She Looked After Her Neighbor’s Dog for Months, Claimed It, but Now The Neighbor’s Back with a Demand

A woman recently refused to return the dog she had been dog-sitting for her neighbor after her neighbor ignored all her communication attempts and returned months later than planned. Here’s what the dog lover had to say on the issue.

Getting Along with the Neighbor

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She had a casual relationship with her neighbor Sally. They helped each other sometimes with small things like picking each other’s packages, but they weren’t close friends.

Her Neighbor Needed a Dog Sitter

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A while back, Sally asked her for a favor. “Many months back she had approached me and asked if I’d be willing to help watch her dog for her while she was on vacation,” she said.

She Agreed to Help

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She knew that Sally had taken in a stray dog recently and the dog never had any issues. Since she already had a dog that was familiar with the neighbor’s dog, she said “Sure.” Plus, Sally said she would Venmo her money for the dog food and care.

The Neighbor Didn’t Come Back

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But surprisingly, Sally didn’t return for her dog when she was supposed to. She waited for a few days and then went to Sally’s house. Luckily, she met with Sally’s brother who said Sally did not go on any vacation but had moved back to her home county.

She Got Worried

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She had agreed to watch the dog for two weeks, which Sally paid for. But after a month, she couldn’t contact Sally, so she became concerned. She tried to reach out to her, but Sally clearly ignored her. Plus, Sally had been posting on social media, so she didn’t seem to be in danger.

The Dog Was Fine

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Eventually, she took the dog to the vet. The dog was healthy and the vet said the dog wasn’t microchipped. Since Sally had left and wasn’t taking care of the dog, she decided to keep it. She took ownership because she had been caring for it.

The Neighbor Came Back

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Suddenly, Sally returned and said she wanted the dog back, but she refused. “At that point, I said no. I had been paying for the dog’s upkeep and he was now part of my family,” she said.

She Refused to Give Her the Dog

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She told Sally that she never responded to her messages and left the dog for months. She said Sally lost her right to the dog, especially since the dog was not registered or microchipped. The vet also said Sally would have a hard time proving she should get the dog back.

Was She Wrong for Refusing?

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Her boyfriend felt she was wrong because technically, the dog was Sally’s first pet. They were now arguing about who owned the dog. She didn’t know if she did the right thing by keeping the dog. She wasn’t sure due to her boyfriend’s reaction.

People Responded

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One Redditor said, “I’ve heard of similar disputes to this one, and Sally would not even be able to claim ownership since (the woman) has proof of payments for food and vet bills and everything else for SEVERAL months.”

A second agreed, “Legally, she’s in the clear. The dog is her’s now.”

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