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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: helping ex&kids by letting them stay at my home let my dog of 4yrs stay w kids found out from daughter ex gave dog away!

police animal control said theres nothing they can do ! Have receipts of adoption ,food ,vet care,kenneling and fact that I raised him since a pup! Was helping ex out by letting her and kids stay in my home and she had even bought a cat for company I would have been fine if dog went to oregon and... Read more »

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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Oct 7, 2020

You will need to sue this person in replevin in county court. It is best to do this sooner, rather than later. Report the dog as missing to the chip company, too. You might also want to try calling code enforcement (they handle animal related calls in Englewood) rather than the police.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Q: My buddy’s dad bought an xxl pit bull off a guy without receiving paperwork and now the guy wants him back?

The pit bull was a couple months old at the time and extremely starved with a stomach full of rope that took 4000$ surgery to remove it, since then almost a year later he is a beast of a dog in a happy home that weighs 150+ pounds and now the neglectful owner he bought him off says he wants the dog... Read more »

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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Oct 1, 2020

If your buddy's dad can prove he paid for the dog (text messages, emails, social media messages + proof of payment -- if it was cash, he'll need the cash withdrawal receipt), then the police shouldn't get involved. The police likely won't get involved, anyway, especially if your... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Is it against the law in CA for a neighbor to take our cat days at a time?

these crazy neighbors have been holding our cat hostage inside for days at a time. They have been positive for corona virus and I'm 7 months pregnant. I tried calling police but they said a cat isn't considered property. Its causing me a lot of stress. I though pets were property, isnt this thef?

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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Sep 8, 2020

The police are clearly just being lazy in this situation. You can call the chief and file a complaint against the officers. The squeaky wheel gets oiled the most!

To answer your question, yes, animals (cats and dogs and cows, pigs, birds, all animals, etc.) are considered property. So, the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: Rescue dog kills neighbors fighting chickens our dog is now dead. They want to be reimbursed

Rescued a dog from person on Facebook, stated the owner of the dog never came back for him. Seemed very sweet kind dog we own 4 cats + 2 other dogs everyone got along. In the middle of the night dogs got out went to the neighbor's house killed and maimed chickens and now they want an... Read more »

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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Sep 3, 2020

I am not sure I understand the situation. Did your dog die from injuries from the chickens? Fighting chickens (I'm assuming you mean roosters - I've never heard of fighting chickens) are illegal, as far as I am aware, so I am not sure they would count as livestock, let alone be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Breeder of $2k bulldog pup let pup go home with a buyer (ex’s cousin) & do payments. She had me babysit twice and ...

Upon picking the pup up from their home, the grandma (slow, overwhelmed loud) is there with the two twins & toddler. I didn’t know she would be spending so much time w/pup while the they work full days & many vacations a year. I don’t contract to sell to neglect & abusive... Read more »

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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Sep 1, 2020

So, repo (repossession) would require you to prove a breach of contract for nonpayment. You can file a lawsuit under a verbal agreement because that is as enforceable as a written contract. You just have the additional hurdle of proving the contract existed. This can easily be done given the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Connecticut on
Q: Dog licensed in Ct , brought to NY by exboyfriend after an argument. He tells me the dog cannot travel to Ct

He tells me the dog cannot travel across state lines. Is this the law?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Sep 1, 2020

No. As long as they are not being transported for commercial purposes, they do not need a permit for transport. They should have all their shots prior to transport if they are a family dog, but that's generally the only requirement.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Indiana on
Q: Can I shoot my dog on my own land if it has attacked me several times in the past month? Causing stitches and is 160

Pounds and cannot he close enough to be uthinizex

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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Aug 5, 2020

Call animal control or a local shelter to have them remove the dog. They can handle that sort of call and treat your dog humanely.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Q: What laws contain dogs killing a goat but not being a violent dog?

My dog killed the neighbors goat. She’s not aggressive towards people or other animals.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 28, 2020

I don't really understand the question. Killing a goat is a destruction of property issue, so that may or may not be criminal. Whereas issues of vicious/aggressive/dangerous dogs are criminal. You might just be civilly liable for the value of the goat. Although, in some jurisdictions,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My ex and I adopted a dog, I am on the adoption papers but she paid for it. I am able to obtain my dog back legally?
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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 27, 2020

Yes, whoever's name is on the adoption/purchase paperwork is the legal owner of the dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on
Q: In Raleigh, NC, can I gift someone a 6 month old puppy that was originally gifted to me when it was 7 weeks old?

The puppy is up to date on vaccinations, rabies shot, and heartworm and ticks meds. It is a mixed breed, but I am not sure of the exact mix and the vet could not tell me. I highly believe he is mixed with American pit bull.

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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 27, 2020

There's no reason why you can't give a dog away to another good home. If there are restrictions on breeds where the person who is going to accept the dog lives, that would be their responsibility/liability. But, because the dog ends up being the victim in those sorts of situations, it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Q: Good afternoon, While ago my wife and I purchases two puppies for 3,800, after 10 days one of them died.
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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 24, 2020

Probably had Parvo or distemper. You should take the other dog to the vet immediately to make sure it isn’t sick, too. You might be able to sue the seller, but there’s a lot more information needed to say whether or not you can file a lawsuit.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Q: Can I own an opossum as a pet?

I know I'm not allowed to have 'wild' pets or release a wild opossum except for where it was trapped, but if I were to obtain a domesticated opossum (ie: one bred and raised in captivity by a breeder), would I be allowed to keep it? Would there be regulations for obtaining a... Read more »

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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 24, 2020

Generally, most municipalities prohibit the ownership of wild animals regardless of whether it was allegedly bred for domestic use or not. So you should check your local rules because if you’re caught, the opossum will be taken from you and released into the wild, which could be cruel if it’s... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
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?

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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: Am I liable for a neighbors cat being attacked in my yard?

My mother and my dog were just sitting relaxing on the back deck when a cat walked up the stairs of my deck. The cat tryed to get some food like it always does and the dog whent up to it casually to sniff it and the cat scratched the dog on its nose. Thats when the dog chased the cat into the... Read more »

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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 23, 2020

I think I already answered this question here, or on another forum, but either way, without knowing what her evidence is, it's impossible to say whether you'll be liable or not. In a criminal court, the prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your dog caused the cat's... Read more »

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 »

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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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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: If the previous owner left her dog with me for over 4 months without compensating for food and care, am I the new owner?

I have taken care of this dog since the end of February 2020 without anyone’s help including the previous owner and I wish to keep her. The proofs owner has asked us if we wish to keep her back in April but now at the end of July she wants to take her back. I’m wondering if the dog is legally... Read more »

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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 23, 2020

Probably not. You didn't say whether or not you accepted her offer of the dog back in April. If you didn't accept or didn't answer, then the dog is not yours and still belongs to the original owner.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: My neighbor is saying I'm responsible for a $1200 vet bill because her cat was bit by my dog. The cat was on my propert

My mother and my dog were just sitting relaxing on the back deck when a cat walked up the stairs of my deck. The cat tryed to get some food like it always does and the dog whent up to it casually to sniff it and the cat scratched the dog on its nose. Thats when the dog chased the cat into the... Read more »

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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 23, 2020

If this is a criminal case, the prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your dog caused the cat‘a injuries in order for you to be liable. If this is a civil case, the other party has to prove by a preponderance of the evidence (think: 51%) that your dog caused the cats injuries.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Q: Hi, My dads dog chased a horse. The horse ran through a fence and died. The dog in no way attacked or bit the horse

What is my dads liability or how much does he have to pay the owner of the horse.

This happened in Catlett, Virginia

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

It kind of depends on how much of the horse running through the fence can be attributed to your dad’s dog. And legally, he would only have to pay if the horse owners sued him and won; this isn’t a criminal matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Can I sue an officer for entering my property uninvited and shooting my dog?

They were warned we had dogs too

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Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 23, 2020

Yes. Talk to a civil rights attorney in your area.

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