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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Is it the law to have you dog vaccinated by a license veterinarian?

I went in front of the justice of the peace yesterday I was being sued for a stray dog that was left all day without water, food, or any kind of care, the person who claimed to be the owner has stated multiple times to two different police officers myself my husband and other people that she had no... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 30, 2021

You can file an appeal and a stay in district court.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Gave my dog away now animal control wants me to claim him, do I have to call them back?

If not my dog anymore why do I have to claim him? Dog can not come back to our house because he is dangerous around our baby.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 29, 2021

Why not claim him to avoid charges, them properly surrender him or her to a rescue who can rehome him or her? Problem solved all around.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Our bearded dragon was taken from my ex fiance at the hospital and the shelter gave him to me do I have to give him back

She was taken to the hospital the police and hospital took the dragon and placed him in a shelter a few days later they released the bearded dragon to me and I have him registered as my esa can they take him from me or press charges

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jun 29, 2021

If the pet belongs to her, then you need to return it. She paid for it I presume? If you keep property that does not belong to you it is criminal theft and you can serve time in jail. Additionally, she can sue you civilly for monetary damages she incurs because of your actions.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on
Q: My dad's partner of 12 Years passed away and was the owner of a mini Goldendoodle 3 years old.

Her daughter of her estate said my dad could keep the dog and if anything happens to my dad to where he can't care for the dog not to give him to anyone else but her we agreed, 2 months later her husband started asking for weekend visitations and my dad did not agree to that. then we get a... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 29, 2021

You might be stuck. Right or wrong, animals are considered property. And in this case, the dog is property of the estate, to which your dad has no claim unless they were married at the time or if a will directs otherwise.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Should I contact a lawyer regarding a dog bite that has left me with over 15 stitches and glued punctures on my leg

I've never been in situation before and want to know if I should pursue the owners for my damaged leg

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Jun 28, 2021

Depending on the circumstances and where the dog bite took place, you may or may not be able to prove liability in relation to local laws. The second issue is weather there is insurance or a deep enough pocket to pay. Most home owners and business owners have insurance. If you were attacked by... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: I purchased a deformed puppy and the breeder refuses any type of refund. Do I sue?

I paid full price for a puppy. I bought it as a pet with the intention of breeding. When I took her for the first vet appointment I learned of a disability and my vet said she shouldn’t breed. I asked the breeder for a refund and she refused. She said I could return the puppy and be on a waiting... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 23, 2021

The question is was it the type of deformation that a breeder should have been able to spot--not all such deformations are able to be detected without specialized knowledge. As the person claiming, it's on you to show through expert testimony that the breeder had to have known about that.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Real Estate Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Alabama on
Q: Myself and 8 others own an undivided lot lot with boathouses and lake access. a new is using the lot. Can he w/o permi?

The new neighbor lives adjacent to our undivided lot and got the idea if he kept it up then they could use it for extra room when having get togethers. I am concerned about injuries and them claiming the lot for themselves since they kept it up and used it for all those years. Am I correct in... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Jun 23, 2021

I believe you have answered you question: contact an attorney in your area, discuss your situation and/or give him the above post, and ask what to do/what does he recommend.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims on
Q: A friend of my boyfriend offered to take my puppy to the vet and now won't return him

I found him that morning in the living ro they all got out side some how and he was hurt. I didn't know how but he look like he'd been in a fight or hit by a car . I have 5 of them he was only one hurt. Now the man says I did it and he's not returning him. What can I do my puppies... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 23, 2021

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You could reach out to attorneys in the Chicago area to discuss in further detail - it could be one person's word against another's. I hope your dog has a healthy recovery. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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.

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