Legal Question in Civil Litigation in Virginia

Show Dog Co-ownership Contract

Breeder (''B'') sold $750 1/2 interest in show quality pup to Co-owner (''CO'') who agreed to show dog. If CO was unhappy with dog for any reason, dog returns to B - standard industry practice; CO understood/agreed to.

CO sold dog w/out B's knowledge or consent; never informed B that unhappy with dog; denied B first right of refusal. B taking action in small claims for return of dog.

1 1/2 yrs. ago B demanded dog be returned. CO unable to produce dog as pet home non-compliant - 3x CO tried to steal dog from backyard. Pet home demanded money. A mo. later, CO called that dog was available. Could pick-up could be postponed as B had bitches in season? CO said yes.

CO never again mentioned dog. 3 mo. later, B volunteered status; 2 dogs returned, so postpone pick-up? CO said yes w/out condition.

B now wants dog. CO alleges B was ''offered'' dog when produced first time. B believes this does not constitute ''offer'', as return had to be demanded.

Does B's demand constitute first right of refusal?

Does CO's producing dog upon demand constitute ''offer''?

Should B name pet owners in action as they still possess dog?

Can witness w/same exper. with CO testify to estab. CO's history of behavior?

Asked on 4/18/02, 1:00 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Michael Hendrickson Law Office Michael E. Hendrickson

Re: Show Dog Co-ownership Contract

You have raised a whole series of factual questions as well as questions of law(Was there an enforceable contract?)--all of which should

be addressed to an attorney practicing in the same

jurisdiction as the small claims court where the issue may be decided. (Even though the Virginia lawyer cannot represent you in a small claims court action, s/he can advise you as to how you can best prepare to prosecute or defend your case.)

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Answered on 4/18/02, 3:37 pm

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