Judge Rules for Humane Society in Dog Dispute
A judge has ruled in favor of the Moore County Humane Society in a dispute between the shelter and a Seven Lakes woman over ownership of a dog.
The case was heard in small claims court July 3.
Jan Anderson Dubey filed the suit, claiming that the Humane Society refused to return an American Eskimo dog to her after she dropped it off for a rabies shot. She said the Humane Society refused to return the dog to her because they said she was too old.
Humane Society officials said Dubey signed a form surrendering the dog. They said that if an owner came in seeking to get an animal a rabies shot, they would refer the person to a veterinarian or Moore County Animal Control.
Dubey brought the dog to the Humane Society on May 12 and said she attempted to get it back several times before filing the lawsuit.
Dubey said she only partially signed the form relinquishing ownership of the dog to the Humane Society.
The judge ruled to the contrary.
Dubey said she was told by shelter staff that the form was a “sign-in” sheet and didn’t read the form before she started to sign it. She contended that representatives from the Humane Society completed her signature, making the form invalid.
Representatives from the Humane Society failed to return phone messages requesting comment for this story.
Dubey said Tuesday that she is considering filing an appeal.
Contact Tom Embrey at (910) 692-2484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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