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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: How do I go by getting financial compensation for vet bills after unleashed dog attacked service dog in our yard

How would I approach this? Husky dog ran up into our yard on our porch attacked my mother service dog, who is a chiweenie on our porch. Dog has broken bones and peritoneal hernia issues pooping etc. Surgery is likely going to be needed for the hernia. All caught on neighbors security system showing... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 26, 2022

You should contact a personal injury lawyer (or a few of them) in your area to discuss the specifics of your matter and what has transpired thus far--I suggest a few because most will provide a free initial consultation. Also, you can contact the owner of the husky dog and and inquire of his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: If I give a dog away am I responsible if she bites someone? She is 6 months old and is a bit aggressive.

I was told that I would/could be held responsible, is this true. I have worked with a trainer for a month now and she is not getting any better. The trainer said the best thing to do would be to put her down. I want to avoid that at all cost.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 25, 2022

Switch trainers.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Trapping cat on my property?

Hello, my neighbor's cat has been pooping on my property for years, they even litter on my outdoor furniture. I tried to talk to the neighbor but they refused to do anything about it and says that it might be a stray cat somewhere. So I decided to set a humane trap on my back yard. In the next... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 23, 2022

A lot of these animal laws are local and specific. Generally, you should have the right to set the trap on your backyard if the cat is routinely trespassing on your property. You have a right to quiet use and enjoyment of your home. Look at the local codes on animal control in your jurisdiction;... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: If u post something on a website as found,do u have an obligation to allow the rightful owner to prove ownership?

After posting my dog as found on a public website, the finder is ignoring my request to prove ownership,is that legal?

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 23, 2022

Contact the person who found your animal. Make sure that it is in fact your dog and make sure that the finder gives the dog back to you.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: my brother got our dog by a blue toy and there it in the air the dog flew and no one cares but me what should i do?

* dog holding on tightly

*Brother swang around blue toy before droping it

* i told parents but no one cares

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 23, 2022

A little difficult to answer based on the fact pattern. Assuming that no one was injured or hurt, this is likely just a personal matter and something to bring up with your family for discussion.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Can my fiance and I be denied rental of a home because we did not disclose that we have an ESA?

We live in California and applied for a rental home in California. The application never asked if we have a service/emotional support animal. It only asked if we have any pets. We both answered no because our dog is an emotional support animal and have an ESA document from my fiancee's... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 22, 2022

You cannot be denied rental because of an ESA. However, you never informed the landlord that you had an ESA. As a result, the denial of rental is not because of an ESA.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: My dog was stolen two years ago. I saw my dog on a pet page and contacted them. How do I get my dog back?

I told them I would pay for a DNA test to prove he is my dog since my brother has his daughter to test the DNA with. I told her I had his AKC Paperwork, pedigree, and pictures of him with our family.

I contacted the police two years ago, but I did not know where he was. I contacted animal... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 19, 2022

You can file a suit for "replevin." Such a suit seeks the return of a specific item of personal property (other than money) in possession of the other party that rightfully belongs to you. In this case, the item is the dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: How long until a found dog can be adopted by the new owner? I found a dog 9 days ago & no one has claimed him.

I reported the dog as found with the shelter & posted all over social media. Took to vet & he doesn’t have tags or microchip. I want to go ahead & get him neutered & all of his shots. How long does the previous owner have to come forward? My daughter has fallen in love with the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 16, 2022

If no one has claimed him within five (5) days and theres no other info is of ownership, you can consider him your dog. The sooner you get him chipped and vetted, the sooner you’ll be able to say he is your dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: I have an apartment lease which stipulates certain breads of dogs considered dangerous and not allowed.

There are many dogs on that list now living in my complex. The office says the owners of those dog’s presented documents claiming the dogs are “emotional support “ animals and they are required to accept them. How is this not a breech of my lease which prohibits such dogs? Thank you

Michael Joseph Larranaga
Michael Joseph Larranaga
answered on Sep 16, 2022

In many circumstances federal and state law trumps contract law. Contract law must live in the legal framework setup by both the state and federal governments. A personal contract typically cannot supersede a state or federal law unless the law allows itself to be superseded.

If a contract...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can a Kentucky veterinarian refuse to give your dog back if you can't pay an emergency bill upfront?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 16, 2022

Yes. They have a lien for services rendered.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: If I was with someone for 13 yrs and he passed away we had animals together do. I HAVE ANY RIGHTS TO THEM.

We had nothing in writing just his verbal wishes

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 14, 2022

If you jointly owned the animals, then you either still jointly own the animals with his Estate; or you continue to own your interest, and his interest passed to you upon his death.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: What can I do if someone was watching my dog for me and now they are saying they are putting my dog down
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 13, 2022

Go get your dog from them immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: I gave a puppy to someone in order to pay for it they breed the dog and give me two puppys

The first time we bred she didn't take so we had to wait she went behind my back bred her again had puppy's never told me and won't pay me

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Sep 11, 2022

Legally she owes you based upon your verbal agreement. However, it may difficult to prove a verbal agreement and impractical to collect even if you do. If the agreement is in writing and the person is a home owner, the agreement will be much easier to enforce.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: We are being sued as landlords for a home that we bought for our disabled son for a dog bite.

We are the owners of a house in San Jacinto that we have bought for our totally disabled son and family. They hired (without our knowledge) a professional dog trainer from Temecula, who charged $400.00 for travel and evaluation for future training of the dog. After taking the dog outside, they... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Sep 8, 2022

If your lack of insurance was because of financial challenges, you might have more than you can handle when hiring a Defense Lawyer. S/he will bill on an hourly rate and ask for, I suspect, a sizable retainer. Is that something you can handle?

The "Victim" has a lawyer on a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: i need a lawyer to represent me against a dog bite claim in riverside county california. What kind of atty would be bes

Hired a dog trainer to work with aggressive dog - the dog bit her and now she is suing - and in her suit she does NOT disclose that she is a trainer

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 6, 2022

If you have homeowners insurance, notify it of the claim. If you do not carry insurance, you will have to pay for an attorney out of pocket. An attorney who specializes in civil defense can handle your case. You might also consider bankruptcy if you don't have insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for North Carolina on
Q: While working was bit by a dog that pushed door open after being told dogs didn’t bite. Mental trauma, would I have case

North Carolina. No case pending. I was bitten by a dog while working Saturday in a woman’s yard, I’m a pest control technician. I didn’t require hospital attention but was bleeding and definitely still sore. I didn’t do workman’s comp because I felt at the time it wasn’t that bad. Well... Read more »

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Sep 4, 2022

You have a claim against the dog owner for negligence and strict liability. Most homeowners insurance policies nowadays do not cover animal attacks unless the insured has purchased an animal attack insurance rider. Contact a North Carolina personal injury attorney for representation to get out a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Hello, last night when I was walking my dog in my apartment complex, two teenage boys SPRINTED past me even though I

was there with my dog. They boxed me in and last night animal control reached out to me because apparently they are claiming my dog bit them even though apparently there is only a minor injury and no penetration of skin. They told me she will probably be quarantined and I want to know what I can do... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Aug 27, 2022

You and your dog are not victims. You are 100% responsible for your dog's behavior, whether it bit someone, or clawed someone, and regardless of whether the boys walked or SPRINTED past you. Boys walk, run, sprint and are boisterous in public and are entitled to act like teenagers without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: How much force am I allowed to use to defend myself from an attacking dog

This attack occurred on my property against myself and my dog who was on a leash we were attacked by three large dogs over 100 lb each

Michael Joseph Larranaga
Michael Joseph Larranaga
answered on Aug 26, 2022

Use of force is a factual question in every case. That being said, use of force against a human is vastly different than use of force against an animal. There is a chance you may run afoul of animal abuse laws, local ordinances, and other. But a dog can kill you.

If this is a continuous...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: Can I go to jail if I break up with my boyfriend and take my dog that he gave me with me

Can I go to jail if I take my dog with me whenever I move out for my boyfriend's house he gave me the dog but it's not his dog is mine what kind of proof do I need that she belongs to me and is there anything that he can do to me if I take my dog with me he don't take care of her and... Read more »

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Aug 23, 2022

Dear Mrs,

the proof of dog ownership should be available at your local vet station where dog should have been registered on his first medical examination. Also some cities hold their own records about dog owners, so contacting local city hall can also possibly help you. If you are the owner...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Dog is registered to me & my address through vet & the city. Can my ex keep him from me

Ex of 8 yrs won't share our dog, we got 1st month we got together...I done everything for this dog. Since my ex has realized he's not getting me back he now won't let me have our dog..

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Aug 23, 2022

Dear Mrs or Mr,

dog should be in your ownership according to what you described, that means you shall have right to have him, and right to decide where the dog will live.

I advice you to warn your ex that you can sue him and get your dog back this way. And that would be very costly...
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