Skyforest, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law for California

Q: is it legal to leave your dog in the backyard alone for months while you're away if someone comes by and feeds him?

i haven't seen my neighbor for 4 months but his husky dog has been in the backyard the whole time. i've seen different people come by and feed him but i haven't been able to catch them and ask what's up. the poor dog howls all the time. is this legal? should i call the cops or animal control ? can i just take him into my house?

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William John Light

  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You cannot take somebody else's animal because you don't approve of the manner in which they care for it. If you suspect Animal Cruelty, notify your local Animal Control office.

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