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Q: How long is a dog left with a pet sitter in Kentucky before they are considered abandoned?

He doesn't care for his dog like a dog owner should. He's left outside 24/7 in his own feces, fed 40 lb bag food, and when it's gone, he waits a few days and then dumps a new bag out. His dog escaped and asked neighbor to watch him for the weekend, and then 2 weeks later and has yet... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 29, 2022

Depends on numerous factors, such as length of sitter engagement, length past sitter engagement, viable explanation for delay, etc.

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Q: My neighbor refuses to keep their aggressive dogs in their yard, what can I do? what is the leash laws for carter co KY.

I have proof between messages with the owner and pictures of their dogs from phone pictures to my doorbell camera, as well as messages contacting the dog warden and local police. There is a criminal summons out for my neighbor and the cops said they cannot serve the warrant to her because of those... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 23, 2022

If they are dangerous or aggressive and they come on your property, the law permits you to shoot them. As for the carter County leash laws, you can find them at your library, animal control or possibly online.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can you sue someone for attempting to kill a valuable thoroughbred horse, if the attempt was thwarted & the horse was OK
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 7, 2022

You can prosecute them but there aren’t any damages in the facts you describe to give rise to a civil action.

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Q: Can you sue someone for attempting to kill a valuable thoroughbred horse, if the attempt was thwarted & the horse was OK
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Leland Hulbert
answered on Nov 7, 2022

There is a criminal charge for cruelty to animals and you could talk to local law-enforcement about potential charges. I’ve never heard of that being charged when the attempt was unsuccessful but it is possible if you have a good proof. As far as a civil lawsuit you would have to consult a civil... Read more »

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Q: my dogs escaped their kennel and attacked another dog leading to the other dogs death, what are my consequences

my dogs tore a hole in their chainlink fence and went to the neighbors and attacked and killed their dog, in return the neighbor shot and killed my dogs what are my consequences

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 1, 2022

Probably not any consequences (other than any property damage costs) if your dog was killed.

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Q: I have a guy right across the alley from me he has multiple pitbulls in his back yard lmas won't help I have made report

The dogs bark all day and night can't even get the police to help lmas won't help I have made several requests for help what can I as a home owner do to get help we constantly have to listen to them barking and can't get any help

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Oct 26, 2022

You may have to file a civil suit against the neighbor in Circuit Court.

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Q: If she comes back for her cat which I love do I have to give her the cat ?

Me and my girlfriend separated and she moved out left her cat and has not provided me with money for the care of the cat for 6 months

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Oct 14, 2022

The cat belongs to you now.

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Q: My dog has trespassed on my neighbors property and has stole his cats food. Can he legally kill my dog because of this?

He says my dog has stolen his cats food for the past 2 weeks and is just now telling me. Threaten my dogs in a message saying if he catches them over there again they won’t be around much longer.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Oct 13, 2022

Yes. You are likely in violation of your local leash laws and ordinances regarding dog restraint.

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Q: If I give a dog away am I responsible if she bites/hurts someone? Is this true?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 28, 2022

Depends on whether the dog has ever bitten anyone before. You should also warn the new owner if he has bitten before. If you disclose snd they still take the dog, you should be fine. Failing to disclose is where the trouble will come.

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Q: If I give a dog away am I responsible if she bites someone? She is 6 months old and is a bit aggressive.

I was told that I would/could be held responsible, is this true. I have worked with a trainer for a month now and she is not getting any better. The trainer said the best thing to do would be to put her down. I want to avoid that at all cost.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 25, 2022

Switch trainers.

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Q: How long until a found dog can be adopted by the new owner? I found a dog 9 days ago & no one has claimed him.

I reported the dog as found with the shelter & posted all over social media. Took to vet & he doesn’t have tags or microchip. I want to go ahead & get him neutered & all of his shots. How long does the previous owner have to come forward? My daughter has fallen in love with the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 16, 2022

If no one has claimed him within five (5) days and theres no other info is of ownership, you can consider him your dog. The sooner you get him chipped and vetted, the sooner you’ll be able to say he is your dog.

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Q: Can a Kentucky veterinarian refuse to give your dog back if you can't pay an emergency bill upfront?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 16, 2022

Yes. They have a lien for services rendered.

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Q: What can I do if someone was watching my dog for me and now they are saying they are putting my dog down
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 13, 2022

Go get your dog from them immediately.

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Q: I live in an apartment complex. What constitutes a leash for a dog? Does a chain hooked in the ground count?

My fiancee is about to have neck surgery. We have a 100lb dog. One wrong move from this dog and my fiancee could wind up paralyzed from the neck down. My apartment landlord is demanding the dog be on a leash. We have a lady below us terrified of our dog. We had an agreement that she would let us... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 29, 2022

No. A dog on a chain attached to the ground constitutes the crime of animal cruelty, not a leash. A leash is a rope or strap attached to the dogs harness or collar which enables a pet owner to control the dog while moving freely from place to place.

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Q: Would i be criminally or civily liable for shooting my brothers dog that was attacking our other dog?

I tried everything 2 get them apart. 1 had the other neck & was yelping and choking and acting like it couldn't breathe. They've fought before, but never this bad. I tried to pry his mouth off with a cane, i tried getting a rope over the body and pulling, i tried getting a board... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 23, 2022

Most likely not, no.

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Q: What is Kentucky State law about dogs being restrained on a 4 -5 feet chain to a tree for 6+ months.

They don’t have water daily or food daily since no one lives at that house.

Called local animal control and not getting anywhere. They said KY state law states it owners personal property.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 5, 2022

Those are all violations of the Animal Cruelty statutes and should be prosecuted accordingly.

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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 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.

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Q: Can you sue a pest control company for killing your dog? I’m located in barren county Kentucky.

I hired a pest control company to do pest control in my house. One week later my dog died. I took him to the vet before dying. He said because of rat poison. I asked the guy from pest control and he said he put bait rat poison. He said that it was pet friendly. It wasn’t. Can I sue him? How do I... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on May 3, 2022

Yes, but you’ll most certainly need a lawyer to handle it for you. You’ll also need to make sure your vet will testify for you as to the rat poison.

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Q: I know who has my dog, how much they want in return & proof of ownership. Local authorities say it is a civil matter.

Carter County Ky

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 27, 2022

Glad you got your dog back. Skip the civil proceedings.

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