By Anonymous - 09/11/2015 14:58 - United States - Redlands
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I'm so sorry your mother is such a heartless person OP. Do you think the people who bought the dog would take your mother in trade so you can have her/him back? Seriously though. If you can track them down and explain, they may take a refund. Or if the dog is registered in your name you can report him stolen.
Still, I believe it's illegal to purchase stolen goods, so once they become aware that the dog was stolen the new owners would be obligated to return it unless they want to face legal action. Although if op has no way of proving they own the dog the cops wouldn't do anything about it. I've know someone who had a puppy stolen out of their house and they found it a few doors down. They would have gotten it back, but they didn't have it chipped or any photos of it with them, so they technically had no proof it was theirs.
Dog, or electricity, heating, or keep the house? Gee, hard choice... I'd have given up the dog if money was that tight.