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I am afraid once the dog has been gifted and delivered to the family, you cannot force them to give it back unless they agree to do so voluntarily.
You may try and get a replacement dog if possible.
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Have the police taken any action against the new family?
It could help getting the dog back if the police are willing to get involved but you need to bear in mind that you may get a criminal record.
Usually, this would be a civil law matter and like I said, if the family did not have notice, they do not need to give the dog back.
This is a complex area of law and the defences of estoppel or agency may arise. See here for further reading: https://www.netlawman.co.uk/ia/selling-goods-non-owner
Like I said, as this issue involves a dog and not an expensive stolen motor vehicle, it is likely that the family will return the dog if the police are involved and they would not go to court over it.
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