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Q: My neighbor kicked my dog, what action should i need to do to? Should i file case against him?

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Marco Caviglia
Marco Caviglia

A: In NY, dogs are chattel (property) and you might be able to recover the cost of veterinarian services for damages. Assuming no demonstrable injury, depending on the circumstances, you can report the neighbor to the local humane authority. It really depends on the circumstances if you want to escalate the matter. Under the Agriculture and Markets Law, animal cruelty might apply but that is up to the investigation by the humane officer.

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