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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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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 »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Nov 13, 2020

Your post makes me shudder in so many ways. FYI, It's a felony to "euthanize" a dog they way you are describing as one who "grew up on a farm". Your roommate has every right to keep property at her place of residence unless it violates the lease.

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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?

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Juliet Piccone answered on Nov 13, 2020

Did you push her? The protection order is a separate issue from the replevin. My advise would be to hire an experienced animal attorney who has litigated and WON dog custody cases. I've handled dozens of these kinds of cases and prevailed on quite a few.

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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 »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Nov 13, 2020

You do NOT need to apply for rezoning. Covenants have nothing to do with zoning. When you say the covenant against chickens is not enforced, are there other homes in the community with chickens? You can either take a chance and deal with it if you are sued for violation of the covenant, or can... Read more »

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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.

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Juliet Piccone answered on Nov 12, 2020

I'm sorry the loss of your dad. I agree with Mr. Maye that there are too many unanswered questions. Why is the dog with your deceased father's girlfriend? Was your dad taking care of your dog? If so for how long? In my opinion, this is going to have to be resolved in probate. If a... Read more »

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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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Juliet Piccone answered on Oct 7, 2020

I’m unclear as to what state the people live in that have the dog? Is it Colorado or Oregon? If Oregon you need to contact an attorney there. It’s also unclear how long it’s been since you let exwife have dog and/or how long since she have dog away.

I would recommend you consult...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My neighbor dog break all day and night call 3time and now I have to go to court

My neighbor are saying I was the problem why there dog break .I have call cops at 10 or 11 clock at night about this dog

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 4, 2020

I’m sorry to hear you have to go to court. From what I can gather from your post it sounds like there’s a history of animosity between you and the neighbor over the dog barking. Without knowing more, I simply would advise you to carefully read the ticket summoning you to court so you can begin... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: I live in Colorado, am I allowed time off work if my dog passed away. I got fired for coming in late the day he was died

The day my dog died I had taken him to the vet in the morning for a follow up check up I called into work to let them know I was going to come in late and I was going to make him stable comfortable and I will come in to work to finish my shift, I got fired that day and their excuse was lack of... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 22, 2020

You have no right to work in the state of Colorado period. Your dog has the same legal status as a toaster. Sorry.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: So I just encountered the animal control . And we’ll they said one of my dogs were being beaten and malnourished.

This is false but the reason he showed up was because I guess my husband kicked him . When that was also false. I’m just worried they’ll come back and try to do something for false information... but I know we didn’t do anything wrong but refuse to let them see my dog what will happen??

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Juliet Piccone answered on Mar 16, 2020

Animal control officers can and will use deception while investing any number of complaints, even anonymous ones. I’ve had clients who were told the exact same thing, only to show their dog(s) to AC and have it seized for a completely different reason, for example to enforce a pit bull ban or to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: How can I get my puppy back if he was stolen from me?

January 31st so 6 weeks ago and 2 days my puppy was stolen out of my back yard at first I thought he ran out but a few weeks later one of the people who was watching out for my puppy found a girl who had posted him on her snap chat storey. So I was all like ok I will text her she lied and said that... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Mar 16, 2020

Gather up all the proof you have that the puppy is yours (where did you get him from, any vet records, a registered microchip would be great, photos, videos, witnesses) The police may only get involved if your puppy is worth enough for them to file misdemeanor or felony theft charges so keep that... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: can animale control come 3 weeks after my dog allegiedly attacked a pony for quorintine

there was two dogs involved an only one was removed

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Juliet Piccone answered on Mar 14, 2020

They are not quarantining your dogs, rabies is the only disease they would “quarantine” a dog for and the limit is 10 days from the bite. After 10 days you’re dog would be dead or extremely sick if it had rabies.

My guess is they told you its a quarantine to get you to hand over the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: A friend of mine has 8 cats. She lives in a townhouse. Can she find out who filed a complaint against her?
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Juliet Piccone answered on Jan 8, 2020

Yes. If criminal charges have been filed in municipal court she or her lawyer can and must request “discovery” and a witness list. I always file a detailed motion for discovery to ensure I receive all witness statements which includes body cam videos. Prosecutors rarely dig deep and typically... Read more »

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