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OP and his girlfriend found a puppy on their front lawn over two months ago.
Despite their efforts to find the puppy's original owner, they were unsuccessful and decided to keep him.
However, the original owner has now surfaced and is demanding the puppy back,
OP posted a lengthy update:
The man is claiming that he had been stolen along with three cats and another dog from their stolen camper.
The original owner has been facing legal troubles, and there is no police report of the theft.
The puppy stayed with them
The man contacted them 65 days later
They refused to meet in person
They are concerned that the original owner may try to take the puppy by force if they find out where they live.
OP has offered the following explanation for why they think they might be the a-hole:
There is a good chance that the person is lying and just saw an opportunity to get a free animal
This Redditor says:
If they were really concerned they would’ve done something about it...
OP and his GF should stand their ground
The whole story does sound suspicious
They should not give him money
The bottom line is :
In such a situation, the first step is to verify that the person claiming the dog is, in fact, the original owner. You can ask for proof of ownership, such as vet records, adoption papers, or a photo of the dog with the owner.
If there is no proof, it's important to be cautious and not give the dog away until you are certain that the person is the rightful owner. If you are certain that the person is the original owner, you can try and negotiate with them. You can explain how attached you have become to the dog.