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Unread 06-29-2009, 11:28 AM   #1
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Please help me find Zoey!
Here's what's going on: I had a personal problem (domestic violence issue) that I had to deal with a few years back. I did not want anything to happen to Zoey. A girl named Tiffany took her for me. After I had legally resolved my problem, I called Tiffany about Zoey, but she never answered her phone. I called repeatedly and left messages to no avail. She's since changed her number and moved with Zoey, violating our agreement. I've tried emailing her and recieved so many lies in return that I have no idea what to believe. She said that her ex stole her while she was at work. When asked to show me a police report, she didn't respond. After I made several posts on different sites, I've recieved emails from other people who have dealt with her.
One said that Tiffany had one of his dogs and wouldn't tell him where his dog was. Only that all her pits are now out of the state.
Another told me that she used to breed pits and then get rid of them.All of the information that I have gathered has been negative. Including information from Tiffany. (all lies) She's since deleted her email.
Now someone else is involved because Tiffany wrongfully gave her away. Some may question why after a few years I'm trying to get her back, the truth is, I've BEEN trying since she's been gone. I just want Zoey back home with me. I miss her so much. I raised her since she was four weeks old. PLEASE help. Spread the word. Let me know if you know anything.

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Unread 06-29-2009, 11:52 AM   #2
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If Zoey is micro chipped maybe that can help
Only thing I can think of.
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What a beautiful girl. I hope you get her back.

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If you have a contract you can contact a lawyer. If your agreement was all verbal with no proof there's not a whole lot you can do beyond trying to talk to people and convince them to give the dog back. Unless you can track down the dog and prove it's yours (microchip, tattoo, maybe pictures, etc...) it's really hard for anyone to do anything. That's why it's best to have things like this in writing, preferably with the help of a lawyer to make sure it's a solid contract, and have permanent ID on your animals along with recent photographs.

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Unread 07-01-2009, 10:32 AM   #5
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Each state usually has a dollar threshold beyond which a written contract is required (in Virginia, it is $500). If the value of the agreement is determined to be below that threshold, then a verbal contract is just as legally binding as anything in writing. However, you aren't dealing with someone legitimate, and besides that, the value placed on boarding the dog for several years is likely to be in written contract territory

Sadly, chances are, Zoey is now in the dogfighting underground. Ohio may have a dogfighting taskforce. If so, you should contact them with your experience and what you know. It may be that they can help you locate Tiffany and get leads on your dog. It sounds like Tiffany may have a history of providing and/or training dogs for the Pit. Virginia's taskforce has had good luck uncovering a number of dogfighting rings around the state, and identifying key players. Good luck.
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Unread 07-01-2009, 11:05 AM   #6
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While technically a verbal contract should hold in practice it becomes a lot more difficult. With no witness it's 1 person's word against the other and with no dog in sight odds are no matter what you both say nothing will get done. Unless you can find the dog and try to prove it's yours it's unlikely anything will be done without a written contract. I suppose if they might be providing dogs for fighting you could alert authorities and see if they can find anything to prove it. Then you'd have something to stand on when trying to prove she took your dog. Unfortunately odds are still rather low of that getting anywhere and you still might have to prove the dog is yours even if they find where she's been getting rid of these dogs.

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