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Can I be charged for taking my sister’s puppies even though they were not being cared for properly?

My friend's sister had a litter of puppies she was keeping in a small, unkept box. My friend took them with her sister's permission to get them seen by the vet and take care of until she found good homes. Now, the sister wants them back so she called the cops and threatened to have my friend arrested if she does not return them. It would put the animals in danger to bring them back to the sister as she is unable to care for them. What does she need to do to keep the animals safe?

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    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    She has to report to the authorities what has been happening and how the animals were being neglected. They may force her to give the animals up. ?
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 11/18/2013
    Eric Sterkenburg | Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    16478 Beach Boulevard, No. 329
    Westminster, CA 92683
    (562) 477-6940
    The puppies are property under the law. Taking the puppies is considered theft under the law. The total value of the puppies determines if the theft is petty theft or grand theft. The brother should return the puppies. If there is a question of the welfare of the puppies call Animal control and report the sister.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 11/18/2013
    Charles M. Schiff | Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    925 South First Street
    St Cloud, MN 56301
    (320) 259-0699
    She needs to contact the proper authorities. If she refuses to return the dogs, she is in effect committing a theft without the backing of the proper authorities.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota - Replied: 11/18/2013
    Jared Austin | Austin Legal Services, PLC
    909 N. Washington Ave.
    Lansing, MI 48906
    (517) 614-1983
    Animals are considered property under the law. She could be charged both criminally and civilly for not returning them. If she feels they are in danger or being neglected, she needs to contact animal control or the equivalent and appropriate government agency.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 11/18/2013
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