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Q: Need help with a dog that I adopted about 5 weeks ago

I adopted a dog about 5 weeks ago from ACCT Philly. I was told he was 4 years old. I took him to the vet and the vet told me he is a senior dog (at least 8-10 years old). The shelter told his health is remarkable besides some abnormalities in his blood work from malnutrition. This has since been... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 1, 2021

Tell the shelter you want to return the dog, it was grossly different from what you were told was likely to be the case. But I don't see you being able to keep the dog and charge them the bills.

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Q: Can my landlord kick me out for having a dog if the dog is for work?

I was recently offered a job opportunity to be a K9 handler for airport security. I would be provided with paid training, as well as a trained dog that I would have to have live with me. My landlord has our pet limit to one dog and one cat, which we already have. If I take the job, does the fact... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 1, 2021

First off, service animals have to be certified. Short answer is no. One dog means one dog. Look for a new place or see if someone will take your dog.

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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.

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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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Q: Is my dog protected if he goes after and/or bites my neighbors who keep jumping my fence?

Adults and kids keep entering my yard, either by jumping the fence or by entering the gates, without my permission and despite me telling them several times to stop doing it. I am worried that my dog will, at some point, take issue with strangers coming into the yard. I have me telling them on... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 4, 2021

If they are bitten within the confines of your yard, then that is on them. I suggest a couple of no trespassing signs and beware of dog sigsns.

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Q: Is neighbor responsible for vet bills if dog eats trash thrown into the sidewalk?

A neighbor continuously throws bones, grapes, and other harmful foods on the sidewalk. She’s been caught in the act and confronted so we know this is not by accident. She refuses to stop and local officials are not much help. She has a “no pooping” sign on her lawn so I am wondering if this... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 25, 2021

I don't see it --the dog walker /owner is responsible for their dog. Someone isn't minding the dog eating the trash. If she puts it on your property, that's different.

You could sue her for maintaining a nuissance but that is very, very expensive. And it won't get your vet bills paid.

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Q: I purchase a dog from a lancasterpuppies breeder, my puppy died within 2 weeks and she was euthanized for a sum of $1500

I purchase a dog from a lancasterpuppies breeder, my puppy died within 2 weeks and she was euthanized for a sum of $1500. Is the breeder liable for the $1500 as well as my refund for my puppy? I have looked at the laws and I can't find anything specifically that says they are liable.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 28, 2021

Did the breeder have some type of money back guarantee? Do you know what the puppy died of? Unless you know the cause of death, you can't say it was their problem. If the vet can give you a cause of death, and says it likely was present when the breeder sold you the pup, you can then make a... Read more »

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Q: What can I do about my neighbor letting their dog poop all over the neighbor and not cleaning it up?

For 4 months my next door neighbor has been letting their dog poop all over the neighborhood, my yard, neighbors yards and the street. I’ve seen this happen several times and have cleaned up about 50-60 piles in the last 4 month in my yard and the street in front of my driveway and mailbox. What... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 28, 2021

As they are a neighbor, you need to have some tact but certainly it's obnoxious, and if speaking with them does no good you can talk to your town or borough code enforcement officer.

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Q: I asked my neighbor twice now to not come into my yard with his dog and he is still doing it. What can I do?

I asked my neighbor twice now to not come into my yard with his dog and he is still doing it. What can I do? I have no trespassing signs posted in my yard and his dog has even peed on those! He will walk his dog all in my yard and let’s him pee on everything even my car and where I grow vegetables.

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

Well, you can call the police. I'd first ask him why he's doing this. Repeatedly. AFter all you have him as your neighbor so you have to live with him nearby.

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Q: Can I bury my elderly dog who is 15 years old passed away peacefully in my own backyard

I live in lower macungie where you sitting on Lehigh valley just west of Allentown

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

If you don't make a big deal about it it won't be a problem.

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Q: I adopted a dog in 2012, I had personal troubles with drug addiction 2019 . Gave my friend my dog to watch while I went

Into treatment. When I was in recovery house , he moved to another state. Now I want my dog back do I have rights?

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

You may, but it will cost you likely more than the cost of getting a new dog and shots.

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Q: What to do if your Pet Airline Delivery Service disconnected their phone line and is unresponsive to their emails?

They have THOUSANDS of my own personal savings that they have told me is completely 100% refundable. Not only that, but they have my baby puppy. I’ve been uninformed throughout this whole thing about anything and I just want my puppy and money. This whole thing is making me physically sick.

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

Contact your local Animal Rescue League. Contact any national office. Contact your DA and the Consumer protection Division of the AG's Office in Harrisburg.

Send a demand letter to the group. If you call my office I will tell you what to do.

All the best.

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Q: Our HOA, says no dog breeding for commercial purposes. A neighbor just started breeding dogs and selling, told HOA she

is a dog hobbyist. Turned garage into a puppy dorm with heat & ac. Installed shed with heat & ac as kennel. What are community rights.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 23, 2020

If the HOA isn't going to do anything (which I'm surprised they're not - you might want to take the "squeaky wheel" approach), then the local municipality or county might have ordinances about breeding that she is in violation.

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Q: I bred my male dog with my neighbors female. They agreed to give me the pup of my choice. Now they refuse

I've paid money out of my pocket for the whole littter not just mine. I also helped the female give birth.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Oct 6, 2020

You can take them to court to sue for the (value of) the puppy of your choice, especially if the puppy came with breeding rights. Or, you can hire a local attorney to write a letter to try to get the pup of your choice - or face the lawsuit.

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Q: What can I do to get the dog back? Please help

A woman verbally surrendered her dog to me after abusing him, another woman offered and took him for vet care and after we established that he would have a permanent home with my grandmother after he recovers from vet care, she is now saying she is keeping him. My grandmother already met him, did a... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 5, 2020

You’ll have to sue this person to get the dog back.

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Q: I adopted a dog six months ago. She has had many vet bills since, and though we dearly love her, could no longer afford

I returned her to the store and she was adopted the same day. I do not want her back, but am desperate to see that she is ok. How can I find out where she is, get in touch with new owner?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

You can't have it both ways. They have no duty to tell you and in fact might be violating the privacy of the other owners.

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Q: I was outside working in the yard and my dog escaped. It attacked my neighbors dog.

I must have accidentally left the door cracked and he got out while i was working in the yard. I didnt realize he was outside and he ran across the street and attacked my neigbors dog on the leash. It was not on either of our properties. Can they sue? I am willing to pay vet bills.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

Pay the vet bills &/or report it to your homeowners. Their dog leashed. Yours not. You're responsible.

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Q: A dog ran out into the road and hit my car. I pulled over and attempted to find the dog but he was no where to be found

I was doing at most 35mph, I walked down the block and attempted to find the dog. I couldn’t find the dog so I left because there was no damage to my car and the dog appeared okay. I didn’t report it to anyone because there was no outside and because of the dog being gone. I’m located in PA... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

Hit and run is when you are involved in a collision and there is damage to property or person. Sounds like you have no duty to report it. If you wish you can call up the police for the area where it happened. Make note of when you call. If they say no problem, then just say "thank you."

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Q: If my dog was on my property and leashed and a unleashed dog comes on my property and my dog attacks it who is to blame

The person and the unleashed dog want us to pay the full vet bill but since the dog was on our property and was unleashed we don’t think we have to pay the full bill. We told them we are more than willing to pay half but they want us to pay the full 3000$. So what law for Kentucky says that we... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

Did this happen in Pennsylvania? If not, refile with Justia under Kentucky.

I would say you don't have to pay anything. They let their dog trespass onto your yard. You already contained the dog. Not your problem if they chose to expose their dog to the realistic outcome.

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Q: I was walking my dog on the sidewalk, she was in the grass about 12 inches and a pit bull darted out of an open garage

grabbed my dog by the cheek pulling both of us into the yard about 4 feet. The owner pulled the pit off her and removed part of her cheek and again attacked continuing to bite her neck holding her down trying to kill me dog. The owner did manage to get control of her bull and we left. The owner ran... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

Send her a certified return receipt letter with the bills. Check with the dog warden to see if there was a report made.

Then you can file in small claims court.

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