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Q: Can someone who rehomed a dog and asked for a $500 rehoming fee ask for him back?

Got a puppy from craigslist that was being rehomed she was asking for $500 as a rehoming fee that I did pay have messages between both us of the transaction. But now she is asking for me to give him back.

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Q: How can we get our dog back? Cops gave him back without making sure what story was true first.

A written agreement was made with signatures over dog ownership. It was agreed owner was giving up all rights for a 2 year old husky/heeler dog to us. She said a friend abandoned the dog with her and she had him for a month. Asked if we wanted the dog. We were friends and I let her keep the dog for... View More

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Q: Animal law or civil,? Colorado, please help me get Justice for my boy who was killed by HSPPR! Need info, please?

CO law says animals are personal property. Seized with warrant, then killed (for supposed seizures) day before hearing for release, no probable cause. 10 yr old licensed pet goat- my only family- destroyed. Motion for release of his remains, denied. Facing animal cruelty for his arthritis not being... View More

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answered on Dec 23, 2023

In Colorado, as in many states, animals are indeed considered personal property under the law. The situation you describe, involving the seizure and euthanization of your pet goat, raises several legal issues.

Firstly, if your animal was seized and then euthanized without proper...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Banking, Collections and Consumer Law for Colorado on
Q: Will a debt collection agency repossess my dog? how can I prevent that?

I fell behind on payments after losing my job.

The payments were towards a leasing agreement for a dog I purchased over a year ago. The amount on the lease was already much higher than the price that was listed on the dog but I didn't find out until after I signed the leasing... View More

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answered on Nov 12, 2023

In Colorado, the legality of repossessing a pet under a lease agreement can be a complex issue. Typically, pets are considered personal property, but repossession of an animal raises ethical and legal questions that are distinct from repossessing inanimate objects. If your lease agreement... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Federal Crimes for Colorado on
Q: What is the exact law for how you can't kill a human because they killed your pet, since pets are property?

For legal project I am trying to find the same or number of the law about not being able to kill someone because they murdered a pet, which in this case was a pet bird

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 27, 2023

It is unlikely you will find a statute explicitly addressing this question.

Instead, you will likely find “self-defense” statutes which describe when it is legal to use deadly force in the defense of yourself and, in many states, in defense of another person.

A few states allow...
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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?

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answered on Oct 7, 2022

If you can prove that you own the dog, you may be able to assert a replevin claim to get her back. If you both own the dog, it becomes trickier. In theory, you could do a partition action and ask the court to figure it out. I have done partition actions for land, but I know they can be done for... View 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... View More

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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.

You...
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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

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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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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

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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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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... View 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.

The...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
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?... View 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.

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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,... View 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... View 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... View 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... View 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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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... View 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... View 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... View 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.

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