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Sorry to hear of the issue.
The law doesn't look at this in a criminal context - you lived with your ex partner and purchased a dog - you have evidence you registered the dog with the vet surgery and you have pet insurance too.
This is evidence of legal ownership for either yourself or both you and the ex.
It is not theft as at the very least you can show joint ownership - in the same way as a car for example (the law treats pets as items in the same way as a car).
It is not theft if you then take the dog - if you are contacted by the Police you just explain the situation and show them proof of insurance though I doubt they will get involved - they are very likely to tell your ex that this is a civil matter only.
If your ex wants to claim sole ownership they have to sue for a declaration from the county court, yes. But they need to show they paid for everything and the court has to make a declaration after assessing the evidence and speaking to both of you.
I hope this helps
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My pleasure thanks
Hi, thanks - I have seen this in another question and it's out of my area so another expert will assist you with it shortly.
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