Rescue organizations, pet adoption groups, shelters and all others who transfer ownership of a dog can be held legally liable if they fail to obtain and report important information to the dog's new owner.
The legal duties of a transferor
How a transferor can protect himself from liability for breach of duty to the new dog owner
A written agreement can protect a transferor
Avoiding liability for mistakes and decisions of the board
Retaining ownership of a dog when it is placed in another's home