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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Is keeping your dog inside and never letting it outside an act of animal cruelty? (Dog has became aggressive)

My neighbor has their dog inside and never lets it go outside and whenever we go near their house their dog is barking aggressively. And I am concerned for the poor dog never gets to go on walks or okay outside for a bit.

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

Unfortunately, probably not. It depends on if sanitary conditions are a part of the local laws

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I gave my dog away I regret it hrs later I ask her to please return it that I was willing to do anything but she don't

I offer to buy another dog and take to her or to do anything she wanted me to. I explained that I had problems and I had made a mistake that now is destroying our family. I hadn't passed not even 24 hrs went I begged her. Is there anything I can do to get my dog back please help

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

Unfortunately, probably not. You could try to sue in replevin, but if there is evidence you willingly gave the dog away, it is not likely that you will win.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on
Q: I live in a duplex and my dog accidentally killed my neighbors kitten in between our house doors in a “common space”

The common space is technically inside our property.

The dog picked up the kitten and dropped it immediately when she realized she hurt it.

Punctured its belly.

My neighbor called the police and said the dog has bitten her before and that is untrue.

I live in... Read more »

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

The answers to your questions depend on what your lease says constitutes an evictable action and your landlord. This can be independent of the criminal process. I would highly recommend you to speak to an animal lawyer or criminal defense lawyer in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Georgia on
Q: How should I go about getting money owed to me? I have contacted the person but they have not responded.

My sister purchased a puppy, unfortunately within a week the puppy was injured. To be clear the puppy was injured at her home in her care. My husband and I visited her home to which we found the puppy limping. Long story short we made an agreement that we would take the puppy off her hands if she... Read more »

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

You will have to sue her in small claims court.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: My landlord says that he can charge a pet deposit and monthly fees for my emotional support animal. Is this true in Il?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 23, 2020

No. It is not. It’s covered by the FHA which is a federal law.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: I have two dogs that my friends are refusing to give back to me they agreed to keep them till I found a place to live
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 23, 2020

You’ll have to sue in replevin if the police won’t help you get your dog back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on
Q: If a person steals my dog, can the police make me pay the thief for flea dip fees they incurred while having my dog?

My nephew asked a friend to watch his dog while he looks for a new place. He has been sending money for the care of the dog. While away for a weekend the mother of the friend went into his home and took the dog. They are refusing to give it back. The dog is registered and microchipped. We have gone... Read more »

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

You might want to see if you can contact the chief of police to bring this situation to his/her attention. Otherwise, you’ll have to sue in replevin to get your dog back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: Is there a charge for someone threatening to shoot and kill your dogs? When they are fenced and away from property line

I own a boarding and breeding business so these dogs are a livelihood not merely pets.

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

This could constitute animal cruelty, it depends on your jurisdiction. Try reporting it to the police and see if they will help.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Wisconsin on
Q: my dog ran in front of a biker and he hit her. I am now being sued, and it says she ran into him, knocking him over

The biker ran into my dog and kind of crumpled up against his handle bars and slowly almost sat on the ground. The letter from his attorney states he fractured his clavicle, but he and his wife were concerned after he fell because his doctor had just given him the ok to ride a bike again after... Read more »

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

You need to speak to a local attorney since you don’t have an insurance carrier to fight for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My dog was left at dog resort the resort lost him and he was hit by car. The insurance is offering half bills?

The pet resort lost my dog and as a result my dog was hit by a car. This required an ER visit and surgery in order to save his life. The medical visits are not done yet but will probably be about 9000. The pet resorts insurance is only offering me 5500, leaving me to pay the rest of the medical... Read more »

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

You will likely need to speak to a local animal attorney to write what’s called a demand letter to ask the boarding facility to reimburse you for all the bills. You will need to gather all your bills and have them sent to the insurance company for them to reimburse you for everything. They are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Outdoor dogs must have food water shelter but isn't there a regulation now that says they can only be outside for1hr?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 12, 2020

Unfortunately, no, there is not. People can more or less treat their dogs like trash under the Denver municipal code. Contact your city representative to get the law changed.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: An ex girl friend is trying to keep a dog I paid for she says I gave to her and I have bi polar episodes she know about.

We both have text and emails going back and forth changing our minds.I fell trick because she knew my manic depression

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 12, 2020

If you can't work something out, one of you will have to sue in court for possession.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Roommate asked myself and the third housemate for permission to get a husky puppy. We said no. She got the dog anyway.

She works 10-12 hours a day, 5-7 days a week, and will not have time to properly care for, nor train the animal. She has been told she has 48 hours to get rid of the animal. Both myself and the third housemate are allergic to dogs and do not wish to care for the animal. If she refuses to get rid of... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 12, 2020

No, you cannot remove or euthanize or do anything to the animal. You have absolutely zero authority to do anything to the animal. Try evicting the roommate, that is a more humane and normal part of life than killing someone else's dog. Or, you could also always move out, too.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My ex and I recently broke up. With out my knowledge, she removed one of my dog from my apartment, and won’t return him.

I have filled for replevin in court. I have his adoption papers, Neuter and rabies certificates and microchip registration all in my name In retaliation for the replevin she has filed for a temporary restraining order stating I pushed her. I only want my dog back. Is there anything else I can do?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 12, 2020

You're doing everything you can at the moment!

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Land Use & Zoning for Colorado on
Q: Looking to buy land and raise a few animals. Old covenants forbid it but are no longer enforced!

We are looking to buy 3.25 acres of land in la plata county Colorado. The covenants forbid chickens and cows but are from the 1970s and no longer enforced. We want to raise a few animals for personal use. Is there a way to protect ourselves moving forward? If someone decides to now enforce these... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 12, 2020

You will have to appeal to your local zoning board to get the property rezoned. I would recommend consulting with a real estate attorney

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3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My dad recently passed away. His gf has his/my dog. Is there a way to get him back?

My dad adopted Sky as a Christmas present for my sister and I when we were younger. Now the dog is with his gf and I fear she won’t agree to give him back in a civil manner.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 12, 2020

You can sue the girlfriend in replevin if she won't agree to give the dog back; your dad will likely need to be a named plaintiff in the lawsuit. Try calling the police and see if they will help. They usually don't, but they might be able to negotiate the dog's release for you.

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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 »

Kristina M. Bergsten
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 »

Kristina M. Bergsten
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 »

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