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sorry to hea what has happened.
No you do not have the right to keep the dog, it is not yours to keep. The dog was not abandoned, the owner was in prison, not her choice.
If you did not want to look after the dog, then you could have called the REPCA or a local dog charity to give it to them. You chose to look after it, sorry but she is entitled to her dog back. You,can charge her for food, vets bills etc.
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I understand the dog her become attached, but the agency has no legal power to tell you,not to give it back. Only a court can do that.
Only at court.You could give the person a bill for the cost of the food and. Era bills etc and say she needs to settle that before considering having the dog back. Also advice her youmhave spoken to the agency and they don’t want her to have the dog back and would take acting against her if she does, that might focus her mind and leave the dog with you where it is happy.
Keeping someone’s dog can be seen as theft.