Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers by State

Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: I purchase a puppy from a lady and agreed to pay her ,$75 up front and the other $100 at a later date. Can she take him

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Dec 17, 2014

Answered on Dec 19, 2014

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Keith Petrochko's answer
If you don't live up to your end of the agreement she doesn't have to live up to hers.

Do you have a contract?

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Q: How can my fiance get his dog back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Dec 17, 2014

Answered on Dec 19, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Perhaps write a demand letter stating that she will be sued for replevin, conversion, and civil theft of the dog.

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Q: if someone brings their dog to my door and my dog gets out the door and attacks their dog on my front porch am i liable

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on Dec 1, 2014

Answered on Dec 15, 2014

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Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.'s answer
You may be liable, depending on what exactly happened, but you may also have a variety of legal defenses if the other party files lawsuit. You should consider filing a claim with your homeowners insurance, as they may insure you for this incident.

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Q: If my friend watched my dog for a while and i went to get her back but they would not give her to me, is that theft?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on Nov 30, 2014

Answered on Dec 10, 2014

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Thomas H. Roberts Esq's answer
Unlike failure to return leased property which by statute is a crime (See § 18.2-118. Fraudulent conversion or removal of leased personal property), failing to return personal property (your dog) is a civil matter rather than a criminal matter. A detinue action in the general district court is the manner in which a person would get the court to order the return of the property (your dog). Theft or larceny in Virginia is under common law (1)the unlawful taking and carrying away of (2)...

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Q: what is the law to claim an abandoned dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Dec 1, 2014

Answered on Dec 7, 2014

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Keith Petrochko's answer
FL Stat. 705.19 deals with the abandonment of animals by owner.

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Q: What can I do when someone hits my dog and kills it with a car?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Dec 4, 2014

Answered on Dec 7, 2014

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Keith Petrochko's answer
Sorry.

Unfortunately, animals are viewed the same as a couch in the eye's of the law- as property. You can sue for the value of your companion animal.

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Q: Can I have a fox as a pet in the state of Alabama?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on Dec 3, 2014

Answered on Dec 5, 2014

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William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
It sounds like a bad idea to me. The Alabama Administrative Code contains regulations promulgated by various Alabama State entities. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has promulgated 220-2-.26 which, among other things prohibits the possession of foxes brought in from other states. It says nothing about possession of a fox found in the State of Alabama. Alabama Code Section 9-2-13(c) makes it a class C misdemeanor to possess a prohibited animal...but specifies a...

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Q: How can I get my dog back from the people whoms care she is under?, they refuse to give her back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on Dec 1, 2014

Answered on Dec 4, 2014

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Call the police to escort you so there isn't any trouble. The police, however, probably do not have any authority to take the dog and will say that this is a civil matter unless you file a police report and say the dog is stolen and the prosecutor issues a warrant for the people's arrest or some other order for the dog's return to you. If they don't return the dog at that time, then you will most likely have to file an action in New Jersey for return of the dog. I am not an attorney in New...

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Q: If I have an indoor/outdoor cat that wanders into a neighbor's yard, can the neighbor legally take my cat as her own?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on Dec 3, 2014

Answered on Dec 4, 2014

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Julie A. Rice's answer
If you are worried about this, then you need to keep your cat in your yard.

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Q: Can I get my dog back from a nee home who hasn't fully paid for him, but are trying to sell him on Craigslist?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on Dec 2, 2014

Answered on Dec 3, 2014

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Matthew Williams' answer
You may be able to get the dog back depending on the terms of the sale. If you gave her time to pay and made no stipulations regarding not selling the dog, it could be challenging. It may also be challenging to get a lawyer to help you here since there is little financial upside.

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Q: Does Florida law require a contract, for co-owning a show dog, to be notorized or witnessed?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Nov 4, 2014

Answered on Dec 1, 2014

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Keith Petrochko's answer
No. It wouldn't hurt to have it done though, a few dollars now may save you hundreds later.

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Q: Can I sue someone for stealing my dog? I know full name and where they live

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Oct 27, 2014

Answered on Dec 1, 2014

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Keith Petrochko's answer
Sure. You can sue anyone for almost anything. Hopefully you can prove it.

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Q: I live at my mother in laws house and she,without my permission took my puppies away. Do I have right to press charges?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Oct 6, 2014

Answered on Dec 1, 2014

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Keith Petrochko's answer
You are correct. You'll have an easier time going forward in the civil arena than you will getting the state attorney to file against her.

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Q: My dog was bitten by another dog in the neighborhood and needed stitches. Can I sue for the vet bill?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on Oct 10, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Meet with an attorney to assist you in navigating the court system. Bring your vet bills and have a candid discussion of costs versus likelihood of success.

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Q: I have kids and live in a apartment. The upstairs neighbor has a pitbull. Is it a law that they need dog insurance

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on Nov 2, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
In Pawtucket, I believe that law was just overturned - see http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20141123-in-pawtucket-pit-bull-owners-celebrate-ruling-overturning-ban-on-breed-gallery.ece. If you are in fear for your children and /or you know this dog has a propensity to bite. Consider taking appropriate measure to insure the children are not put at risk. This might include moving to a building where pets are not permitted.

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Q: I Got a puppy in Missouri from a breeder and she is just 2 weeks and very sick can I get money back to help with the hos

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on Nov 9, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
If the contract was for a guaranteed healthy puppy, you may have a breech of contract case. If the breeder is not willing to work with you to resolve the situation, consult with a local attorney to assist you. If the breeder is claiming they sent a healthy puppy and they have a veterinary exam report to that effect, it will be a challenge to discern the cause of the illness. Did it arrive by plane, train, or truck? Did the shipper care for the puppy in transit -- are they responsible for the...

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Q: My pug scared at vet first appt snapped at her this time we went to vet my pug was scared bit her Can she sue me

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on Nov 28, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
It is a good sign that they are willing to see your pet again (with valium). They knew of the risk an were taking steps to prevent the bite when it happened. You can often avoid a lawsuit by discussing what damages the vet suffered and coming to some better alternative than spending time in court. In short, yes, the vet may sue you. This does not guarantee they will win. A judge will have to weigh all the facts and then decide. Consider apologizing and take extra precautions when your dog is...

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Q: I was asked to leave an establishment bc I had my dog with me. He was in a shopping cart. There is not store policy.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on Nov 24, 2014

Answered on Nov 27, 2014

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Is your dog a service dog? If your dog is not a service dog and the store does not allow animals, then you can not have your dog on the store property. You say that there is not a store policy but are you talking about a posted policy? Whether or not the store actually has a policy regarding animals may depend upon the size of the store. If it's a smaller store, then there may not be an actual store policy. The store bears liability for you and your animal while on the property so unless...

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Q: I sold my dog no paper work was done & the buyer wants to return the dog & their $ back. Can they do that?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Nov 24, 2014

Answered on Nov 26, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Sure they can do that. This is what happens when you do not have a written contract about the transaction.

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