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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. Firstly, I need to ask some initial questions to determine the legal position.
Who has been responsible for the general upkeep of the dog?
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Many thanks for your patience. A dog is considered an inanimate object in law, just in the same way as a car, fridge, etc. If someone is keeping it and not returning it, then it would be difficult to physically force them to return it. In the end, the most realistic outcome from legal action is to get financial compensation up to the value of the dog. Saying that, there is a rather simple option which you may also want to try – if you know where it is being walked you can always go there and call it and if it comes to you, then you are free to take it – it is yours after all. Obviously it is up to you to consider whether that is a viable option and if it is safe to do, considering what your ex may be like