San Jose, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York

Q: A friend that live in NY got served with a city complaint about her dog. Does she needs a lawyer to go to the hearing?

A lady who filed it accused my friend of having her dog threatened her while walking pass my friend’s property with no fence. The dog is friendly and well behave. She also does not remember interacting with the accuser or anyone. So we are not sure here if we need a lawyer

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO

A: I would highly recommend she get a lawyer when going to court. The consequences to your friend and her dog could be serious, so it's always best to speak to a lawyer to go over defenses and consequences prior to going to court.

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: If this is a hearing to determine if your friend’s dog be deemed a “dangerous dog” there may be serious consequences. Depending upon the facts, a judge may impose restrictions on the dog, may require training, muzzling or other limits on its movements. In cases where there is a history of aggressive behavior or serious injury the dog could be euthanized. Speaking with an attorney is definitely advised.

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