Hey all. Need a bit of moral and legal help here. A chick moved in to my place in feb 2008. We promptly started dating. All was going well until I got a text message one day saying that she needed to be single cos she could handle being in a relationship. Ok, cool. Can deal with that. Next day i see on facebook that the skank is dating some other guy, so i promptly booted her out. Tricky part is this. She had a dog when she moved in from her previous relationship. Now.... Since she moved in, she did not care for the dog. Fed him on occasion, I did it every other time. I paid most of his vet bills and food etc cos she is in huge debt and mixed up with drugs, she never walked him and never cared for him except for the occasional treats. He escaped one day and the pound got him. She had no money to get him back and no time to go get him. He wasnt registered. I went to the pound and got him and registered him in to my name. Paid all the fees and then copped $400 in fines. She has moved to a tiny apartment with some junky mates and has said to me that she will be taking him back now. I have it in email that she intends to lock him in her bedroom all day whilst she is at work. Next drama, her 2 best friends came to me and explained what a fcukwit she is and that they dont want her to have the dog back. They know the conditions he used to live in at her old apartment which was him being locked in a 2mx2m courtyard walking around in his own shit for days on end whilst her and her bf were off their eyeballs for nearly 2 years on ice. They also informed me that her previous dog was taken from her by another ex because of her inability to care for him. So now i face a decision, do I get a lawyer involved and try and get custody of the dog? I know its a low thing to do in taking someones pet (which she does love, but her lifestyle comes first) but this dog absolutely loves me. He has a huge backyard, gets excersied all the time, is loyal and obedient to me and me only, not her. In fact, she came over the other day to take him for the afternoon and when she called him, he ran to me and sat between my legs. I spoke to the RSPCA and told them the whole story and they said it was my tough luck. She bought him and even tho he is registered in my name, apparently that isnt enough. What should I do? Would I have grounds to take the dog if it went to court? Should I be paranoid of her and her junkie mates doing shit to my house/car/bike should i take him? What to do?!?!?!?!??! Need advice!!!!! Preferably from a lawyer or someone who has been through pet custody before!! Would it be expensive to talk to a lawyer and get some advice?? Need help urgently!! She wants to take him on friday and put him in to her tiny apartment. He is a little male staffy. He needs more space than a friggin bedroom!!