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Q: My ex is keeping my service dog from me. How do I get her back?

We shared most of the expenses, split pretty much everything, I trained the dog, she lived with me for 4 months before I moved in with my ex. She is my registered service animal & emotional support animal. How do I get her back?

0 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: My roommate hasn't paid their bills, and their pets are tearing up the apartment. What should I do?

As of the first, she will be 1.5 months behind on rent and utilities. When she moved in a couple months ago she hid the fact that her "service" animal was pregnant. The puppies are a breach of the lease and they are tearing up the apartment. I've been trying to help her hide the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: Maintenance team accidentally let my dog out of my unit and he ran away.

I was notified of the maintenance (there’s never been any issues) I received a call that my dog had “gotten out” and they were attempting to retrieve him. Then I got a call a bit later stating they had “lost sight of him”. I left work after the first call to go get my dog myself but they... Read more »

Michael Joseph Larranaga
Michael Joseph Larranaga
answered on Oct 3, 2022

The dog is back safe and sound. That is the important thing. If the dog got out during a scheduling maintenance event, then it may be no more than mere negligence. It sounds like the landlord tried to do the right thing by looking for the dog and paying for all the associated costs.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: I have an apartment lease which stipulates certain breads of dogs considered dangerous and not allowed.

There are many dogs on that list now living in my complex. The office says the owners of those dog’s presented documents claiming the dogs are “emotional support “ animals and they are required to accept them. How is this not a breech of my lease which prohibits such dogs? Thank you

Michael Joseph Larranaga
Michael Joseph Larranaga
answered on Sep 16, 2022

In many circumstances federal and state law trumps contract law. Contract law must live in the legal framework setup by both the state and federal governments. A personal contract typically cannot supersede a state or federal law unless the law allows itself to be superseded.

If a contract...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: How much force am I allowed to use to defend myself from an attacking dog

This attack occurred on my property against myself and my dog who was on a leash we were attacked by three large dogs over 100 lb each

Michael Joseph Larranaga
Michael Joseph Larranaga
answered on Aug 26, 2022

Use of force is a factual question in every case. That being said, use of force against a human is vastly different than use of force against an animal. There is a chance you may run afoul of animal abuse laws, local ordinances, and other. But a dog can kill you.

If this is a continuous...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Are dogs considered property in Colorado? If so, is a stolen dog a police matter?
Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Jul 27, 2022

You need to post this in Colorado forum

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My ex-girlfriend stole my cat. Can I get my cat back?

My ex-girlfriend showed up to my apartment uninvited requesting to retrieve the remainder of her items. I allowed her in and she ended up staying a while. I had fallen asleep and when I woke up, my ex and my cat were both gone. I had adopted the cat after we broke up and have documentation that I... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on May 15, 2022

Yes you can still sue her for replevin. I’d also add claims for civil theft (possibility of being awarded attorney fees and triple damages), and also a claim for conversion which has a different mental state requirement than civil theft. The key is getting a show cause hearing set.

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Q: Neighbor yelled at me for letting my dog pee on the grass in a public area.

I was waking my dogs around the neighborhood and one peed on the grass. The area is a public area and NOT private property. He suggested I go all the way to the green belt and only let my dogs pee in those bushes. Which seems ridiculous. What are the laws about dogs peeing on grass in public areas?... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on Sep 6, 2021

In Littleton CO there is no ordinance pertaining to dog urine specifically, the closest thing I could find is this and I don’t believe it applies:

6-1-1: CONDITIONS AND ACTS PROHIBITED:

B. Annoying Odors: The maintenance on any premises in the City of a dog or other animal in such...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Is it illegal to abandoned and not pick up a dog after asking someone to temporarily watch the dog?

Roommate accepted watching a dog from someone outside the household. Is days past the time for pick up and they haven't picked up the dog, and unable to get a hold of.

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on Sep 6, 2021

The roommate who agreed to watch the dog is responsible for its care unless he/she transfers it to a local humane society clearly stating all the details of ownership known to them, identifying the owner and disclosing the details about the owner can’t be contacted.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Our neighbors let their animals roam around, here in Colorado Springs, CO. They don't take care of them properly and...

Now we have a pitbull coming to our house all the time, to play with our dogs. He's the sweetest dog. He doesn't like to go back home because he loves us so much. Can we claim this dog if the owners let it roam? I'm afraid of it being hit by a car. The dog played as of his paw hurt,... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on Aug 11, 2021

See if HSPPR is still allowing at home stray holds. If yes, contact them stating you found this dog wandering multiple times and you’re afraid it will get hurt if allowed to roam but you’d rather have the dog do the required stray hold at your home instead of their shelter. State you want to... Read more »

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Q: Can I legally throw peanut shells into my neighbor’s yard? He put them there because he feeds the squirrels.
Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on Aug 1, 2021

No. That would be littering. However, it is not legal to feed squirrels in Denver.

Sec. 8-72. - Keeping wild or dangerous animals prohibited.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, maintain, feed, harbor, transport or sell within the city any living wild or...
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Q: Do I have any rights even though I relinquished them?

Unexpected death in immediate family out of state, nobody was willing/able to watch my dog while I was gone for the service. I could not board him on such short notice due to the boarding facility never having boarded my dog before. Explained situation to vet and they found a rescue for my dog to... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on Aug 1, 2021

Probably not. A competent animal attorney would need to review the documents you signed and obtain more factual information about the situation to see if you have any valid defense.

Have you tried contacting the rescue? Even if you have to pay to adopt him back you should try because...
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Q: getting divorced we shared custody of the dog (which I bought) for a few weeks, she dropped him off now I don't want to

Give him back I have a protection order against her and the dog is on there as well. I have paid vet bills im the only one with a home. He is attached to this home because he has a puppy brother here as well. What kind of rights dose she have to the dog? It was not gifted to her. She took him when... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on Aug 11, 2021

The dog will be treated exactly as all your other property and I would make sure your final orders specifically state who gets the dog; shared custody cannot be ordered because it’s a dog not a child.

If you bought the dog during the marriage and it was not a replacement dog for one you...
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Q: Can animal control give me a ticket for an incident they never showed up to and happened a week ago ?

My dog got out and was excited and jumped on a neighbor so they called animal control but I got my dog back inside and animal control nor police ever showed up. They called me this week and told me I have to go to court

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jul 7, 2021

Yes. They can file a criminal complaint against you with just a complaint (verbal or written) from the alleged victim. It would be in your best interest to hire an attorney to advocate for you at court. These dangerous dog or potentially dangerous dog charges are serious, carrying with them a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My ex won't return my dog. She claims I gave him to her. What court do I file a lawsuit in to get my dog back?

I have the purchase receipt in my name only. I also had to get my mother's permission to buy the dog, since I'm living at home and attending college. We're both listed on the veterinarian records Although she filled them out and put her name first. Because of this this registration... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on Jul 2, 2021

You would file a replevin action in the county court where the dog is assumed to be located at.

Replevin is a complicated process but you can attempt to represent yourself by using forms created by the state of Colorado. The forms are categorized under "Money Cases" for some...
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Q: So my mom won’t let my dad have my dog over to his house cause my dog is comforting her new boyfriend who is bipolar

My mom and dad bought the dog and gave him to me my name is on his collar can I legally take my dog to my dads and leave him there? Also I would like for my dog to stay at my dads because he is diabetic and has kidney failure so I want my dog to be his service animal he wants that also. My dad... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jun 14, 2021

Yes legally you can take your dog to your dad’s house and leave him there.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Colorado on
Q: If I bought a dog from somebody and they weren't up to date on the shots and I wanted to return the dog and get a refund

And is it illegal to sell a dog without up-to-date shots to somebody

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jun 9, 2021

Depending on where the dog came from, it is very likely a PACFA violation. Age could also be a problem (a dog sold too young (i.e., less than 8 weeks old) to receive certain shots is a violation - although dogs do not have all their shots at 8 weeks due to boosters being necessary over a period of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for Colorado on
Q: Can I sue for defamation for a neighbor spreading lies about our dog?

Our neighbor has been spreading lies about our dogs for years. Saying they were viscous, they have attacked them, etc. Our dog got into some trouble and their lies caused the situation to escalate quickly and resulted in our dog being taken away for 6 weeks, and going through a whole ordeal. In... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jun 8, 2021

Unfortunately, no because Colorado views dogs as property so that would be like suing for defamation for someone spreading lies about your couch. But you will need representation if you have been cited for a criminal violation by animal control. If you can prove your neighbors engaged in abuse of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Under abandonment and neglect laws what to do?

Friend drops off dog in January or February of this year. Since then the dogs anxiety of missing owner kicked in forcing us to purchase 2 dog cones by now to prevent excessive licking of paws. Both broke. We've contacted owner saying either to pick up the dog or schedule a vet appointment so... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on May 21, 2021

Take the dog to the vet and send the owner the bill.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: We adopted a puppy from a local rescue. We need to relinquish puppy but rescue is non-responsive. What are our options?

The contract we signed stated in the event of relinquishment, we are required to return the dog to the rescue. Legally, how long does the rescue have to accept the dog back? It's been 2 months since we contacted them. While they may be overwhelmed, this isn't a good situation all around... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Apr 21, 2021

They are most likely overwhelmed. But that does not excuse them from their contact. Keep trying. In the meantime, if you’re reasons for relinquishment are behavioral, consider hiring a trainer or see if there’s dog has underlying health issues like an undescended testicle or something otherwise... Read more »

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