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Q: My friend left his dog with a co-worker and they took the dog to the shelter instead

the shelter says to return the dog to my friend they have to travel back from the state they moved to and pay the fee for the spaying, vaccinating, flea treatment, and microchipping. Which sounds reasonable if my friend hadn't just moved to a different state and trusted the co-worker to take... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 27, 2021

What is your question?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Kentucky on
Q: Can a landlord evict immediately of dog never attacked but charged at another small dog on rental property?

My dog was on a leash and had a collar on and we were taking him to the car to arrive at another destination when my neighbor brought their small dog out which taunts mine. My dog just whined until the woman grabbed her dog and swung it like a rag doll and then mine broke his collar and charged at... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 18, 2021

The answer lies in your lease with the landlord.

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 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 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 Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Neighbors pit bull is left to roam without a leash/ highly aggressive and attempted to attack my husband what can we do

This has been going on for YEARS when police called they’ve already put the dog back inside so the OHIO COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT DOES NOTHING. The pitbull is highly aggressive. It attempted to attack my husband last night in OUR BACK YARD where my small children play. I say attempted bc he had... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 8, 2021

The next time it comes on your property, shoot it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can the police take my dog because i cant provide expensive medical treatment
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 5, 2021

No, but if you can’t care for the dog, you might want to consider surrendering her to a rescue who can provide the proper medication and treatment.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: How can I get my neighbor to keep his dog off my property? I have young kids and a fear of big dogs. Or a law passed?

I live in Montgomery County in Kentucky outside city limits in a subdivision. There is nothing in the law that I can find for a leash law. It is having a large impact on my families life. I can't mow my lawn or let my kids go out front alone to play, get the mail or go to the ice cream truck.... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 5, 2021

You don’t need a law passed. Just shoot it next time it’s on your property.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Neighbors dog has now killed four of our goats. Do they have to pay us for our loss?

They can’t keep the dog in it gets free all the time. I’m in fear of it going after one of my children next. Can I legally shoot it if it steps one paw on the property? It’s so fast and the last goat it killed was right in front of my children.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 4, 2021

Depends on any local leash laws you may have, but you can legally shoot it if it comes freely onto your property.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: my farier showed up earlier,, and was close to the fence, , and my dog bit him.? it is posted guard dog on duty do not

I have used the same farrier for over 2 years, he knows we have dogs, they are always put up, when he has a appt here to shoe, but showed up early, he text me,,, and i do not have a cell phone, he knows that,,, so i did not get is message that he would be early... he assured me he would not... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 29, 2021

You are still liable for the dog bite. In Kentucky it is strict liability.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My neighbors allow their dog to roam he has bred my dogs in kennel twice and still comes over here can we legally shoot?

He is up here everyday five times a day we have contacted landlord and neighbors asking them to keep him down there they refuse to. If we can’t legally shoot him what can we do !

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 29, 2021

Most likely, yes, depending on where you are in Kentucky and the applicable local lease laws.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can I sell horses that have not had board paid in 3 months?

I own a horse boarding facility. One of the boards has not paid board in 3 months. At want point can I take ownership of the horses and try to sell them to recoup my expenses?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 29, 2021

Depends on the terms of your boarding contract or, if no written contract, you must give owner notice in writing to cure default or they will be did to cover boarding.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Someone dog staying at my house a couple hours accidentally got out fight another dog. Bite each other. What can hap?

I was at a friend's house one night and she had a friend there who was in town from another state overnight and would be heading back out of state the next night. She needed to leave her dog with someone for a couple hours while she went to do some things and the friends house I was at that... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 24, 2021

You may be liable for injuries to the neighbors dog that occurred while the visiting dog was in your care.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can my wife keep a pup sired buy my male shihtzu

She has filed for a divorce and the pups were born why we were married

Leland Hulbert
Leland Hulbert answered on May 22, 2021

If the mother of the pup was pregnant during the marriage she would have a property right claim to the pup just as you would.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Are drivers responsible for vet bills after hitting loose dog on road?

I accidentally hit a neighbors dog with my boat trailer while coming home from Lake Cumberland in Pulaski County, KY. The dog got loose from her leash, ran into the road between my vehicle and boat trailer. The trailer hit her. She was taken to two vets and surgery was performed on the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 17, 2021

Depends on the leash laws and ordinances in Pulaski County.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for Kentucky on
Q: What can I do about a neighbor that continually teases my dogs by riding a horse or driving a 4 wheeler?

I live on a side road from the road KY 596 and the neighbors continually tease my dogs by riding a horse down the road or by driving a 4 wheeler and they only go as far as our property then turns around and comes back. Also my dogs run free into and out of my yard but they come to me when I yell... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 16, 2021

Put your dogs up and eliminate the attraction for the neighbors. The other option is to move.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My boyfriend just kicked his rotweiller, for no good reason. Can I legally take her out of his home & to my apartment?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 15, 2021

No, but you can report him to the authorities for animal cruelty.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Kentucky on
Q: Ex gave me a week notice that I didn’t receive to pick up my pets, now he won’t give them back. Are they still mine?

Ex was fostering my 4 cats because I got pregnant. We broke things off during this pregnancy but we agreed to them still being with him until I delivered (risk of toxoplasmosis and I’m very high risk so I was put on bedrest and given a wheel chair). He claims to have given me 1 weeks notice via... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 11, 2021

Yes. Get your papers and call the cops. Next, file a motion in your divorce case for the retried of the animals.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Lemon Law for Kentucky on
Q: Breeder wants to sue me or take kitten back to be put to sleep

I bout a sick kitten from a breeder 3 months ago. Have spent over $1000 in vet costs. Tried to work it out with breeder but she only wanted me to swap my sick cat for another sick cat. Became hostile and blocked me. I disputed what I paid for the cat with my financial institution and won now... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 31, 2021

Don’t give her a dime back snd if she sues you, you can counterclaim and win. She has committed a continuing breach snd her liability continues to increase.

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