Is it allowed to own a pet that was previous castrated by a non-jew without consent? Practical exemple: a well-behaved female dog adopted by a Jewish family after the castration (and adopted regardless the castration)

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Rambam Hilchot Issurei Biah 16:13

אָסוּר לוֹמַר לְעַכּוּ''ם לְסָרֵס בְּהֵמָה שֶׁלָּנוּ. וְאִם לְקָחָהּ הוּא מֵעַצְמוֹ וְסֵרְסָהּ מֻתָּר. וְאִם הֶעֱרִים יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּדָבָר זֶה קוֹנְסִין אוֹתוֹ וּמוֹכְרָהּ לְיִשְׂרָאֵל אַחֵר

It is forbidden to ask a non-Jew to castrate an animal of ours. But if he [the non-Jew] took it himself and castrated it, it [i.e keeping the animal] is permitted. But if the Jew connived in the matter, we fine him [by ruling that] he sell it to another Jew.

(Translation/elucidation is mine.)

  • Very nice; + 1.
    – msh210
    Aug 21, 2018 at 19:07
  • This is not how we hold lema'ase Aug 21, 2018 at 19:20
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    @Noach Care to amplify? (And who is we? Yemenites?)
    – Joel K
    Aug 21, 2018 at 19:44
  • @JoelK most Orthodox communities in the US Aug 21, 2018 at 23:42
  • @Noach So how do “we” hold lema’ase?
    – Joel K
    Aug 22, 2018 at 3:42

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