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Q: I want to get my cat back but the person blocked me number in Facebook. I have their information but I need answer

I had a cat named Harley and I gave it away a couple nights ago but I want my cat back. They blocked me from Facebook and my number. I have their information but I just need to know what can I do to get my cat back I will pay money for someone to get it legally back to me.

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Feb 23, 2021

Gifts are permanent. If you "gave" the cat to someone, you probably can't get it back. Circumstances may or may not support a different answer.

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Q: i was gifted a dog because the previous owner said she cant give him proper attention but now shes wanting the dog back

he has no chip or shots. do i have to give him back?

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Feb 20, 2021

You have two choices: 1) give the dog back, or 2) don't give the dog back. If you don't, it is unlikely you'll be sued for the dog, because the cost of filing the suit almost certainly exceeds the value of the dog. In the event that there is a suit, the previous owner will have... Read more »

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Q: How to adopt a dog?

My boyfriend has had his dog for 6 or 7 years and got her through humane society but under his friends name. He no longer has contact with that friend and doesn’t have any papers for the dog. He wants to get papers for her.

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Feb 20, 2021

Unless the dog is a purebred, there aren't actually any "papers," and probably nothing showing ownership.

If he takes the dog to a vet, he can get it chipped, and if he registers his name and contact information to the chip, that's evidence of ownership, and he can get...
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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Family Law, Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: I’m 18 I got a puppy online and been taking care of it at my grama place I’m going my to my parents but I think there

Planing on giving it away what are my rights?

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Feb 11, 2021

Sorry, no matter how old you are, your parents get to make the rules about what they will allow in their house. If they don't want the puppy, I suggest you arrange another place to stay. No, they shouldn't give away your property, but if you're living at their house, you're... Read more »

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Q: Can the vet hospital keep your dog if you can't pay the bill ? (I just borrowed 400$ for dep)

I borrowed 400$ Thursday now they want 257$ or they said I couldn't get my dog till bill paid in full

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Feb 8, 2021

The short answer is yes, they can hold the dog for payment. They're not required to extend credit. Sorry.

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Q: My neighbors dog is pregnant and they have her trapped on the porch and she has been whining.

Also has been scratching at the door for almost 6 hours now. Any other day, they don't care about her. I feed her and water her and pick the ticks off her. I bring her inside when its snowing and raining and super cold or super hot and she just usually roams free. Is there anything I can do?

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Feb 4, 2021

You could offer to adopt the dog - it doesn't sound like they'll miss her.

Alternatively, there are several places you can report animal abuse:

https://crime-stoppers.org/animal-cruelty/

https://apps.harriscountytx.gov/AnimalCruelty/...
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Q: My dog somehow disappeared from the yard and never returned. We believe we know where she is. What rights do we have?

My dog somehow disappeared from the yard 3 days ago and never returned which is very unlikely. She recently just had a litter of puppies who are not completely weened off and depends on her for feeding. Word of mouth makes us strongly believe we know where she is being housed. If we wanted the... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Jan 27, 2021

You won't know what the cops will agree to do if you don't call them. Tell them what you know that leads you to believe she's at a particular place.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Is it a crime if my 17 years old child takes a dog from my house without permission and refuses to bring the dog back?

Hi, I am divorced mother. My ex and I share custody of our 17 years old daughter. After visit to my house she took my dog out of my house and refuses to bring the dog back. Is it considered a crime? How can I get my dog back?

Rick  Davis
Rick Davis
answered on Jan 24, 2021

Were you awarded the dog in the divorce? Did you get the dog after the divorce? Have you tried calling the police?

There is not enough information in your question to definitively answer it.

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Q: Me and my ex girlfriend both had shared custody of a dog but now she is trying to keep it altogether. What do I do?

Hello, me and my ex split 2 months ago and before splitting we both decided to get a dog. We got the dog for free (from a friend of my ex) but my ex is trying to keep the dog completely. I have spent the same amount of money as her on food, paid for vet bills, attending the visits, kept her over... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Jan 13, 2021

Sorry, even though we love them and treat them as children, dogs are property, and it sound like this one belongs to both of you, which means that neither of you can take the dog and hide it from the other.

Realistically, if you can't work out some joint arrangement, let her have the...
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Q: Hello, I recently took my dog to the vet and they said he has heartworms. When we went there to pick him up and-

everything, the assistant gave the medicine to a family friend of ours. The family friend is super controlling. She will not let me and my girlfriend, the dog's owners, to give him the medicine every day. So we have my girlfriend's mother coming over to give him his medicine every two... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Jan 11, 2021

First, stop asking this friend to run errands for you. Then see if you can get more of the medication from the vet. If not, you'll have to make due until the current prescription is up.

While this "friend" doesn't have any right to the medication, the issue is not one...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Can I take my dog with me, do I need to call the police when I go get my belongings?

My husband refuses to let me take my dog with me because I am leaving him and he has 5 other dogs and no job. I have an American bully I have paid all his vet bills and am very close to this dog as so is the dog with me. Can I take my dog do I just need to call the police when I get my belongings... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Jan 6, 2021

Yes, you can take your dog. It's always easier if you can plan your departure for a time he's not there, but if that's not possible, you can certainly call the police for assistance. Good luck!

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Q: My neighbor lets her dog roam free on our block, the dog is in heat and attracting other dogs to the block.

I can’t walk my dogs freely without fear of being attacked by the pack of dogs her dog has attracted. I called the cops but they just spoke to her and nothing has changed. I contacted the city shelter and they haven’t done anything. Can i sue her for depriving me of enjoyment of life?

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Jan 4, 2021

The short answer is no, you can't sue someone for being afraid.

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Q: Found dog and puppies in ditch. Took mom dog to the vet Is the dog legally mine? Took owners a week to come forward

The mom needed to see the vet and was bleeding at the neck due to being hit by a car - people don’t want to pay the vet bill- what can I do?

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Dec 30, 2020

Here are your options:

1. Do nothing. It's unlikely that an owner who dumped the dogs and refuses to pay the vet bill will sue to get the dogs back. If they do, you can countersue for the vet bill.

2. Give the dogs back and consider the vet bill a gift.

3. Give the...
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Q: How does equity law with dogs work in Texas and how can someone prove it to get ownership of dogs in a civil suite?

My ex girlfriend is suing me for my dogs. 1 I got from my boss when she was living in another state. The other I purchased from a friend for $200. I’ve paid 65-90% of the bills for them. She did put her name on the vet bills eventually and would watch the dogs when I was out of town for work. She... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Dec 18, 2020

The judge will look at the evidence and decide who they think is most credible. If the dogs have been together, it's unlikely that they'd be separated, especially if the evidence of who has been caring for them is the same.

You probably have records of what you've paid,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: My boyfriend went to his moms house she has dogs there and one of them got out, can he get a ticket

He does not live with his mom he just went to visit . Can he receive that ticket ?

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Nov 30, 2020

Any person can be ticketed if the animal control officer finds your boyfriend to be the one present when the ticket is issued. The real question is whether or not he can be convicted of the criminal offense. He should speak with a local animal attorney or criminal defense attorney to go over his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Am I going to jail I went and got my dog up from my aunt's and now she is saying I stole her dog and is pressing charges

I allowed my dog to stay in my aunt's care while I was working in multiple different towns for a year. We never discussed or signed anything. When I was able I went and picked her up from my aunt while she was home she is now saying I stole her and she filed a police report and is pressing... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Sep 7, 2020

You will be arrested and taken to jail if a law enforcement officer believes you committed a crime. In some situations, the officer must first get an arrest warrant by convincing a judge that there is "probable cause" to believe you committed a crime, but any officer worth his salt... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: 2 women saying they are suing me because they prepaid for my dogs to get fixed & I didn't show. they won't show me proof

I didn't show because I tried to call their vet and they got ugly and said don't contact their vet again. They text me and won't tell me who they are. I feel harassed don't they have to show me proof where they paid to see what I may owe them?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 24, 2020

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. From the description, it isn't fully clear what happened, but in terms of the proof you ask about, if they are suing, they would likely need to present that in the discovery phase of any lawsuit. Good luck... Read more »

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Q: My dog was taken by a rescue and I they don’t want to update me on him or give him back. I’ve tried contacting them...

Several times yet no answer. I want my dog back and I am literally miserable without him. I want to press charges and or sue the rescue for not giving him back even though he is mine! Can I do that?

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jul 24, 2020

It depends on the laws of your state and how/why they got got possession of him in the first place. More facts are needed to answer this question properly.

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Will I have a case against a dog trainer if her method has caused physical and emotional injuries?

My girlfriend & I hired a trainer (P) from Thumbtack because our dog was showing signs of aggression. Our dog would bark at strangers & other dogs; he had snapped at my girlfriend a few times but had never caused any injuries.

We hired P, and she told us it will get better but... Read more »

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

I realize the irony of what I'm about to say, but I'm going to say it, anyway: don't take advice from people on the internet - especially if they're not professionals.

That said, it's unclear from what you wrote whether liability can be imposed on the trainer. More...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: I lent someone $800 to buy a dog once breaded they would pay me 1600 can sue for non payment and keep the dog?

The deal was they would pay me 1600 once the dog was breeded and had puppies, the dog has been breeded 4 times already and I have only received $50. I have lost my apartment along with my car,can I sue and keep the dog f or non paymnt AND 3 years have already passed

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jul 20, 2020

You can sue for what you were promised, and any additional damages related to non performance of the contract (verbal or written)

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