It is illegal under federal law to discriminate in providing housing to any disabled person because they have an emotional support animal. You can request appropriate medical documentation from the disabled tenant confirming that they are actually disabled and that they require the services of an...View More
You sound like you may need an abuse protection order if your safety is threatened by your partner. In a divorce you can motion the Probate and Family Court to have the dog reciting your history of caring for the pet.
I currently have a restraining order against my ex partner he left his snake here it has been 2 weeks and I have fed the snake and taken care of the snake for this period of time and informed him he needed to come pick him up and have heard nothing how long legally is it until the animal is... View More
You have a restraining order. There's going to be a lot more flexibility before the pet is considered abandoned. He cannot communicate with you in any way, shape or form without violating the restraining order, nor can he come to the house unattended. There is no bright line rule on the number...View More
Long story short my apt building sold and with pandemic now and everything it's been hard finding a place. One that expects pets and I can afford. But now the person who has been watching my dog is trying to steal them from me because they have grown attached and wanted their own dog now. Can... View More
You should ask for your dog back and find someone else if you still do not have a place. If this person refuses, you should not wait to take legal action. Dogs and other companion animals are still considered property in Massachusetts, so the person will have to return your dog to you unless the...View More
A friend was watching my dog while I was at work and walked into the store and tied him up outside and left accidentally without the dog returned a couple of hours later dog being held at store until animal control arrives owner went to store with updated license and vaccinations
Animal control should release the dog to you once you provide proof of ownership - dog license, photos, whatever you have - provided the officer believes that someone else, not you, left you dog tied for hours and that you did not neglect or abuse your dog. You should be aware that animal control...View More
Purchase dog in MASS dog from NY. seller owns dog training business which is place of purchase. They will refund money if I give the dog back. obviously we are attached to the dog and want to keep her. we have experienced much pain and suffering and I have big medical bills. they said unaware of... View More
I am so sorry to hear about your dog. The first place to look would be the contract to see what options are listed there. There might be a 93A Consumer Protection case but you would need to consult with an attorney on the specific facts to see if that avenue is open to you.
I have a question about two of my dogs. I was with someone for 6 years and after a year in a relationship. He gifted me a dog. I also ended up buying my other dogs. In that relationship every time I tried to leave he would threatened to take both dogs. It took me a while before I... View More
Even though dogs are part of the family, this actually isn't a family law issue, it is a property issue. In divorces, pets are handled in the same way as property and divided between the parties in some way. Sometimes there is an every-other-week arrangement like you agreed to previously. When...View More
No contract I have all text messages which we did the deal he has a website which he has all his terms and conditions that gives a cash refund if the dog is found to be sick 72 hours by a legal veterinarian he did tell me that his littermate tested positive the night before I was going to pick her... View More
First, I am so sorry that your new puppy was sick! As to your course of action, it depends. You are above the amount for small claims court but it can be hard to get an attorney to take a case to trial if the sum isn't a lot higher. You may be able to do a demand letter for a settlement...View More
While I can't speak to your specific situation unless you are a client, I can say that animals are considered property in Massachusetts. That means someone has to show ownership, whether it's by a title or some other means, in order to own a dog. For example, if it's a car, there is...View More
A situation like that really depends on the details. Dogs are considered property in Massachusetts, so it's similar, as awful as this sounds, to losing someone's property. Anyone can sue, so it comes down to whether you would be found responsible for the loss. And, as I said, that really...View More
Ok so I have this friend whom I’ve known for a while were not best friends but I’ve always been able to lend a helping hand, she asked me if I could watch her dog around late November, she didn’t have anywhere to put him at the time. Due to financial reasons, and living on college campus. I... View More
- my sister moved out and left the dog to me. I then moved out due to family problems. And they dog is still there. I come by regularly and see the dog. I want to take her back from my Grandmother and I feel like there might be some issues. What could I possibly do about this situation? The place... View More
I can't give you legal advice on your exact situation because you aren't my client. Generally speaking, a dog is considered property in Massachusetts. That means someone has to show they own the dog in order to take that dog away from someone else. In dog cases, it's usually easier...View More
I can't answer your situation specifically because you aren't my client. Generally speaking, there are various ways to prove dog ownership, such as being the owner on a microchip ID, being listed as an owner at the vet, registering the dog with the city or town to get a dog license, and...View More
Have you received medical treatment for same? Are there any scars? You may have a harassment claim against the landlord and if there have been three harassing incidents by this person you can obtain an order from the district court for your locality, but there are special rules under the COVID...View More
The courts view pets as property, therefore this isn't really a family law issue even though all the parties are (or were) family members. He could file a claim in small claims court or if he has documentation that the dog belongs to him (registration, etc.) he might be able to bring a...View More
** continued caregiver to take care of her while I traveled to take care of my father for 4 weeks. I had supplied a large bag of food a blanket of mine some toys etc. It has now been almost two months and I am being ignored by the woman whom was watching her. She claims she is in love with her now... View More
I can't speak to your specific case because we don't have an attorney-client relationship. However, dogs are considered property under Massachusetts law. Certain things like microchips and documents may be able to prove that a dog belongs to someone. The police sometimes help in a...View More
I can't speak to your specific issue unless you are a client. Generally speaking, under Massachusetts law, a dog is considered property. Several options exist when someone takes property. One option is to file a police report. If the police will not handle the matter, then you may need to...View More
During the 2.5 months that I have had this dog I have taken him to the vet to be brought up to date on his vaccinations and to be be neutered. He had never been to the vet with the person who sold him.
Under Massachusetts law, a dog is considered property. So, as awful as it sounds, think of the sale as you would the sale of something like a car or a boat. Generally speaking, a seller cannot take back property once it is sold. I say generally because each case turns on the facts. If there was...View More
We lived together for two years in my home. During that time he did work around the house such as adding a fence and adding to a heating system. He also paid for several trips. He lives somewhere where he cannot have pets. Says dogs can stay with me as long as I sign an agreement to pay him half... View More
Were you married? If not, then his payment for trips and home improvements on your home may be considered gifts, unless there were explicit loan agreements between you regarding these expenditures. As for the ownership of the dogs, were they gifts to you? Why are they registered in your name? More...View More
The neighbors rent the house behind us and their daughter took pieces off my fence. My dogs got out as a result of this and one was hit by a car. Will the landlords homeowners insurance cover the vet bills or do I have to sue the tenants directly?
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