Kristina M. Bergsten's answer Technically, under these facts, the answer is no. If the dog was taken to a shelter, then ownership would sever after 5 days under Colorado statute. However, for an individual person, the abandoned property kicks in after 5 years. So, technically, unless this guy sells the dog to you or agrees to gift the dog to you, he still retains ownership, in spite of his circumstances. However, with everything going on in his life, he might agree to give the dog to you or not ask at all.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer ESAs do not have the same protections as service animals so it depends on what purpose you’re asking this question. For zoning/code reasons or for rental/housing reasons? Generally, ESAs are not considered as “pets” and so wouldn’t count as a dog for purposes of zoning/code regulations.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer You need to call animal control. This sounds like severe neglect. Even then, that does not necessarily mean the dog will be confiscated by animal control - although, if the dog's ribs are showing that is more likely to happen than not. If the dog is confiscated by animal control, after a certain period of time the dog will be up for adoption. You can adopt the dog at that time, but keep in mind that the dog will likely be adopted to whoever comes first.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer You can always sue someone. Whether you will win or not is another question. You could sue for the cost of birthing the puppies and possibly related vet bills and care. Since the weather has been below freezing out for a while, now, i hope your dog also has access to shelter and warmth while being outside on a chain all day.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer Your question doesn't have so much to do with animal law as it does with business transactions, but probably the best way to determine a fair price for the chickens is to check your local newspaper or "craigslist" listings for the going price for a chicken. I know off hand they are not $500 piece - unless they are some kind of rare, special chicken, but I've never heard of even a rare, special chicken costing that much. Most chickens are between $5-20.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer You should call the local animal control to make sure, but the pit bull ban usually depends on whether or not the dog has 51% or more characteristics that resemble a pit bull. So if your dog looks more husky than pit bull, you are more than likely okay
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer I am a little unclear as to who is who in your narrative but if the owners know who have the dog and can contact them they could ask for the dog back and if the people refuse, they could sue in county court.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer Technically, yes, you could be charged with theft. It would be up to the responding police officer whether to charge you or not. It would most likely be a misdemeanor unless they claim the dog is worth more than a few hundred dollars. I think your statement that you should call animal control next time is correct. Also, be careful about what you post online because IF you ARE charged, it could be used against you in court.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer If he gave you the dog, then it’s yours. He would have to sue you and win to get the dog back. However, because there are clearly some details that you did not post here, it would be best if you met either an attorney to go over all the facts to get your best resolution.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer You should probably speak with local, Georgia attorneys on this issue. Your pug sounds like he means business, so it's best to discuss it with an attorney from your jurisdiction.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer It is legal. You could always call the company to ask them to add species information, but under the FHA ESAs are not limited to dogs and miniature horses like service animals are.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer It is unclear from your question what you are asking. Who is "she"? If you gave a dog to someone and they are returning the dog to you, it is up to you whether or not you take the dog back. If they gave the dog to a third person, they can do that because you relinquished ownership (based on your question) to the "some people."
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer Potentially. You will likely need to provide documentation from a medical professional detailing your disability/emotional disability and that your dog alleviates these symptoms.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer He would have to sue you in small claims court and win to get her from you. Its possible he could call the police but they likely won’t get involved. You have a strong defense against his claims of Ownership, especially if the dog never lived with him and always lived with you.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer Wow! That is quite the situation you are in! Since person B is the original owner, most likely the cat belongs to him/her. But if persona A and B made an agreement that person A is the new owner, then it belongs to person A. More facts are needed to properly analyze this question. Either way, it sounds like these people need to come to an agreement or take it to court to let the court decide who owns the cat.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer I’m confused by your last sentence whether you have your dog back, but if you do not you can call the police and ask them to help you get your dog back. You can press charges for theft, destruction of Propety (vandalism), and trespassing. The cops will likely ultimately decide what to charge this person with.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer You need to sue her in replevin ASAP! If she works for a shelter, then there is only 5 days before the dog is considered "abandoned" and legal title of the animal transfers to the shelter. It sounds like you have been in contact with her, and she should meet you, but if she is not, it sounds like she needs some prodding from the legal system to get her attention.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer It is possible animal control would confiscate your dog, pending a hearing on the criminal charges against you for the death of the other dog. I would recommend speaking to an animal attorney to go over your options and defenses and make sure your dog is not euthanized as a result of this case.
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