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I recently purchased german shepherds for breeding purposes. I took them to the vet for rabies & heartworm check, found out that the male has only 1 testicle. Vet said that would not be a suitable breeding dog. Took the dogs back to the breeder who took papers back, then told us we would only get our money back when the dogs were re-sold. Breeder proceeded to tell me that we would not get all of our money back but when we said we wanted to take the dogs back until sold to avoid charges for boarding, would not allow us to take the dogs off property. We have signed AKC papers on 1 dog, but the other dog is from Mexico & had no papers to sign because he is not regestered yet with AKC. We don't have a lot of money to hire a lawyer & don't know whether if we do & win whether breeder would then be responsible for paying our lawyer fees. I am aware that I should not have given papers back but was doing so in good faith & with a little ignorance. Input would be appreciated.


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Really pretty simple:

1) Does your purchase agreement say that the purchase is for 'breeding purposes'? If so, what does the agreement say can happen when not suitable?? If nothing, then you are going to have to sue (small claims) to recover your damages (amount paid).

2) If the 'breeder' is holding your dogs and refuses to refund the money, call the cops. File a complaint. Have him arrested for theft.

In any case, this is probably within your states (WHERE??) small claim limitation, so file there. And yes, when you win, you will be awarded your full cost, including the cost of court.

Finally, based on these circumstances, you will probably NOT get the papers for the 2nd dog.... you will need to decide if you want to keep them as 'pet quality'. (Also, you could sue for the value difference of 'registered breed stock' vs. 'pet stock').

Steve Halket
Judgment Recovery of Houston
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This is my PERSONAL OPINION and is not legal advice! Consult your local attorney for your specific situation and laws!

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