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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 Idaho on
Q: How can we get our neighbors to quit falsely accusing us of neglect? Do we have grounds to sue for false reports?

Idaho: We have lived here for 13 years with 1 consistent neighbor so we are almost certain it’s them. They called animal control for neglect. Saying our dog was outside all day in the sun, he was outside with us while we picked cherries from our tree. Our back yard gets maybe 3 hours of sun... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on May 13, 2021

A neighbor like this is the last thing you need in enjoying your summer! Their conduct fits the definition for possibly 2 misdemeanor, criminal charges:

Disturbing the Peace: 18-6409. DISTURBING THE PEACE. (1) Every person who maliciously and willfully disturbs the peace or quiet of any...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Idaho on
Q: i’m thinking about pressing charges on my ex for animal cruelty and killing my puppy, what do i need to so this

there were multiple occasions where she was in his care and she got severely injured.

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Jan 15, 2021

Cruelty to animals WAS a crime in Idaho, until the wealthy farmers and ranchers in Idaho prevailed upon the Idaho Legislature, which acquiesced, lost their moral compass and agreed to repeal the state law. Now, the only thing you prosecute under is the City Code against cruelty to animals. Boise... Read more »

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Q: I was given a dog. The people that gave me the dog now want it back. Can I legally charge them any amount I want?

They emailed me the papers, but I never had the dog registered in my own name. I have paid for rabies, kennel cough, and distemper shots. I have paid for grooming. I have paid for food, toys, treats, etc.

I made an agreement to give the dog back if they wanted her within 2 months. It's... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Dec 15, 2020

As an "addendum" to my earlier advice, let me say that you are WELL within your rights to sell a dog that you own, for as much money as you can get. Of course, without seeing the actual agreement, there is no way to determine what "conditions," you and the previous owners... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Idaho on
Q: If a dog was given to me and the papers were emailed to me can I charge the people money if they want it back?

Dog papers were emailed to me, but I never had the dog registered in my own name. I have paid for rabies, kennel cough, and distemper shots. I have paid for grooming. I have paid for food, toys, treats, etc.

The previous owners want her back even though I told them no a couple of times. We... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Dec 10, 2020

Before I can answer any question I first need to make sure that I am understanding the question.

1. You purchased a dog from previous owner?

2. You paid the dog's Vet bills, amounting to $2,000?

3. The previous owners now want the dog back?

4. You gave the...
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Q: If someone tells you the puppies they are selling come from papered parents and the parents really aren’t papered is it

Illegal and can they get in trouble?

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Aug 26, 2020

Yes they can. At a minimum your sale, if you purchased a puppy under false pretenses, will be voided and the seller will have to refund your money. At worst, the seller is possibly guilty of "fraud." Fraud is serious. It requires you to prove that the seller 1. Made a statement which... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Idaho on
Q: My dog fell into a sprinkler shut off valve with no cover

This happened on july 23, 2020 on the street of 10th and miller

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Jul 28, 2020

What is your question?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Idaho on
Q: I got a dog and a guy say it his dog I been take care of him for 6 months .can the guy just come and take him
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 16, 2020

If you bought the dog then no, the dog is yours. If he left the dog with you to take care of for a period of time, then yes, the dog is his and he can ask for it back any time. More information is needed to answer this question.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for Idaho on
Q: I was evicted from my grandmother's house without a written. I have a 3000$ dog I wasn't able to take so my family gave

Him Away without my consent or anything. I have all the papers on him and proof. The person that has him is trying to charge me a fee for taking care of him and stuff. Is there anything I can do?

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Jul 16, 2020

You were staying with your grandmother, right? You brought your $3,000 dog with you, right? You did something that caused your grandmother to 86 you, right? But you didn't take your dog. Now grandma is going to feed and water your dog FOR FREE? I don't see that happening. It was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Idaho on
Q: My landlord is keeping my pet deposit for scratches on her door that she showed me. I couldn't see any. I've had people

Over and they could not see any either. I took pictures but my phone got stolen. When I moved out I gave her a demand letter which she did not respond to. She never gave me a letter telling me why she was keeping my deposit. She also never kept my deposits in a separate account. Regarding my... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Mar 15, 2020

It is the security deposit that landlords are NOT entitled to keep. If your contract HAS a provision for a pet deposit, the landlord’s keeping it COULD BE a pitifully slow way for her to build her fortune, one pet deposit after another! But I doubt that. Instead I think that your dear pet MSY... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Idaho on
Q: My sister abandoned her dog and she called the police and said that I'm holding her dog against her

In November 2018 my sister move with me to Idaho a month later she moved back to California and she moved in a motel room she left her dog and I told her that we was going to bring her dog back to her but it's been raining and it's been snowing in Idaho and I told her if she wait to the... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Mar 14, 2019

Your sister is full of it. You don't need to give her dog back, she abandoned it. 90 days, whether or not it is raining or snowing, is plenty of time to come get a dog that you claim you want back. So, if you don't want the dog, just take it to the pound and tell sister that I DARE HER... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for Idaho on
Q: If someone comes uninvited onto my property and let's out my dogs, can I hold them responsible for any damages?

I live in a trailer court that only allows a four foot chain link fence. It is accessible by anyone walking on the sidewalk. I am confident that someone opened my fence on purpose to allow my dogs to get out. While they were out, they killed a neighbors rabbits and although the neighbors... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Feb 16, 2019

Your defense is not good unfortunately. Short of getting a signed confession rom the person who lifted the bar that allowed the dogs to escape, I’m afraid that you’re absolutely 100% liable.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Idaho on
Q: Can I be sued for trespassing and shelter fees?

I was having a conversation with the dog's owner when the dog came up, wanting to be petted. Owning a dog, I naturally began to pet the dog while carrying on the conversation. The dog suddenly became aggressive and bit me. This is not the first time this dog has attacked someone. I am now... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 12, 2018

If you are speaking to the owner you are not trespassing unless there's something I'm missing. If you knew the dog was dangerous you may be considered careless for putting your hand down, unless you felt that with the owner there the dog wouldn't do anything.

If the owner...
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