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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury on
Q: What can be done about 5 pit bulls attacking my son and killing his dog in his own yard.

Son at friends house. His dog was with him. Pit bulls in next door yard. They were barking and before my son knew what happened they were out growling and nipping at him and his dog tried to save him. They drug Lucy into their yard and proceeded to shred her and my son tried to stop them and the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 21, 2021

Take photos of your sons injuries, get him medical treatment, contact an attorney who is a member of the Louisiana Assn for Justice/louisiana Trial Lawyers Assn in the county where this happened. They give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: We purchased an 8 wk goldendoodle from breeder in KY. We picked him up on 6/10/21, had papers from breeder/vet.

Puppy DX w/parvo 2nd day we had him, is there any liability that goes back to breeder? Puppy made it home after being at vet hospital for 6 days

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 18, 2021

It depends on the terms of your contract with the breeder. It should set out the terms and responsibilities of both parties.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Idaho on
Q: I’ve been caring for my son’s dog for two years Do I have legal rights to keep him?

I have taken care of this dog in every aspect from food and loving him. He’s content and safe.

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Jun 18, 2021

YES YOU CAN KEEP HIM: if you and your son agreed that you could.

NO YOU CANNOT KEEP HIM: if your son did not agree that you could.

It's as simple as that.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: dog got hit and killed
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 17, 2021

I am sorry to hear that. However I don't see any facts or a question.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: What can I do if my neighbor threatens to call the pound because my dog escaped through the fence and goes to his yard?

My dog is a pit and I am currently visiting my mother. She has a fenced house with a gate and he has found spots through the gate to escape through. We have been reinforcing the fence in these spots but he seems to find a way. He is not aggressive and has never biten anything or anyone.

Boe Lynn Bowen
Boe Lynn Bowen answered on Jun 16, 2021

Threatening to call the pound is not a crime by itself.

Facts might change this: like he is making threats multiple times a day. Depending on how and how often this occurs you might have a harassment claim.

I would encourage you to ensure your fence is in order and the animal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: My neighbor is complaining about my dog's barking. Could he/she prosecute me or force me to get rid of my dog.
Toshinori Isoai
Toshinori Isoai answered on Jun 16, 2021

She may not get rid of your dog just for the excesssive barking, but your neighbor may have a private nuisance claim against you on the ground that your dog interfered with his right to quiet use and enjoyment of his property. Your neighbor has the burden of proof.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Louisiana on
Q: if someone pays part of cost to buy dog as gift, can they claim & win ownership in court?

microchip in my name, vet records and registration papers in my name. sheriff's office refused to intervene despite paperwork, stating civil matter.

*I filed suit with justice of peace.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 16, 2021

File for civil conversion with the justice of the peace.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: My dog bit a house painting crew member that we hired.

Hello, so we hired a painting company to paint the inside of our house. My wife advised them that she would be working from home in the bedroom and our chihuahua shitzu mix dog would be in there with her. Later in the day when taking the dog outside, my wife got distracted and the dog ran upstairs... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 16, 2021

Yes, be sure to notify your insurance carrier of the situation. If you sell, the insurance carrier would still be responsible for this potential claim.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: Do I have a case of a snake hit me in the market

On side of my face

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 15, 2021

Without more details and facts, your question cannot be answered. Did somebody own the snake as a pet, and negligently allowed it to escape or come into contact with you? Was the market inside a retail building, or open air? Encounters with wild animals in public spaces, and even on private... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: When can we take ownership of kitten with a microchip that owner does not call back?

We found a kitten and the vet has been calling and leaving voicemails for a week on the number listed on the chip. When are we allowed to take ownership and get the vet to give the kitten an exam and vaccines?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 14, 2021

As soon as the vet agrees to release the cat to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I appeal a small claims court order since there was no monetary judgement filed?

I was sued by my ex over a dog that we adopted while together but has lived with me 90% of the time since we separated. For the eight years since we separated, I would let him take the dog from time to time but never more than a week and usually just a few days. He’s lived in the same place since... Read more »

Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Jun 14, 2021

First, I am not a CA lawyer. But it seems that the "order" IS a final judgment, thus you can appeal this order to the next level. Whether the appeal is de novo OR on the record, I can't tell.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: So my mom won’t let my dad have my dog over to his house cause my dog is comforting her new boyfriend who is bipolar

My mom and dad bought the dog and gave him to me my name is on his collar can I legally take my dog to my dads and leave him there? Also I would like for my dog to stay at my dads because he is diabetic and has kidney failure so I want my dog to be his service animal he wants that also. My dad... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jun 14, 2021

Yes legally you can take your dog to your dad’s house and leave him there.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: I have my puppy for 7 months & I sell him for $100 now regret it & want him back but the owner won’t give him back.
Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jun 14, 2021

When you legally sell something, you give up your rights to it in exchange for some form of consideration. In this case, money. Regret is not a valid reason to void the transaction.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: My ex kept and will not give my dog back. The dog is chipped under my name and vet is under my name.

While moving out took the dogs paperwork. I have paid most of dogs bills and have been primary caregiver.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 14, 2021

How was the dog acquired, who was present when it was acquired, was there a contract/adoption agreement, whose name in on the paperwork, did money exchange hands, who paid, were the two of you already living together at the time or if not with whom did the dog reside before you two began living... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My lease states I can have my dogs. Now the landlord is saying they can't be at the property
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 11, 2021

See what your lease says about changes. If your lease expired and you are on month to month, he can say they can't be at the property the following month. Under no circumstances hand him the lease--always hand people copies of documents, you retain the original.

The other option is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: someone gave me a dog 5 months ago and now out of the blue after not once checking on him they want him back.

unfortunately he is chipped in their name . i have most recent vet records in mine

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 10, 2021

Tell them no, get the dog licensed and shots, try to get them to admit in person or on the phone that they gave you the dog, and record it.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Colorado on
Q: If I bought a dog from somebody and they weren't up to date on the shots and I wanted to return the dog and get a refund

And is it illegal to sell a dog without up-to-date shots to somebody

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jun 9, 2021

Depending on where the dog came from, it is very likely a PACFA violation. Age could also be a problem (a dog sold too young (i.e., less than 8 weeks old) to receive certain shots is a violation - although dogs do not have all their shots at 8 weeks due to boosters being necessary over a period of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for Colorado on
Q: Can I sue for defamation for a neighbor spreading lies about our dog?

Our neighbor has been spreading lies about our dogs for years. Saying they were viscous, they have attacked them, etc. Our dog got into some trouble and their lies caused the situation to escalate quickly and resulted in our dog being taken away for 6 weeks, and going through a whole ordeal. In... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jun 8, 2021

Unfortunately, no because Colorado views dogs as property so that would be like suing for defamation for someone spreading lies about your couch. But you will need representation if you have been cited for a criminal violation by animal control. If you can prove your neighbors engaged in abuse of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: Animal cruelty felony conviction 597(a) affect on asylum case? is that an "automatic" rejection?

Hello, I have an animal cruelty case with an offer to accept home detention and felony conviction. If I accept the settlement conviction, would it be automatically bar my asylum case? I am waiting on individual hearing.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 8, 2021

MORE INFO NEEDED.

HOWEVER, THAT IS NOT SO MUCH A CRIMINAL LAW QUESTION AS IT IS AN IMMIGRATION QUESTION.

YOU SHOULD MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A LOCAL IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY ASAP AS YOUR CASE APPEARS TO BE PENDING.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Does a tenant have a case of Constructive Eviction if another tenant does not resolve their animal noise?
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jun 8, 2021

In Virginia, constructive eviction is generally applied when there is physical damage to the premises, such as the roof caving in, that causes the tenant to not be able to live in the premises. Animal noise, by itself, would not be considered in Virginia a claim for constructive eviction.

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