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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Q: What should I do after my home security cams capture 4 dog pee intrusive in a day at my front yard?

Dogs owners walk their dogs, then allow and watch their dogs intrusion on private property and pee on my lawn in my front yard. My home security cams captures 4 instances in a day. What should I do to prevent this repeatedly happen?

It is unlawful. What penalty can be? Is there any... Read more »

Ann Thayer
Ann Thayer answered on Jan 26, 2022

You should contact the animal protection officers in fairfax and tell them what is going on and show them the proof you have

They can go talk to them about stopping the behavior or charge them under the county code

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on
Q: What can I do when I stud my dog to a neighbor and we had a verbal agreement that I would get pick of the litter

And they are trying to charge me a fee for it when that wasn’t to the agreement

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 23, 2022

The problem with verbal agreements are that they are usually worth the paper they are printed on. You would need to prove there was an agreement and what the terms were. Tough task when the other person is probably going to deny it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Social Security for California on
Q: My Service dog in training was denied access to a clinic that I was going to for my social security evaluation.

receptionist stated that service dog is only for the blind and deaf. What can I do?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 23, 2022

A dog who is a trained service animal is permitted access under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Examples of service animal work include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I lose my dog privileges at my aprt for walking my neighbors naughty dog that has a bite history? If he bites again?

I have two esa (dogs) at my aprt complex. I’ve never had a problem with them. I also walk my neighbors dog, I’ll call him “Wally”. Wally is legally on her lease. The problem is, Wally has nipped at an apartment employee before, with a different walker. The incident was reported and is now... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Jan 22, 2022

It’s not possible to answer your question definitively without knowing what the pet provisions say in your lease. I suppose it’s possible that it could provide that a tenant who acts negligently when walkia dog” could be bYour arguments are logical and sound, but that doesn’t mean your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: My dog playing with another dog on my property. The other dog ran off my property but my dog stayed. Whos responsible?

Who’s responsible if the dog scares a neighbor walking by? Am I responsible for the unleashed dog leaving my property or is the other dog owner responsible. There was no attack but I’m being threatened that I’m responsible for unleashed dog leaving my property

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 21, 2022

Who is threatening you? Animal Control officers? They do not threaten, they issue warnings and citations. You cannot have unleashed dogs (yours or others under your supervision) running loose off your property or having unwanted contact with others. If you took responsibility to watch and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: Dogs running at large case(no hurt,no bark) MD law:the maximum penalty-30 days jail for the owner.When it can happen?

Dogs get run. Didn’t hurt anyone, didn’t bark. Just run through the neighbor’s yard to the forest. No intention from the owner. “Nice” Neighbour opened cases “dogs at large”, “dogs trespassing”. Surprisingly, maximum penalty for dogs running at large in MD is 30 days jail for the... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on Jan 20, 2022

I seriously doubt you would receive jail time for this. You may want to retain counsel to get the best possible result.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Is this a real lawyer thing?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 19, 2022

What is your question?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: The neighbors dog comes over to my horse farm and terrorizes all my animals including fighting with my dogs.

Neighbors refuse to keep dog in their property

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jan 18, 2022

Contact the animal control officer and file a complaint.

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: My parents and dog were attacked by a pit bull yesterday on our street.

My dog and dad both got bit. My dog was bit in the rib cage and my dad was bit in the arm.

My dad was able to fight off the pitbull without any more harm being done to anyone. The pitbull came from a house on our street. We called animal control who came out today and took a police report... Read more »

Haleh Shekarchian
Haleh Shekarchian answered on Jan 16, 2022

Your father can file a claim against the owner of the house where the dog came out from as well as against any tenant who owns the dog. Your dad is entitled to recovery of his medical bills, loss of earnings, pain and suffering etc

He should contact anyone of us on Justia ASAP for a free...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My neighbor has a kennel that is unattended and dogs bark all night. What can I do?

I have an autistic grand daughter who is not sleeping and makes it hard to get her up for school.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 16, 2022

1). Take a criminal complaint for the nuisance barking. 2) contact animal

Control and ask them to investigate. 3). Contact inspections, permits and licensing and see if the neighbor has a kennel license to operate such facility.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can my small dog run free in my yard not vicious or will bite outside city limits
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 15, 2022

Your dog can run free only if you have a fenced yard. Otherwise he needs to be walked on a leash.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: What legal recourse do I have for a neighbor who allowed their dogs to run free for months and kill 18 cats in our area?

The neighbors moved to our area and never kept their dogs contained. The three dogs packed up and killed 18 cats in our neighborhood. They are seen on security camera chasing cats away and even killing them on their own porches. The owners claim they had no idea of what their dogs were doing, but... Read more »

Eliza Jasinska
Eliza Jasinska answered on Jan 15, 2022

Please discuss with an attorney. The best thing to do is to report to the local animal control. Plaintiffs in animal cases often claim that homeowners, landlords, and homeowners' associations owed them a duty of care and that their failure of care was negligent. Negligence is analyzed under... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I accidentally hit a dog tonight. A police officer happened to be behind me and he stopped to help. Can I get in trouble

I can’t tell my family because I’m so scared. I don’t want to get on legal trouble or have the family sue me even though it was an accident. Can the cop show up at my house?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 13, 2022

If the dog was on the roadway you will be OK. It's the owner's responsibility to care for their dog. If your car was damaged you can make a claim against the owner of the dog.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Housemate let my dog out while I was at work and she attacked the neighbors dog. Who is responsible for the vet bills
Michael  Mayoral
Michael Mayoral answered on Jan 13, 2022

Generally speaking, you could be held liable for the damages (bills). Under Florida Statute § 767.01 "Owners of dogs shall be liable for any damage done by their dogs to a person or to any animal included in the definitions of “domestic animal” and “livestock” as provided by s.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: My in laws separated & are divorcing she wouldn’t allow him to take his dog all the paperwork is in his name

but she was never gifted the dog or paid a dime towards food or vet expenses he gave me ownership through the vet when he found out she tried to rehome the dog many of times and had me caring for dog die to her living conditions now she’s wanting the dog and saying the dog is her emotional... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 11, 2022

If the dog was purchased/acquired during the marriage, and was not a gift made just to the husband, then the dog would be marital property. He would not be the sole owner. However, you are claiming he made a gift of the dog to you. Whether a court would uphold a gift made by one joint owner of a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: I found a dog and weeks later the owner showed up. The dog was very neglected. Do I have to return the dog

His health has improved dramatically since I've cared for him.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 31, 2021

Do you have proof that you have 1) licensed, 2) vaccinated, 3) neutered, or 4) gotten the dog medical care?

Does he have proof that he 1) bought, 2) licensed, 3) vaccinated, 4) neutered, or 5) gotten medical care for the dog?

Who ever has more of 1), 2), 3), 4), 5) wins, and owns...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: A neighbor's two dogs jumped a fence and attacked my daughter and dog. Both have bite marks, puncture wounds, tearing
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 31, 2021

You can sue the neighbors for their injuries, medical, etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I avoid a 3 dog limit in my county if I am a professional dog trainer/business owner with demo dogs at home?

Baltimore County

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 25, 2021

Each county and incorporated town or city has its owm local code or ordinances governng this issue. In Baltimore County, if you have more than three dogs, you are required to obtain a holding facility or kennel license. To find out if you are zoned for a holding facility or kennel license, please... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Recent puppy purchase from a trusted breeder 4days after purchase he is diagnosed with Parvo should the breeder pay exp?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 20, 2021

Actually had EXACTLY that experience with a collie puppy about 10 years ago. I made a complaint to AKC, the Vet she used for vaccinations, Louisiana Dept of Ag and a civil suit with the Justice of the Peace in the breeders parish.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: What do I do to get my dog back from my ex that refuses to give him and has a protective order against me in Louisiana?

I am the true owner, I am registered in his AKC registration, all vet bills, payments, etc. He means the world to me.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 20, 2021

Pets are required treated like an appliance in Louisiana. You can get Rover back in the property partition

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