Re: Ex Girlfriend Got a Puppy As a Gift for Me. I Want the Dog After the Split
that is the basis for your problem. You can bet she will say in court you have not paid the entire agreed upon fee.
So, i'm not 100% sure of what's been paid for the dog, or how much is still owed.
If you can swing it, giving her the $250 would be the easiest way out of this. If you are insistent on not paying the $250, risk going to court and letting the judge decide.
Personally, if I were her I would simply state you pay a total of $2k for the dog (since that is what she paid for the dog and is actually fair) or she keeps the dog. You would be due your payments back if that is what happened though. As it is, you are getting a $2k dog for $1250. She loses $750 in the deal. Pretty giving of her, in my opinion.
While you could argue the dog was a gift, your continued negotiations to purchase the dog dispute that claim.
What you should have done is give her the $1k and argue the rest was a gift since that is what the original deal was. Gifts are not revocable at will.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.