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
Rescues do not normally borrow dogs? How did this come about?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The rescue put us in contact with someone who then come round to see the dog then took her and never come back the rescue run by 1 person I just want to see if I can do anything to get her back
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Well, it turns upon whether this was a rehoming or just a loan.
However much our dogs mean to us, they are property like any other item. The dog belonged to you and if you gave it to this person then he cannot be retrieved. If it was a loan then he can.
I think probably that they are saying this was a rehoming and that would probably be accepted. It has all the hallmarks of a rehoming. Rescues do not usually facilitate dogs upon loan although it does depend what you agreed.
From what they have said they quite clearly take the view this was a proper rehoming.
You can make an application to court for a declaration of ownership and a consequent possession order. That isn't particularly cheap but I know that dogs are incredibly important to people.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is that the only way I can do how much
will it cost??
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
How much roughly will it cost
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Usually around £200 to issue and a further £155 for the contested hearing.

the risk is that he will instruct solicitors and if you lose the bill will be in the low thousands.