Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers by State

Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

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.

Kelly G Lambert III

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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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Q: i have pitbull puppies cant afford to get them first shotshowever they are fully de wormed how much can i sell them for?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Delaware on Jun 15, 2014

Answered on Jun 20, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
You are not asking a legal question. No lawyer can give an opinion on the price of a dog. If you have a legal question, please ask it.

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Q: I was sold false documents about a dog I bought from a pet shop, and they are refusing to refund. Can I sue

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on Jun 17, 2014

Answered on Jun 17, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
I'm not sure what you mean when you say you were sold false documents. Usually, what's sold is the dog, and the buyer receives documents with the purchase. If you bought this animal based on misrepresentations by the pet store, you do have rights. However, you would have to prove that the misrepresentations were made. Did you look at the documents before you paid for the dog?

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Q: Mother gave my ferret away as a donation. I am fourteen and want her back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law on Jun 13, 2014

Answered on Jun 14, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
Your mother has decision-making authority, and you must abide by her decision.

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Q: My dog was hit by a speeding car , how fast the car was going is unknown. Is there anything I can do ?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on Mar 17, 2014

Answered on Jun 11, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
I am sorry to hear about your dog's injury. I hope they survived and recovered. Meet with an attorney to discuss the case and all the particulars including whether you have identified the car, owner, insurance company etc.

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Q: I have a suspiscion that a contractor working on my home has stolen my dog

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Delaware on Jun 4, 2014

Answered on Jun 8, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
Before calling the police without any evidence, have you considered trying to locate your dog using the microchip?

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