Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers by State

Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

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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Q: My rat had babies, my family is trying to sell them without my permission.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Nov 25, 2014

Answered on Nov 26, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
They are your personal property. Taking something that does not belong to you is theft.

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Q: I live on my parents property, if my dog bites someone can they be sued as the land owners?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on Nov 22, 2014

Answered on Nov 25, 2014

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Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.'s answer
It depends on various circumstances: e.g., whether the bite took place on the property or not, why the person was on the property if so, how the dog got loose from the property if so, etc.

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Q: My neighbor stole someone's dog from their yard had it for about 2 weeks, in this time the dog had a puppy, the owner

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on Nov 15, 2014

Answered on Nov 17, 2014

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Matthew Williams' answer
At this point it sounds like you are not involved and the police have the matter. If they find the dog, it will likely be returned to its owner. I see nothing for you to gain by staying involved.

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Q: I am the co-owner of a dog and the other owner will not allow me access to her. What are my rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on Oct 23, 2014

Answered on Oct 28, 2014

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Kenneth J. Geniuk's answer
Animals are considered personal property. Unless you have been given unrestricted access to the other person's home, I would not recommend going into the home and retrieving the dog, as your entry into the home could be considered trespassing, which might get you in legal trouble. If you HAVE been given unrestricted access, then you would probably be okay retrieving the dog, as you can not be charged with stealing your own property. In any respect, I would not do anything until you discuss the...

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Q: How can I get my pet back from someone who said they found it?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on Sep 24, 2014

Answered on Sep 27, 2014

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Mr. James Parrish Coleman's answer
If you can prove the pet is yours, and this is not a situation where you and another person lived together or something of that sort, the pet is your property. You own the pet against the "finder". You would file a suit for recovery of your property in District COurt. You need witnesses, vet records or something to show the pet is yours. File your suit in District Court.

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Q: I trusted a famiky friend with the care of my two little babies. A yorkie and a yorkie poo while I went on vacation.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on Aug 29, 2014

Answered on Sep 5, 2014

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Thomas C. Valkenet's answer
Only if the dog was damaged. In Maryland, a pet is property....like a kitchen chair. As the owner, you may sue for damage to your property. In this case, if there are vet bills because the animal got sick from being in the cold rain, you might recover that cost.

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Q: I WAS CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY FOR LEAVING MY DOG IN THE CAR. THE WINDOWS WERE CRACKED AND SHE HAD WATER.

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

Answered on Aug 1, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
The fact that they lost the dog for a while has no bearing on the outcome of the charges. You should consult with an attorney in your state to discuss whether you need representation.

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Q: A lady who's working with the police is telling me to take my dog out of the house because my sister Can she do that?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Delaware on Jul 26, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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Michael L. Sensor Esq.'s answer
Something is missing from your question. Because your sister.... what? Please rephrase and I will attempt to answer.

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Q: If someone pays for my dogs vet bill does that mean the dog is now theres?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on Jul 28, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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Kelly Lambert's answer
No, it does not.

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Q: The polices have taken my dog off of me for biting someone how long does it take to get it back off of them ?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law on Jul 12, 2014

Answered on Jul 13, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
What stay do you live in? The laws are different in different states.

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Q: Do I have a law suit ? more details below please help me

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Delaware on Jul 1, 2014

Answered on Jul 2, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
You don't say exactly who you mean by referring to "animal control." However, assuming the organization you want to sue does not have immunity from suit, you need to know that under Delaware law you cannot recover money damages for emotional turmoil that you have suffered due to an illness to your dog,

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Q: Yes I was wanting to know if there is a law in Missouri about leaving animals in hot cars.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on Jul 1, 2014

Answered on Jul 1, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
Missouri has a statute that prohibits a person from intentionally causing injury or suffering to an animal. I suggest you contact the Humane Society of Missouri.

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Q: my dog was stolen from my yard what can i do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Delaware on Jun 22, 2014

Answered on Jun 26, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
I am so sorry to hear this. There are numerous websites that have steps to take. Here are some links, and I wish you good luck.

http://www.cesarsway.com/training/leadership/What-to-Do-if-Your-Dog-Goes-Missing

http://www.gingerspetrescue.org/index_lost_ifstolen.asp

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Q: I can hear my upstairs neighbor beating her dog, but cannot physically see it. Will anything happen if I report it?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on Jun 24, 2014

Answered on Jun 25, 2014

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William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
Maybe. It can't hurt to call the animal control folks and tell them what's going on. Make a recording of what you hear and play it back to them.

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Q: My neighbors great Dane attacked my chihuahua and the great Dane was not on leash can I sue

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on Jun 23, 2014

Answered on Jun 24, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
In order to answer your question, we need to know where the dogs were at the time of the attack.

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Q: My moms dog bit someone and is being sued. What can she do.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on Jun 20, 2014

Answered on Jun 20, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
She should contact her homeowners insurance company and let them know ASAP about the suit.

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Q: Found neglected dog 5 mons ago nursed back to health and old owner now took back and refuses to give it back to me.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Delaware on Jun 10, 2014

Answered on Jun 20, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
This is a very difficult situation, as any dog lover knows. If you were asking whether the owner has to reimburse you for the money you spent, there's more facts that we would first have to discuss. Unfortunately, the owner does not lose ownership because you came to his dog's rescue.

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