Another Person Claims That A Missing Animal Is Theirs, But I Am Sure It Is Mine. Who Will Win?

If you and another person both claim ownership to a strayed animal, the sheriff will turn the matter over to the small claims division of the district court. Once in the district court, each party will have to prove that they are the rightful owner of the animal. First, the parties must file sworn affidavits with evidence supporting their claim. Second, if a hearing is needed, the judge may hear oral testimony from the parties to determine ownership. Finally, after weighing the evidence of both parties, the judge will decide who the rightful owner is. If the losing party still feels that the animal is theirs, and that the judgment was incorrect, then an appeal may be filed within ten (10) days.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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