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Lost Pets

Lost Pets

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Lost Pets


Common Law


Statutes governing impoundment of stray animals


Lost Property Statutes


The Common Law scheme in more detail


Creation of a bailment upon finding a lost pet


Ways an owner may recover damages should their lost pet be harmed


Legal options owners may use to recover their lost pets


Proving ownership of a lost pet


Wild Animals


Defenses under Common Law


Equitable Estoppel


Stealing Pets


Animal impoundment Statutes and Ordinances


The Holding Period


Timing and the Extent of Ownership Transfer


Disposing of lost pets following the Holding Period’s expiration

 

The shelter’s standard of care for lost pets


General Scheme


Specific issues


Issues that may arise between specific parties


Original Owner vs. Private Party


Original Owner vs. Animal Shelter


Unique legal aspect


Veterinarians’ rights and duties


The duties and rights between a finder and third parties

 

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