A Woman Is Heartbroken After Her Neighbor Returned After Several Months of No Contact and Now Demands Back the Dog She Left

A woman recently found out that her neighbor, who had disappeared for months, had returned and now wanted her dog back. The dog she had asked the woman to take care of. Here’s what she had to say.

The Neighbors Got Along

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The woman said, “My neighbor Sally and I got along fine enough and would help each other with small things sometimes, but we weren’t close enough to be friends or hang out. Many months back, she approached me and asked if I’d watch her dog for her while she was on vacation.”

Her Neighbor Needed A Dog-sitter

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Many months ago, Sally approached the woman and asked if she would be willing to help watch her dog for her while she was on vacation.

The woman was aware that her neighbor had taken in a stray dog only a few weeks prior, but she immediately agreed because there had been no issues up to that point.

Sally Didn’t Return

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The woman already had a dog and so was familiar with them. Sally told her she would send over any money needed for food and care.

On the day Sally was due to return from her vacation, she didn’t come back for the dog.

The woman waited a few days before going to her house, where she met her brother, who explained that Sally had moved back to their home county.

The Woman Got Anxious

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The woman had been paid to watch the dog for two weeks. After a month had passed, she became genuinely confused and concerned. When the woman tried contacting her former neighbor, she was completely ignored.

The Neighbor Seemed Fine

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The dog-sitter continued, “I DM’d her on social, and even though she was actively posting, she never responded. I didn’t feel like her life was in danger since her posts seemed to be updated in real-time of her doing fun things.”

The Dog Hadn’t Been Microchipped

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Eventually, the woman had to take Sally’s dog to the vet for a check-up. Thankfully, the dog was absolutely fine.

While there, the vet told the woman that the dog had not been microchipped yet. It had been several months since Sally left, so the reluctant new owner decided to claim ownership of the animal she was now caring for.

Sally Returned

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Soon after this, however, Sally appeared at the woman’s doorstep, wanting her dog back.

By this point, the woman was happy to refuse Sally’s request. She felt this was fair as, for months now, she had been paying for the dog’s upkeep, and he had become part of her family.

The Dog Had Been Abandoned

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“She also never responded to my messages. Even if something happened back home, all she had to do was let me know. But I told her that since she had just ghosted me for months, she forfeited her right to the dog. Especially since she never registered or microchipped it.”

The Law Favored The Woman

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The woman’s vet had told her that it would be quite hard for Sally to prove her rights to the animal, as she has no paperwork to show that she ever cared for the dog. Sally herself never took the dog to the vet.

Her Boyfriend Disagreed

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However, the new owner’s boyfriend feels that she is in the wrong, as the dog was technically Sally’s pet first, despite the fact that the woman has officially owned the dog for a longer period of time than Sally ever did.

Should She Return The Dog?

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The two are now locked in a feud over who has ownership rights to the animal. Given her boyfriend’s reaction, the woman was unsure about her actions and asked if what she did was wrong, as she wanted to be sure.

People Responded

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One user 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 hers now.”

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