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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Is it illegal to abandoned and not pick up a dog after asking someone to temporarily watch the dog?

Roommate accepted watching a dog from someone outside the household. Is days past the time for pick up and they haven't picked up the dog, and unable to get a hold of.

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Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 6, 2021

The roommate who agreed to watch the dog is responsible for its care unless he/she transfers it to a local humane society clearly stating all the details of ownership known to them, identifying the owner and disclosing the details about the owner can’t be contacted.

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Q: Neighbor yelled at me for letting my dog pee on the grass in a public area.

I was waking my dogs around the neighborhood and one peed on the grass. The area is a public area and NOT private property. He suggested I go all the way to the green belt and only let my dogs pee in those bushes. Which seems ridiculous. What are the laws about dogs peeing on grass in public areas?... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 6, 2021

In Littleton CO there is no ordinance pertaining to dog urine specifically, the closest thing I could find is this and I don’t believe it applies:

6-1-1: CONDITIONS AND ACTS PROHIBITED:

B. Annoying Odors: The maintenance on any premises in the City of a dog or other animal in such...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: My girlfriend who l lived with 11 years moved out and took the dogs we bought together. can i get shared custody?

She bought a house and came into my house when I was not there and took the dogs and now will not let me see them.

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Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 11, 2021

I’m not sure if your situation falls under common law marriage (or if Ohio recognizes such) so I’d suggest you figure that out first. You may need to file for divorce and division of debt/property.

If you are not considered common law married you need to file a replevin action against...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: My ex came in where we are both on the lease with his new girlfriend and stole my dog and went give it back

He has been gone with this girl for three weeks he came to two weeks of him being gone ...he took the only key so I could lock my door I started to record audio in case some one broke in ...well they came in for four hours took what ever they wanted went to work the next day and when I came home I... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 11, 2021

You have to appear or otherwise respond to the lawsuit, counterclaim against him for wrongful taking of your dog (replevin).

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: getting divorced we shared custody of the dog (which I bought) for a few weeks, she dropped him off now I don't want to

Give him back I have a protection order against her and the dog is on there as well. I have paid vet bills im the only one with a home. He is attached to this home because he has a puppy brother here as well. What kind of rights dose she have to the dog? It was not gifted to her. She took him when... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 11, 2021

The dog will be treated exactly as all your other property and I would make sure your final orders specifically state who gets the dog; shared custody cannot be ordered because it’s a dog not a child.

If you bought the dog during the marriage and it was not a replacement dog for one you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Our neighbors let their animals roam around, here in Colorado Springs, CO. They don't take care of them properly and...

Now we have a pitbull coming to our house all the time, to play with our dogs. He's the sweetest dog. He doesn't like to go back home because he loves us so much. Can we claim this dog if the owners let it roam? I'm afraid of it being hit by a car. The dog played as of his paw hurt,... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 11, 2021

See if HSPPR is still allowing at home stray holds. If yes, contact them stating you found this dog wandering multiple times and you’re afraid it will get hurt if allowed to roam but you’d rather have the dog do the required stray hold at your home instead of their shelter. State you want to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Do I have any rights even though I relinquished them?

Unexpected death in immediate family out of state, nobody was willing/able to watch my dog while I was gone for the service. I could not board him on such short notice due to the boarding facility never having boarded my dog before. Explained situation to vet and they found a rescue for my dog to... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 1, 2021

Probably not. A competent animal attorney would need to review the documents you signed and obtain more factual information about the situation to see if you have any valid defense.

Have you tried contacting the rescue? Even if you have to pay to adopt him back you should try because...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I legally throw peanut shells into my neighbor’s yard? He put them there because he feeds the squirrels.
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Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 1, 2021

No. That would be littering. However, it is not legal to feed squirrels in Denver.

Sec. 8-72. - Keeping wild or dangerous animals prohibited.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, maintain, feed, harbor, transport or sell within the city any living wild or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My ex won't return my dog. She claims I gave him to her. What court do I file a lawsuit in to get my dog back?

I have the purchase receipt in my name only. I also had to get my mother's permission to buy the dog, since I'm living at home and attending college. We're both listed on the veterinarian records Although she filled them out and put her name first. Because of this this registration... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Jul 2, 2021

You would file a replevin action in the county court where the dog is assumed to be located at.

Replevin is a complicated process but you can attempt to represent yourself by using forms created by the state of Colorado. The forms are categorized under "Money Cases" for some...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Is it legal to put poison in trash when a dog keeps getting into it and ripping it up or to shoot at the dog.
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Juliet Piccone answered on Apr 20, 2021

Are you asking if you can poison a dog or shoot it for getting into your trash? I would say either would fall under animal cruelty laws. I would suggest you get a better trash receptical.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: Are there laws to protect people who get attacked/chased by “service animals” who are not on leashes and aggressive?

The dogs are aggressive and chase me and my dog who is on a leash beside me. I’m afraid to leave my apt. What do I do?

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Juliet Piccone answered on Apr 20, 2021

You should talk to your landlord and document the issue and see if there is some neutral third party who could potentially mediate this issue. You say "they" as in more than one service dog. Typically a person only needs one service dog, but there are some exceptions. Is it possible... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for Colorado on
Q: When are constant calls from animal control harassment? And what can be done?

My dad has a great Pyrenees Moutain dog. The dog lives outside to protect the chickens. Animal control has come to confirm that he has, food, water, shelter, and updates on his shots. We provided all of this and they said we are good But someone in our neighborhood is constantly calling in about... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Mar 30, 2021

Your dad is being lied to. Have him submit a Colorado Open Records Request (most have a form on their websites) to the law enforcement entity(s) asking for all records of all complaints related to his address for the past year. Those are PUBLIC records and more importantly they are records... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: A man gifted my mom his dog after his wife passed away- a couple of months later he changed his mind and is asking for

The dog back now. My mom only has texts from him saying “she’s yours you can keep her” but she is afraid that isn’t enough and he may come for the dog either legally or by force. What do we do?

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Juliet Piccone answered on Mar 30, 2021

Your mom should be fine unless she gets sued. At that point, I would suggest she contact a qualified attorney who has won many of these types of cases (on each side), such as myself. The hallmark of a gift is present intention to convey all ownership of a thing to another and delivery of that... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: What can I do about my neighbors dog that been crapping in my lawn for a month?

I moved in my new place a month ago and my neighbors dog craps in my yard every day, I told them to stop before and nothing, so I called the cops and nothing, after it continued for a week after the first call I called again and this officer told me it’s not his problem and I need to go confront... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Feb 21, 2021

There are usually municipal ordinances that cover this type of habitual behavior, which are usually handled by animal control or code enforcement. If you have am HOA they also probably regulate this. But you’ll need proof which means videotaping the act as many times as you can as well as (as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Dog was chipped - Shelter did NOT contact owner before adopting out. How to sue for replevin?

Dog was reported missing to chip company (AVID). All contact info updated. Dog was not located. Fastforward to a year later, AVID contacts owner to say that someone is trying to register the chip in the dog to themselves. Says they adopted from a shelter. This is the 1st contact from AVID that the... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Feb 21, 2021

You should check your state law to see if shelters have immunity from liability as long as they post a dog as found on their website for whatever the statutorily required time frame. In Colorado where I practice public and private shelters are supposed to hold pets a minimum of 3 days if no ID, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law on
Q: Anyone know about the legalities of pet ownership in the U.S.?

Long story short, our neighbors like to do drugs and have neglected and abused this pit. They left him running outside by a main road one day and we took him in. We had him for 3 days until they asked about him. They said we could have him since he 'is always in the way'. 2 days later... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Feb 21, 2021

There is a valid question as to whether they gifted the dog to you when they said you could have it. So this is more a gift/ property issue than a contract issue.

There has to be an unequivocal intention to make a gift on their part and delivery and acceptance on your part. This would be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Q: My boyfriend just passed away a week ago and we adopted a pitbull and have papers for her and we're only allowed to put

We were only allowed to put her in one person's name and we put her in his name well his legal wife and they've been separate for 10 14 years is trying to get my dog she has going as far as stealing all the dogs papers out of the house cuz she's a special needs dog she is in a... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Feb 19, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Dogs are considered personal property. The decedent’s personal property can only be legally transferred to another person by virtue of either a will or by intestate succession. Either way, the wife has no rights unless she applies to be the personal representative of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: I know someone who habitually kills their own animals, rather than pay for euthanasia. Is there a law against this?

This person has killed their own pets, for reasons ranging from genuinely putting a pet out of its own misery, to the pet peeing around the house too much. It's deeply disturbing, but is there a law in Colorado regulating what methods of at-home euthanasia are allowed? If so, how would this... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Feb 21, 2021

Yes, there absolutely are animal cruelty laws that prohibit killing your own pets. State, county ,and municipality.

Under Colorado state law, 18-9-201 (2) "Animal" means any living dumb creature, including a certified police working dog, a police working horse, and a service...
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Q: Can I press charges against my mom for neglecting and feeding my dog without my permission while I’m still in her house?

She’s refusing to let me feed my dog (who she signed over to me) what I feel is best for him. She said she will throw away the food (which if I’m understanding is my property) and refuses to feed THE DOG FOOD to my dog if I ask her to feed him. She also refuses to accept that my dog eats 1x per... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Nov 12, 2020

Do you live with your mother? I would suggest moving out and taking your dog with you and then the problem is solved. Otherwise, I think you need to talk to a landlord/tenant attorney since this is not really an animal law issue.

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

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Juliet Piccone answered on Nov 13, 2020

Did you gift the dog to her? If it goes to court you could try to allege legal incapacity but at that point you are basically arguing your bipolar disorder makes you incapable of knowing what you are doing, i.e. incapable of managing your own affairs, so that's a pretty slippery slope and... Read more »

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