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Q: My roomate dropped my cat at a shelter as found. Without my knowledge. Is this against the law. He didn't like cat.

My roomate didn't like my cat, and dropped him off at a shelter as a found cat. I called around thinking my cat was lost, found him at a shelter. Normally this would be fine if he was lost. But there are too many "coincidences" pointing to my roomate. I had to pay for my cat, and... Read more »

Marjorie Simmons
Marjorie Simmons
answered on Jul 15, 2016

In Washington it is a gross misdemeanor (crime) to take or conceal pets: RCW 9.08.070 (http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.08.070). Animal cruelty is different and is also covered by state laws in RCW 16.52 (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=16.52)

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Q: If wildlife causes an accident are you at fault? Or domesticated animals running into traffic?

I drive rural roads with wildlife from small to big to bigger. Deer often cross the road unannounced. I often have to slam the breaks to avoid a collision. Drivers behind me get pissed and have a near miss. Rural roads = barely patrolled. So drivers go fast and will drive where ever there is... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jun 28, 2016

You aren't responsible for wild animals--no one is. As far as domesticated animals, the owner of the animal is responsible for them. In the example you gave I don't see why you would be at fault--the other individual collided with the deer, not with you.

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Q: My friend gave me our dog 8 months ago I got him set up as my capanin animal. Now she is wanting him back what can I do?

I have got our dog little foot set up as my capanin animal. Paid the pet deposit to have him and have solely taken care of him for 8 months.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Nov 2, 2015

The fact that the dog is now a companion animal for you is of no consequence. If your friend indeed gave the dog to you, your friend cannot now have the dog back.

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Q: My mom gave my dog away when I was in jail for 13days. Even though she promised he would be fine.Can I Sue her

She promised he would be ok. Now she won't even tell me the town where he is. Only. The county.he is my best friend.

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki
answered on Aug 11, 2015

It sounds like you could, as she got rid of your property. It may be a case for small claims court. A local lawyer can advise.

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Q: my dog got out the house again can i get a ticket if my neighbor calls the cops?

dog has attacked there dog before

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki
answered on Jul 18, 2015

Possibly. Depends on local leash laws and other factors.

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Q: If I didn't sign a contract for a dog can I be sued for how much the dog is worth
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki
answered on Jul 14, 2015

I don't understand the question, the nature of the contract or why you'd be sued.

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