One of the rescues I work with has a sticky situation on their hands, and I just wanted to get some additional opinions concerning what should be done.
Here is the situation:
An lady was approved to adopted two pit mix puppies from us, and they were 10 weeks old when she adopted them.
This past weekend, she returned one of the puppies, now 9 months old, saying that she could no longer afford to keep two dogs.
The puppy that she returned is terrible condition-about 15-20 pounds underweight according to our veterinarian.
It was also discovered that the puppy had not received his rabies shot, had not been on heartworm preventative, and also had hookworms, tapeworms, and roundworms.
We have a contract, which she signed, that states adequate veterinary care, including all vaccinations, deworming, and heartworm preventative must be provided.
Contract also states that if she fails to comply with the conditions stated in the contract, she automatically forfeits all ownership rights to the dog.
We have asked her to return the puppy she still has, based on the condition that the other puppy is in, and also based on the fact that we cannot verify that any vaccinations were given to the puppy she still has in her custody.
She has refused to bring us the puppy.
Two of our volunteers plan to go to her house this evening, taking the signed contract, and ask her to give them the puppy, based on her failure to comply with our contract.
She does not know that they are coming over.
If she will not give up the puppy voluntarily to our volunteers, we plan to file a warrant "in detinue" (warrant to recover property)
Does anyone have any thoughts on this, or has anyone dealt with any kind of similiar situations before?
If so, are there any other avenues we could take to retrieve the puppy ASAP?
Because I am concerned that he is in the same condition as the returned puppy.
Have you contacted the local law enforcement to see if they could accompany the volunteers to her home? It might convince her they mean business and it could prevent the situation from turning nasty.
Just a thought..