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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I was asked to take care of a dog for a few days. A few months have passes.How long before i claim a dog as my own,
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 21, 2021

You need to file a notice of abandoned property. Contact your local police department to do this, you should give notice to the former owner of the dog. You should contact a local Landlord/Tenant attorney to discuss your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Animal control made me surrender two of my dogs by threatening to seize all four of my dogs and taking me to jail.

They assumed my dog had mange but she didn't. She actually never grew hair back fully because of a medical condition she had been treated for 8 years ago.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 21, 2021

Sorry to hear that you dog was suffering from a medical condition. But you have not posed a question here. Are they tesing your dog for Mange? Or are they just putting her down? Are you trying to get the dog returned? If you have a claim against a governmental agency, you must first file a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: Human society refuses to operate on my dog if I don't spay her as well. is this legal after a visit and bloodwork done?

She has a mammary growth she was seen for and needs it test and removed. Is a clinic allowed to refuse to help you after working w them if I don't do as they say especially one that is supposed to help lower income individual and their pet in need of medical attention?

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Sep 20, 2021

Yes. They can refuse.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: Bit by dog at work, owner never filed report to police. Been 6 days and no vaccination records even. Should I sue?

Bite happened on the job. They didn’t think I needed to go to the hospital so I took myself the next morning for tetanus shot and got antibiotics. Work didn’t even contact the owner for 3 days to discuss attack. Been over 6 days and I have no vaccination records, no doctor bills paid and am... Read more »

Michael Lewis Eisner
Michael Lewis Eisner answered on Sep 20, 2021

You pose a very interesting question. The claims against your employer would be limited to workers' compensation. You can open a claim on the Ohio BWC website. However, the owner, keeper and/or harborer of the dog has strict liability. The only defenses are teasing and tormenting the dog... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I shot a bird out of a window in Oklahoma and got called in and pulled over

What is the punishment

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 20, 2021

You should contact a criminal attorney. There are things you will need to clarify .... out of a window (car, truck, house, etc...) if a vehicle (moving or stationary) ... what kind of bird (protected or not protected) - etc.... Your question is not specific enough for this type of forum and you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: How many dogs can a single household house in the city of Westerville Ohio?

I'm curious because I would like to care for dogs in my home and wanted to know what the city deemed appropriate for one household. I figured if I knew the number it may help my application for a variance or special use permit. I personally would never house more than 5 dogs at one time. Thank you!

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 17, 2021

There are multiple factors here that need to be considered based on the facts you provided. I suggest sitting down with a business or real estate attorney in or adjacent to Westerville. For your reference, the City Ordinances can be found at the URL below.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Hello sir. I bought a puppy in early august for 600$ everything was fine then theytext me dog was sick and i had to pay

I had to pay 450$ then as the month goes on no dog i had to pay for food was200 then it went 300 . now they wont a special crate for 800 but the lady i bought the from said she pay300 then he told he demanded his money he calling the police for abanden thdog i called the dublin ohio police they... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 17, 2021

No question is asked here. For guidance on your specific situation you will need to sit down with an attorney to review the facts in detail. There are numerous additional factors that will need to be evaluated to determine what rights you may have.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: outside city limits. neighbors dogs get in my trash and approach me and bark at me in my yard. what are my rights?

They have 3 mostly pit dogs, one great dane, and two smaller dogs. all unleashed and unfenced. They also go into my garage and take things.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 14, 2021

As a land owner you have the right to defend yourself on your property, however, the first thing to do is call the Sheriffs office in your county and have them come out. They may be able to speak with the dogs owner and resolve the situation without any harm to you, the dogs, or the neighbor... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My roommate has a pit and I have Chihuahuas we keep them separated. My other roommate was drunk and opened my back door

While the pit was outside. He injured one of my dogs which I paid 1800. It wasn't the pits fault cause he wasn't trained. Can I sue my roommate that owns the dog for not training the dog and can I sue my other roommate who was drunk and opened my back door knowing the rule in the house to... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 13, 2021

Sorry your dog was attacked and injured. Certainly you can sue the individuals involved, use Small Claims Court, but before you do, you need to consider how you are going to collect on any Judgment you obtain against them. From what you say, you are living with several roommates, I would assume... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: Madison County……Is animal control allowed to be on private property without a warrant?

My toddler accidentally let our dog out. Animal control came by to pick up a stray that was roaming the neighborhood and causing some problems. I apologized and explained the situation. She told me I needed to go get her or she would have to pick her up. I pointed out that she was telling me I had... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 13, 2021

Animal Control Officers are Law Enforcement. And yes, they can go onto private property to aprehend animals without a Warrant. You might want to hire an attorney to work this out, as it can be difficult and expensive. It does not appear that you are capable of representing yourself.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: How long does my sister have to have her dead fiance's dog in her possession before it's legally hers

My sister's Fiance died on Monday and he had this dog before they even met but they were together for a little over a year and living together for about 4 months when he died his parents are to fragile to handle the dog and told her she should keep him on Friday a friend of his said he is... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Sep 12, 2021

The dog is personal property under the law. Personal property of a deceased person belongs to the deceased person's estate. When someone dies without a will, the law of intestate succession applies to determine the legal heirs entitled to inherit the estate assets. An unmarried person... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: Is there a sample or an example of how a Writ of Certiorari is to be written/ drafted for a Georgia Superior Court?
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Sep 10, 2021

I do not practice in the State of Georgia, however, if you contact the Georgia Superior Court clerk directly you may request a template or example of that legal document for your purposes.

Also, the Clerk may refer you the the court Referral Desk where there could be a possibility to find...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Q: why would a possession of stolen proprty charge be turned into a felony

the property was a dog

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Sep 9, 2021

Sorry to hear. The State may have determined that the value of the dog exceeded $750, which would result in a felony charge. The value of the dog is one of many potential issues that a criminal defense attorney can fight. It would be a good idea to call a criminal defense attorney today. Most of us... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: I have a dog I posted signs on my front porch Beware of dog a lady ignores the signs walks up on porch my dog bite her

Who responseable my dog is on a lesh she came on my property

Nelson Craig Johnson
Nelson Craig Johnson answered on Sep 9, 2021

In Alabama there are typically three instances where an owner can be responsible for a dog biting someone. 1) if the dog has known dangerous or vicious propensities. 2) If the dog is a breed that is listed on a dangerous breed list. For the State of Alabama that is only Pit Bulls. Counties or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: If pulled over in a car that belongs to soemone else. Can you be charged with things found in the car?

I have a valid license from California amd the car has California plates with current registration. I have a bill of sale but no title and its still registered to the last owner. I was pulled over in Nevada. Thry claim they found a small amount of drugs. The tow yard won't let me get any of my... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 6, 2021



1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Is it illegal to abandoned and not pick up a dog after asking someone to temporarily watch the dog?

Roommate accepted watching a dog from someone outside the household. Is days past the time for pick up and they haven't picked up the dog, and unable to get a hold of.

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 6, 2021

The roommate who agreed to watch the dog is responsible for its care unless he/she transfers it to a local humane society clearly stating all the details of ownership known to them, identifying the owner and disclosing the details about the owner can’t be contacted.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Neighbor yelled at me for letting my dog pee on the grass in a public area.

I was waking my dogs around the neighborhood and one peed on the grass. The area is a public area and NOT private property. He suggested I go all the way to the green belt and only let my dogs pee in those bushes. Which seems ridiculous. What are the laws about dogs peeing on grass in public areas?... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 6, 2021

In Littleton CO there is no ordinance pertaining to dog urine specifically, the closest thing I could find is this and I don’t believe it applies:


B. Annoying Odors: The maintenance on any premises in the City of a dog or other animal in such...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My dog went into neighbors yard and was horribly attacked. Neither on leashes and no fence Who is responsible for bills?

Both dogs were in their yards, no leashes. They both locked eyes and ran towards each other. It was right on the property line of their yard and our neighbors yard. Our dog is about 10lbs and this was a huge pit bull.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 6, 2021

Unfortunately, you are responsible.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Mississippi on
Q: fedex driver ran over and killed my dog on my property, i have security video of the incident. what charges if any?

lawyer hired by fedex claims it is our fault for letting the dog out on our own property. our county does have a leash law, but it specifically states that you become liable when dog leaves your property.

Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon answered on Sep 1, 2021

Depending on how the driver was handling the truck when this occurred, there may be a good argument to have FedEx at least pay some damages, though it would depend on the type of dog, bills associated with it, etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: A stray dog bit another dog. We caught the dog for animal control but are now being held liable for the attack.

Why am I being held responsible for a stray dog and what are my rights? We have had the police at our home several times because of the dog. Animal control said they're to full to take it. The humane society isn't accepting dogs. A cop threatened me with going to jail of I didn't... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 31, 2021

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