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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: At what point can I assert ownership of a stray dog.

Two large stray dogs showed up at my rural home. We cared for both for three days before taking the smaller of the two to the local shelter to see if he was chipped. He was chipped and the shelter contacted the registered owner. I informed the shelter that I have the other dog at my home. The two... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 26, 2018

Pursuant to state law, the shelter has to hold dogs with ID for five days (three for dogs without ID). Once the hold period is up they can do whatever they want with the dogs, so make sure you've put in written requests to adopt both dogs NOW and follow up daily.

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Q: A guy left his dogs with my friend. She then contacted him stating that she cannot keep them. He never responded.

She gave them away and now he wants them back. What should she do?

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 25, 2018

She should have a consultation with an experienced animal attorney, there is not enough information here to give any type of sound advise.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: If a person purchases an item in "good faith" & later finds out the item was reported stolen,can they now keep it?

My service dog was stolen and a report done. Later we found the animal and they ones that had it didn't steal it but they bought it in "good faith" They do not want to give the animal back. The police have been over there and told them they are now in possession of stolen property... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 28, 2018

The police typically will not intervene in cases involving property disputes regarding dogs. Your best bet is to sue them for replevin in county court (not small claims court), and make a civil claim under the rights to stolen property statute. If they truly are a good faith purchaser you would... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My husband packed his personal belongings and left a month ago. He left his 3 dogs here, can I get rid of dogs

He has his son come by daily, after I leave for work, and sneak through the back yard and through a doggy door to feed them. These are large German shepherds and I won’t even go to my back yard with them out there. I have 2 dogs of my own, who come in the house. I want to clean up my backyard and... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 10, 2018

Have divorce proceedings been started? Does your husband co-own the home or co-lease it? Were the German Shepherds his before you got married or acquired during the marriage? Are the German Shepherds being left outside all day/night? Are the dogs vicious? There are a multitude of questions that... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: I rescued my dog 3 years ago and I love him. How long does a rescue have to enforce the contact?

I signed an “adoption contract” 3 years ago with this rescue. They recently called and asked me to fill out a form to check and see if I have been taking good care of him. I have been doing my best I can, I absolutely love him. The last year has been financially has been tough due to major... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 4, 2018

First, it would depend on what the contract says. Second, it would depend on if just not getting a vaccination updated is severe enough of a breach of contract to warrant reclamation. Either this is not all of the story, or you adopted from a very strict rescue that may not be looking at the... Read more »

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Q: Can I shoot my neighbors dog if it get thru the fence to my side or gets out and is on my property?

I have two pitbull a next door that are aggressively barking constantly threw the fence every time we are in our backyard.i have 1male pitbull and 1female as well,they are known in neighborhood and are not aggressive to others.the dogs next door are supposedly rescues and I’m worried that they... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 4, 2018

Why don't you call animal control? Do you really think it's a good idea to discharge a firearm in a neighborhood? Especially in your scenario where your daughter is in the backyard too? The only specific exemption for shooting a dog is in the state anti-animal cruelty statute which says... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Gaining custody of my ex's dog.

My exgirlfriend left colorado on a trip to Europe for 3 weeks and left her dog with me without planning for his needs while she was gone (food, boarding, etc..). She now extended her trip for at least another month, could be more. I care for the dog and want to gain custody of him since his... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 15, 2018

You are a bailee under Colorado law, this is what is called a bailment of property. I can see no set of circumstances in which any judge or jury would give you ownership of this dog. Your recovery would be limited to reasonable value of services/out of pocket costs for taking care of her dog.... Read more »

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Q: i rescued an abandoned dog when the owner (brother in law) passed away and now 2 years later the daughter wants the dog.

at the time of the rescue, the other brother and general partner of the farm let us take the dog as we had a relationship with it. the daughter of the deceased is the sole heir of her fathers estate and is claiming the dog now 20 months later. does she have standing to do so? she intends to give... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 16, 2018

Did the estate go through probate? Is the daughter the personal representative? These are questions that must be answered to determine if she has standing. If yes to the first to questions, and she intends to give the dog away to someone else, would it make sense to try to negotiate with her to... Read more »

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Q: My aunt gave my dog away, can I get her back?

My aunt was watching my dog while I was with my son when he had surgery in another city. I had been in contact with my aunt daily for 4 days, I told her on the 5th day I was going to come get her and she was going to stay with my friend in the city I was in. At that time she informed me she gave my... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 9, 2018

There really is not enough information to answer this question properly. Does your aunt live in Colorado? Can you get her to tell you who she gave your dog to? Is your dog microchipped? Is she lying to you, i.e. did she in fact lose your dog or bring it to a shelter? You should investigate all... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: purchased rehoming dog for service dog training dog is lame now and was not disclosed of steel rod in leg can't use her

We purchased dog for training as a service dog, appeared fine on initial testing, now she is lame and was checked out to see what the problem was and discovered steel rod in leg that did not heal properly and will required additional surgery with not a good out come. This injury was not disclosed... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 8, 2018

I'd suggest you repost your question with what it is you want to know and more facts. Was this an expensive dog from a breeder or a rescue? Or just a purchase from a private party/ non animal dealer? You probably need an actual consultation with an experienced animal attorney to figure out if... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: chipped dog that was stolen

dog was stolen & was a registered pet in my name plus chipped for extra security . He was found at individuals who tried to steal him apx 6 mos prior, police reports done. for all occasions. Dog ended at shelter. They said they called but only left mess. I never got that mess & my dog was... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Jul 31, 2018

This is governed by state statute. If you fail to reclaim your pet after 5 days, it becomes the property of the shelter, and if you try to sue them, they are immune. They are not even required to notify you. Sorry, but I don't think you'll be getting your dog back.

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Can the person who found my dog adopt her out without my knowledge or consent?

A lady found my dog and I responded to her but she kept saying she would give me my dog back but then she stopped answering me. Found out she adopted her out without my knowledge or consent. How do I go about getting my dog back into my care? Mind you this was in Colorado and a year ago. I just... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Jul 25, 2018

If it was a year ago, my first question would be why has it taken so long for you to act? In any type of replevin case the court could look at equitable principles of laches meaning why did you wait so long. That being said, was your dog microchipped? If so, and if you could find the person who... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Can my boyfriend take my dog?

My dog’s adoption papers and license are under my name and has lived with me 100% of the time in my house. Since my boyfriend saw the dog at the shelter but was unable to adopt him, he thinks the dog is his. I fostered the dog for about two months and then, after repeated failed meet and greets... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Jul 19, 2018

Dogs are considered property, so the issue will be who purchased the property, which it sounds like was you since you say the adoption papers are in your name. Seeing the dog in the shelter, without more like actively communicating with the shelter about co-adopting the dog, cohabitating, caring... Read more »

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Q: Best recourse for a breeder who sold a puppy that died of defect,had health contract, and fraudulent paperwork?

Puppy was purchased from a breeder out of state. Breeder called two weeks before puppy was 8 weeks old and said he was in town with our puppy. We would have preferred to wait until 8 weeks, but said he wouldn't be available..we took the puppy. Puppy suddenly dies at 12 weeks. We call breeder,... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Jul 11, 2018

It was illegal for him to sell you a puppy younger than 8 weeks old. File an online complaint with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Pet Animal Care Facilities Act division. Furthermore, this individual may need to have a USDA (united states department of agriculture) license, so check with... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: Dont know what to do about my landlord. Dog bite him while he entered my how without my knowledge.

So I rent part of a duplex and today while my wife and child and I were watching TV we heard the back screen for open. My heart skipped a beat because we live downtown and our backyard is next to an alley. So I was startled and started to stand up from the couch, then me and my wife both heard the... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Jul 2, 2018

Your landlord should not be coming into your house whenever he feels like it. Treat your dog as if he/she is on quarantine, i.e. don't take your dog anywhere and don't let strangers come into contact for 10 days. If animal control comes to investigate, explain the situation to them. I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: I am having trouble with my next door neighbors dog getting in to our fenced yard harrassing our horse?
Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Jun 25, 2018

Have you talked to your neighbor about this? This would be trespass and potentially more, and legally you would have the right to shoot the dog (that's how serious this is considered in CO), so perhaps a discussion with the dog's owner or local animal control is in order!

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: A friend of mine, who resides in Colorado, is going on vacation from 7/6 to 7/15 and leaving his two dogs home alone.

There’s a doggie door so they have access to the patio to go potty. He has an automatic water dispenser for them and someone will come in to feed them twice a day. They will be alone overnight. I’m concerned that the dogs will have little human contact and will be left alone for too long.... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Jun 25, 2018

Nothing you describe is criminal in nature. As long as the dogs have food, water and shelter, there is not neglect. He has not abandoned them. The legal definition of abandon under Colorado Revised Statutes is: 18-9-201 (1) "Abandon" means the leaving of an animal without adequate... Read more »

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Q: Is there a law against taking pictures of someones dog without their consent in colorado
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Juliet Piccone answered on Jun 11, 2018

If your dog is in plain view, no. If the dog is somewhere that you would have an expectation of privacy, maybe but probably not. Usually the law only prohibits someone from taking sexually explicit photos or photos for sexual gratification.

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Q: My mom went on vacation and left her dogs who just had puppies with the old owner. They gave her the dog not knowing she

Was pregnant from their other dog, when they came to get the puppies they specifically told my mom in front of us that they are her dogs and when she gets back she can come get them, now the lady wont answer my mom back and wouldnt let me go see the dogs while my mom was gone we have text message... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Jun 6, 2018

You can try to sue her for replevin in small claims court, but it will be a he said she said situation as to who owns the mom and puppies. If they claim they didn't give the mother to your mom, then they still own her and the puppies. Typically whoever owns the mom owns the puppies,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: In Larimer County, can my dog be on the property contained by an invisible electric fence or must it be visible?

My German Shepherd stays in my yard, behind my fence, on a zip line (zip line ensures he doesnt jump of we arent home) however our property is lined with an underground electric fence and if we are outside with him, he roams the whole property restrained by the electric fence. Is this ok, or must... Read more »

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Juliet Piccone answered on Jun 6, 2018

To answer your question as long as he's on your property I can't see what crime is committed. But electronic fences are not fool proof. In addition I do not recommend keeping a dog on a teather, he may hurt himself. I also don't recommend leaving your dog out when you're not... Read more »

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