Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Missouri

Q: There is a dog in an abandoned house. Can I bring it food and water until animal control gets a warrant?

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Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: While this answer is a bit late, I still wanted to respond so if anyone else has a similar question they can find an answer.

Your best bet is to call an animal welfare group or animal control before entering property that is not yours, even if you believe it to be abandoned. You could be charged with trespassing or get injured. If the dog is simply outside and you can easily and safely provide food and water, you physically can do so but it is at your own risk of injury and criminal charges if caught on the property by the owner. If the dog injures you, you will have no recourse as the dog is protecting its home and you're violating its space.

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