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2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander, Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: I need to know how to get my stolen cat returned. Unfortunately, it’s not taken as seriously as, say, a car.

She was stolen by my ex just to hurt me. She’s filed false papers claiming my cat is her “companion cat”. I have all the proof & witnesses to support the truth in this matter.

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Jun 28, 2022

You might want to consider small claims court in light of the fact that most attorneys charge $300-$400 per hour. You cannot have an attorney in small claims court. If you obtain a judicial order for in junctive relief for the return of the cat, she would be in contempt of court if she does not... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: Me and my ex split two weeks ago, we bought a dog together and she will not let me see him, do I have rights to see him?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jun 27, 2022

Dogs are considered personal property under the law. The owner of the dog is the purchaser. Evidence could include the name on the bill of sale, the name listed on the veterinarian's records, etc. Courts do not get involved in "visitation" issues for pets.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can you sue a dog daycare if your dog gets out and they can’t find her?

She was Getting groomed and the AC guy left the door open and she got out

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jun 24, 2022

Yes. Sue the dog day care snd the AC guy and his company also.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Indiana on
Q: I was visiting my parents with our cat. Their neighbor baited and trapped it and had it spayed what recourse do I have?

My dad ask him if he did it and he admitted it,even told him where he took it to have it done. He sign papers at the vet stating he owned the cat and was responsible for it. We are from Kentucky and were visiting my parents in elwood in.

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Jun 23, 2022

Presumably, the trap was set on the neighbor's property so the cat could not have been trapped unless it was out of your control, on the neighbor's property. If your father's neighbor does this routinely, to decrease the surplus population of feral cats, it is commendable that he... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Can police take my dog from his lead while looking for someone with an arrest warrant who use to live there?

I rent a room from a lady whos son is troublesome. The police had a arrest warrant for him but he wasn't there and neither was I at the time. They were mad because no one answered the door so they took my dog off of his leash and took him.

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Jun 22, 2022

They took your dog and left or they simply moved your dog to a different location? To be honest, if they claimed to be afraid of the dog then they could probably get away with shooting your dog dead.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: I’ve filed reports with Animal Control for “Theft of an animal”, & “Possession of a Stolen Animal.” No response.

7.005.129 - Possession of a Stolen Animal.

A. A person commits the offense of possession of a stolen animal if a person has in his/her care, custody, possession or control an animal not owned by that person and not placed by the owner/caretaker of that animal, in the persons care, custody... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Jun 21, 2022

Only non attorneys can appear in small claims court. If you know who has your cat and you can prove you own the cat, you could file a case in small claims court and ask for injunctive relief for the return of your cat. You could also hire an attorney on an hourly basis to file a civil suit for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: If my dog broke off his chain and my neighbor ran him over can I sue him? He never stopped! Never braked!

Never checked his rearview mirror! I'm in Indiana. And if he would of stopped and i would have know sooner i may have been able to save him. 20 mins after he was hit i found him suffering in pain. This guy and his wife speed on all the streets in my little town constantly. Before this event we... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Jun 12, 2022

In Indiana, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident with a domesticated animal before you call the pet's owner or animal control. As a dog lover, I feel your pain. That said, if the driver had lost control while taking evasive action, you would be responsible for all property damage... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation, Small Claims and Personal Injury for South Carolina on
Q: I and my dog were detained by law enforcement in a hot car. Despite my pleas to please let us out or to give my dog

Water or to let me turn on my car to provide AC for my dog, the policemen would not let me do anything to help my dog despite me pleading with them. My dog died of heat stroke. Can I hold those policemen responsible for Bear's death? I may be reached at:

Roy Willey
Roy Willey
answered on Jun 7, 2022

I am so sorry that happened to you. As to a case, potentially, yes but generally in South Carolina pets are only reimbursed at “market value” as property. However, you may also have a case against them depending on the nature of your detention. Be advised state agencies are subject to a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: My pit got off his leash while walking run up to another dog, the other dog (pit) badly injured my dog Who's at fault?

Her dog would not let go of my dogs neck.

My dog ran home which was two houses down from the incident with the dog attached to him.

Neighbors came out trying to help get the dog off of mine.

I have paid her vet bill 1,200

And mine which has cost me about $4,000 and... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Jun 1, 2022

Your instincts are correct. Your dog got out of its collar and caused injury to the other dog. When your dog got out of its collar, it was out of your control and any injury or damage that resulted is your responsibility. If the woman who was walking the other dog injured her finger, you are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: my aunt was watching my 2 dogs and i was away when i returned she had givimg them away to a

or without out my permision inever wanted her to do that thry are my babies so i contacted the place and they have refused to return them i have called emailed won in small claims court then rhey turn around with out me knowing vacted the claim and they still refues to return them i dont have any... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
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Benjamin Z. Katz
answered on Jun 1, 2022

To recover your dogs, you would need to commence and action for replevin.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: I cannot find the court docket that shows my appointment with the judge

Arrested for aggravated felony Cruelty to Animals. Paper shows court date is 8:30 am Tuesday, 5/31/22

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 30, 2022

The courthouse is closed today (Memorial Day) is closed so I suggest that you simply show up at the district courthouse in the jurisdiction you were arrested Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. You do not want to miss your court date as that would result in a bench warrant being issued. Since you have a felony... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Kentucky on
Q: If someone says I hit there dog on the road. And didn't stop. Can I be charged with a crime in kentucky
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on May 26, 2022

Most likely not, no, unless they can somehow probe you did it on purpose.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: I won my civil case, what's next?

So after the judge made his judgement. He said my ex had until the end of the month to return my dog. What happen is she doesn't return my dog or what steps can i take to enforce the judgement?

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on May 20, 2022

If she does not return your dog, you may apply to the court for an order of contempt (i.e. that she did not comply with the court's order) and serve it on her. There will be additional legal penalties imposed on her for doing so.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: Who would be in violation if an unleashed dog runs up to a leashed dog and the leashed dog attacks unleashed dog?

The leashed dog was in front of its home and unleashed dog ran to it.

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on May 19, 2022

The owner of the unleashed dog would be liable for dog at large and the owner of the leashed dog could be liable for dangerous dog with the potential defense of provocation.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: An SDGE tree contract worker came onto my property, hit my dog and left without notifying me. Is there anything i can do

Pet was visibly ran over by a car.

I have a few acers, and my dogs are usually out and about on my property.

An SDGE contractor came to our home to inspect and clear around any electric poles.

I could hear as they sped off but didn't think anything of it. I have... Read more »

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on May 16, 2022

You should be able to make a claim with SDGE for personal property damage for your dog, and the driver and/or the company may also be liable for animal cruelty. If SDGE denies your claim, you may be able to sue for civil damages.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Why am I being told I can't adopt my boyfriend dog back after the humane office took it

Sent to court and had hearing and a 600 bind was set for the care of him and again my boyfriend is the owner of this dog but he is my ESA dog

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on May 15, 2022

You are being told that you cannot adopt the dog because your boyfriend still owns the dog unless he fails to pay that $600 cost of care

bond the court just set. If he fails maintain ownership during the case by missing any payments, typically he forfeits his ownership which then goes to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: Is Regulations on Assistance Animals (ESAs) Legal?

Hi, I live in a single family home, in Missouri, which is public housing. I was prescribed by a psychologist an assistance animal to help with my severe generalized anxiety and depression. I went to speak with my landlord and they gave me a thick sheet of “rules” i have to follow such as;... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on May 15, 2022

This is not legal per the Fair Housing Act as a blanket set of rules. Reasonable restrictions can be requested by the landlord if your particular emotional support animal(s) would somehow interfere with the living situation of other residents/ the character of neighborhood (for example your... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on
Q: Can I sue a business for losing my dog??

I took my dog to a doggy day care about 2days ago when I arrived to pick him up they inform that somehow he got free and bolted through the dog I have yet to find him so I wanted to know what are my options and how to go about them. Thanks

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on May 15, 2022

In short the answer is yes. But it would make more sense to start with demanding more information as to what happened, ask to see any surveillance videos etc to see if you can somehow get some clue as to what may have happened or where he ran off to.

Also find out if your state regulates/...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My ex-girlfriend stole my cat. Can I get my cat back?

My ex-girlfriend showed up to my apartment uninvited requesting to retrieve the remainder of her items. I allowed her in and she ended up staying a while. I had fallen asleep and when I woke up, my ex and my cat were both gone. I had adopted the cat after we broke up and have documentation that I... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on May 15, 2022

Yes you can still sue her for replevin. I’d also add claims for civil theft (possibility of being awarded attorney fees and triple damages), and also a claim for conversion which has a different mental state requirement than civil theft. The key is getting a show cause hearing set.

The...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: The state picked up charges i filed against someone. I am being called as a witness. Do i nees a lawyer?

This is a dangerous animal case. My neighbors dog charged under a fence and attacked my dog Can they legally bring the dangerous animal near me/my home? This happens so often that i missed the first court date because i was afraid leave my home to check the mail. What is considered witness... Read more »

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on May 11, 2022

In most instances victims of crime or witnesses who report crimes do not need an attorney. As a victim, assuming that’s the situation, you have an attorney already through the government, whether it’s a city prosecutor, an assistant district attorney, or a Assistant US attorney. But, It... Read more »

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