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Q: What writ does one need to keep position of a dog

I have taken care of my yorkie for the last 2 + years. Vet Bill's and food and given him a place to stay and grow accustomed to. What paperwork do I need to file with the courts to retain position of Xander

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Feb 16, 2022

You don’t need a writ to keep possession of your dog; rather if another party is claiming ownership that party will need to go to court, file a replevin action against you and if that party is successful, he or she can enforce the judgment by getting a writ of assistance from the court directing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Arkansas on
Q: Can I sue someone for their animal infecting my grandkids with ring worm

The kids grand father has a bunch of cats and my grandkids now has ring worms all over them. The grandfather was told that the cats had ring worms and hasn’t done anything to correct this issue.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 11, 2020

An Arkansas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a general matter, ringworm could be a difficult form of injury upon which to base damages in a lawsuit. Added to that is the element of causality, where you would need to demonstrate the specific source of the... Read more »

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Q: If my dog is killed by a dog I am dog sitting does the dog owner have any liability for vet bills

Owner assured dog was safe around other dogs and offered by text to help with vet bills but now cannot be reached.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 16, 2020

Yes. Looks like you’ll have to sue or pursue criminal charges.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arkansas on
Q: For ESA dogs in Arkansas, Can you have 2 ESA dogs & have same rights in apt rental as you do w/just 1?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 13, 2020

Generally, yes. But you would need to be able to show that the needs for two ESAs is for two separate purposes.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arkansas on
Q: I live in arkansas and purchased a dog from a breeder in Missouri. I paid $1200. I was told that he had a slight heart

murmur 3 weeks before I picked him up but on the day I got there to pick him up I was told the heart murmur was gone. When I got back to arkansas I took the pup to vet for a wellness check only to discover he still has a murmur. I texted the breeder but no response. Am I entitled to my money back ?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 1, 2020

It depends on what your breeder purchase contract says about health defects. Generally, heart murmurs in young dogs or certain types of dogs are normal, and just need to be monitored. Sometimes they even go away in young dogs. Either way, keep your dog healthy with regular vet checkups and take a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Arkansas on
Q: If someone’s dog kills your dog can you take that dog to the pound
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 11, 2018

No, you must call the dog warden or police--depends on your state and township as to how dog cases are handled.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Arkansas on
Q: My dog got hit no leash law am I responsible for repairs of the car? Lady was on her cell phone

We live in Arkansas there is no leash law for dogs a lady was speeding down our road on her cell phone with no shoes my dog was chasing a weenie dog across the street my husband went after him my dog was trotting back across the street when this lady plows into him my husband tried to flag her down... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 31, 2017

Turn it over to your insurance company. You are each partially at fault.She should have been looking and wasn't . You have a duty whatever animal it is to keep it off the roadway. Which means stop it from getting on the roadway in the first place.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: Is killing a K9 dog a felony and considered murder?

If purposely causing the death of a police K9 can you be charged with murder in Arkansas

Adam Joseph Childers
Adam Joseph Childers answered on Aug 4, 2017

Purposefully killing a Law Enforcement K9 is considered a Class D felony under Arkansas Code 5-54-126.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Arkansas on
Q: My dog was hit in my yard by a car I do have video what can I do
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 11, 2016

You can make a claim against the driver for vet bills (assuming the driver wasn't authorized to be on your yard).

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Arkansas on
Q: In the state of arkansas how many days/hrs is animal control required to hold your animal [dog] before adopting it out?

Currently dealing with animal control regarding them adopting my 5 year old yorkie out after we contacted them several times letting them know we were trying to obtain the outrageous amount of money they were asking for. I believe they adopted him out early, because they are trying to claim my... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Sep 3, 2015

Read the local ordinances.

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