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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can i defend my dog with a firearm if it is getting trampled to death in my backyard as a felon. Girlfriends gun. Locked

It was locked and i gained access to it and tried all other means for help i could think of. Only charged with Unlawful possession of a firearm and nothing else. Cop justified the shooting of the cow.

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Jan 27, 2023

I am sorry but NO you can not possess a firearm for any reason. Make sure you follow the law so that you don't get charged with an offense that can be avoided by just remembering that your past actions have consequences.

Have a great day

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: My friend’s ex-partner is suing for the dog after a breakup. My friend (dog owner) had the dog for several years prior

To them meeting or even cohabiting. While together she paid for all of the dog’s vet and grooming needs and became very attached. Does she have any legal standing? Can money and entitlement take this dog from the true owner?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 27, 2023

Dogs aren’t like children. They are property. Whoever owns the dog, owns the dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: If someone took my dog to foster until July 1st but had them chipped but now changed their mind. Can they keep him?

She offered to foster him until July 1st so I could get on my feet and now changed her mind and don’t want to give him back. She had him chipped for protection of losing him and agreed to transfer it over to me by that date. Now, she’s attached and says she can’t give him back to me. I have... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 25, 2023

No. She cannot keep the dog. Hire a lawyer and sue her for theft, conversion and fraud.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Business Law for New York on
Q: Is a contract legal in New York if the seller didn’t sign the contract only the buyer signed

Dog purchase

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 24, 2023

The business litigation attorneys here could offer the best analysis, but you await a response for two weeks. The short answer is that a contract signed by only one person could be enforceable. Some contracts could be in the form of a one-sided purchase agreement. If there's a significant... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: My neighbors dogs came into my yard killed my male dog 2 years ago the owner wouldnt even pay me for the vet bill.

3 days ago the neighbor dogs 4 came in my house thru the dog door and killed my female dog what can i do

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 24, 2023

You can sue your neighbor for the fair market value of your dead dog.

A jury or judge will have to determine you and your neighbor’s proportionate share of responsibility most like based on each of your negligence.

If your neighbor is found to be more than 50% responsible, you...
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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Animal / Dog Law and Intellectual Property for Idaho on
Q: Can I legally sell an image I took of a friends cow without their written consent or do I need a property release?

I took photos of a friends cows about 3 years ago. Last week discovered that she was trying to sell my images on Etsy. When I asked her not to she then proceeded to tell me I am not allowed to sell images of her cows, that she has never given me permission. Do I need a property release from her if... Read more »

Robert E. Wasserman
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Robert E. Wasserman
answered on Jan 24, 2023

Yes, you can legally sell the photographs. The practical enforcement of your copyrights, however, is a bit more complex. Recording a collection of a work of photographs with the U.S. Copyright Office should provide you with a useful tool to swiftly remove infringing articles from major online U.S.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Can my mom sue her neighbor for shooting her dog that was on their property? Told them if they were to just use a bb gun

The day before her dog was playing with one of their chickens in the yard and she took the chicken home and asked they not shoot her dog if he was in their yard. She asked that if they did to just use a bb gun. They said they did not have a bb gun but they did have a pellet gun not a bb gun. She... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 22, 2023

Maybe.

But your mom had a duty to keep her dog in her own yard. So your mom could share some of the legal responsibility.

And your damages will be measured by the price or value of the pup.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: My neighbors dog broke the fence boarding our two yards, and impregnated my dog, can I sue for vet fees?

It’s clear by the damage on the fence that it was pushed from his side, also my dog is in heat which would explain why his unfixed male dog wanted to get through so badly. On top of this, my dog is a pure bread GSD which I had intentions on breeding, her puppy’s would have sold for a minimum of... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 21, 2023

Theoretically.

You and your neighbor share mutual responsibility for maintaining your common fence. Your neighbor is also responsible for keeping his dog properly restrained. You had superior knowledge that you dog was in heat and would therefore attract the attention of male dogs in the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My dog that I keep in my garage saw my neighbors dog and chased it down and attacked and killed their dog. What do I do?

my dog is usually kept inside and always on a chain. He seen the neighbors dog in our yard and took off after it.

My husband ran and tried to split them up. He done everything he could.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 19, 2023

Give it a few days and then contact the neighbor and see if what you can do to resolve the situation. Unfortunately, you are liable for the death of your neighbors dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Is it legal for my landlord to talk to the ex housemate that assulted me in a domestic violence. Who call4 dog assult?

The roommate was told he has to move and now the landlord doesn't want to rent toe just the other roommate but they talk to each other and other people about me and eviction court and conspire stories to make up to try to get the judge to favor them the guy assulted me and the landlord and... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Jan 18, 2023

I am not seeing much of a question here so it is difficult to know how to respond. IF your question is can the landlord and now ex-tenant talk about you between themselves, the answer is of course - you have no right to control who someone talks to or what they talk about. If you believe they are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I live in a multi family apartment complex, my neighbor makes a lot of noise, loud music and loud barking dog.

I have reported this to my landlord, property manager and leasing staff via email and in person more than 30 times since September 18, 2022, the day my neighbor moved in. But over 4 months later now very little has changed. My property manager kept asking me to present 3rd party confirmation but... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Jan 18, 2023

First, if you are in Multnomah County and the dog either barks for more than 10 minutes straight or intermittently for more than 30 minutes, gather your proof (record it?) and file a complaint with Multnomah County Animal Control. The process can take some pursuit but they do try to enforce the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can my landlord evict me for having a “pet” if I have a ESA.

I provided them with the documents they needed and their response was “You knew you was not allowed any pets.” I’ve completed a 12 month lease but they wanted to go month to month when it was up so now I’m month to month and they’re trying to evict me.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 16, 2023

No. You may have a claim against the landlord.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: What should I do my dog has been missing for almost a month I found a page of it rescue shelter that has her picture

But they say that it's not my dog when the lady sent me the paperwork to show me that the dog was a court dog she sent me a dog picture of a terrier so I let her know that the Chihuahua is who I'm talking about and then she said she doesn't have it but I clearly see the photo what... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 16, 2023

First, go to the shelter and make absolutely sure it is your dog. If so, take all the paperwork of proof of ownership to the shelter and show them. Pay any fees associated with her board while she’s been gone. If they won’t give you the dog, hire a lawyer and file suit.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: I need a lawyer to get my dog back
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Contact you local bar association or legal aid society for a list of lawyers who can help you.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on
Q: My puppy has to be put down due to severe behavioral issues they were born with. Can I sue the breeder?

We purchased a puppy from a breeder in MO (were in a different state) that advertises family friendly dogs. Our vet behaviorist confirmed our pup was born was severe behavioral issues (anxiety, aggression, and more). Many trainers also agree. Puppy is unresponsive to meds, and due to the severity... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Unless your contract contains an arbitration clause, then of course you may sue the breeder, assuming you are willing and able to pay to litigate in Missouri. Have an attorney review the contract and assess whether you'd have a strong claim. Sorry that your pub isn't what you expected or desired.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: What can I do with a dog I cannot afford that has paperwork that my mother bought without asking if it was okay?

My mother decided to take it upon herself to buy a purebred Great Pyrenees (huge dog) and ship it to my house for my family. The dogs papers have my moms name on it and a lot of agreements, one which is to never give the animal to a rescue. I cannot afford this animal at all and when I told my... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jan 16, 2023

You are not a party to the contract with the seller which your mother signed. Thus, you are not bound by the terms of the contract and don't owe whatever your mother may still owe. And she gave it to you; it's yours to do with as you please.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: My landlord denied my request for an ES by claims that the dog will cause accidents on the carpet. How to dispute?

The dog I am interested in is a Cavapoo hypoallergenic and how not entered the property. They are denying because I mentioned the puppy is also going to be a PSD in training but the puppy will be an ESA first.

Steven Warren Smollens
Steven Warren Smollens
answered on Jan 11, 2023

You can't really dispute the known fact that a Cavapoo puppy will have accidents, one because it is small and has a small bladder and two when training needs to be walked a lot.

"...Toilet training a Cavapoo, can sometimes be a challenge, although smart dogs, they also have quite...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: What do we do about the new neighbors dogs and verbal abuse?

Our neighbors who moved in recently have two Great Danes. We have a Catahoula Leopard. Our dog is super friendly and social with people and other dogs.

The dogs were okay at first, just sniffing and barking. Then their dogs started digging under our fence and barking aggressively every... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jan 11, 2023

If Animal Control won't help you with this issue, you could hire a lawyer to send a cease-and-desist letter, demanding she stop the abusive conduct, or else. What is the "or else"? You could sue to enjoin the nuisance (seek a court order to stop specified acts). That would be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: If i am the victim of an attack, and want the attacker to pay for damages, is the attacker entitled to itemized receipts

This was a dog attack. my dog sustained most of the injuries.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 10, 2023

In a court of law, you will have to prove each and every element of your case, which in this context means that any monies/reimbursement you are seeking needs to be proven to be related to the incident. If the attacker contends that what you have provided is insufficient (and a Court agrees) then... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: I'm living in the mountains of bon air in white county Tennessee and my neighbor is complaining about my chickens

An goats going on there property is against the law for them to walk across there property

Henry Ambrose
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answered on Jan 8, 2023

Letting your livestock run loose can be a crime. If they do any damage, you could be sued.

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