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0 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: Can I sue the animal shelter?

My animal was trapped by a city worker, stolen, and had his testicles removed without my permission or consent. Now my cat can NO longer breed, continue his blood line. Video surveillance as well.

I have before and after pictures.

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0 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Our small Texas County ~17K population discovered extreme abuse and neglect at our local animal shelter early Jan 2024.

A citizen found the door unlocked, and nobody there. The dogs were in bad shape, 1 dead, the rest near death starving and several unopened bags of food, no water, all laying in urine and feces. Our local law enforcement, Sheriff, and DA refuse to investigate or enforce animal protection law because... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Our small Texas County ~17K population discovered extreme abuse and neglect at our local animal shelter early Jan 2024.

A citizen found the door unlocked, and nobody there. The dogs were in bad shape, 1 dead, the rest near death starving and several unopened bags of food, no water, all laying in urine and feces. Our local law enforcement, Sheriff, and DA refuse to investigate or enforce animal protection law because... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Can an animal rescue take a dog back that we adopted from them for no valid reason?

The agreement says we need a fenced in yard. We have one and did not have the dog on a leash. They claim we lied about the fence and violated the adoption agreement, when the director really regrets adopting the dog out and has seller's remorse.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 28, 2024

No, an animal rescue cannot take an adopted dog back for no valid reason. They can only take an adopted dog back if the adopting person violates the adoption agreement. For example, if the adoption agreement requires you to have a fenced in yard, the animal rescue can take the dog back if you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: I need a lawyer in San Antonio Texas because my roommate or should say a person who lives in the same house with me .

This person let my dogs out and one of them who I think he dumped miles away came back around 8 hours later with injuries and could barely walk and she (Scarlett) needs to go to the vet. My other dog was here at the house

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 23, 2024

First, this is a Q&A forum in which individuals ask a legal question and Justia lawyers have the option of answering the questions. If you are looking for a lawyer for a specific legal matter, you should use the "Find a Lawyer" option and search for a lawyer in San Antonio or Bexar... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Can the vet clinic be held responsible if they neglected to listen when I asked to muzzle dog that led to a dog bite

I asked and told about 4 people in the room my dog needed to be muzzled before he went to be examined. I asked Atleast two times and they did not take me seriously and said he would be muzzled before the exam. The vet tech kneeled down to take my dogs temperature and because she was so close to... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 23, 2024

Yes, if the vet tech sues you, you can name the clinic as a responsible third party. The trier of fact would then have to decide the proportionate degree of fault for the vet tech's between you and the clinic.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Texas on
Q: Can you sue animal control for seizing your animals while you are in jail and have them euthanized
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 25, 2024

It depends upon the particular facts of your situation. It is important to consider what arrangements you made for your animals to be properly cared for while you were in jail and why the animals were seized by animal control.

If the animals were being properly cared for and animal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: What can I do if my dog ran out my yard and the mailman ran him over and didn’t stop and it was all caught on camera?

Will they pay his medical bills? Can I do any?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 22, 2024

Unless you can show that the mailman was negligent, it is unlikely that USPS will pay for the vet bills. In most urban areas in Texas, pet owners are subject to local ordinances that require that they control their pets by keeping them in fenced areas or on a leash. The failure to comply with... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: What if im letting my dog out and one charges my dog?
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answered on Jan 8, 2024

If another dog charges at your dog while you are letting yours out, the situation can quickly become complicated, both practically and legally. Firstly, your immediate concern should be the safety of both dogs and any people nearby. If possible, try to separate the dogs without putting yourself at... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Yes I was wondering is there a list that your name gets on that no matter what it's about you can't get an attorney?

I have tried and told my story so many times now that it breaks me into remembering everything I have gone through and I don't even know that I can do it again I'll pay someone I don't need someone to work for free I just need help I'm so tired of being walked on and abused... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 8, 2024

I have practiced law for more than 30 years and am unaware of any such list.

If you are experiencing grief or anxiety over the death of your service dog and/or are experiencing PTSD, you may need the help of a qualified mental health professional. While seeking such help decades ago may...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: My dog was tortured to death have vet statements witnesses,videos,physical evidence to hold individual responsible

I live on SSI trying to find Attorney that will work with me

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 22, 2023

While an attorney may accept such a case, remember that your damages for the death of a dog is the fair market value of the dog. Pets and other animals are considered personal property. Courts do not award "pain" or "mental anguish" damages based on the dog's suffering or... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law, Animal / Dog Law and Business Law for Texas on
Q: What type of lawyer do I need to form an LLC for a self employed individual?

Dog training private lessons

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answered on Oct 19, 2023

In Texas, you would generally need a business or corporate lawyer to assist with forming an LLC for your dog training private lessons business. These lawyers specialize in issues like entity formation, contracts, and compliance with state and federal laws. Some may also have experience specific to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Do I have a case in small claims court? Bought a puppy with AKC papers and breeder won't give them and is ignoring me

Breeder has been ignoring me for 8 months because I am asking for my dogs registration paperwork that she said he has. I paid $1500 for him under the assumption he had AKC papers and I have been lied to

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Aug 24, 2023

Yes, you have a valid small claims case. You should ask for either specific performance (i.e. give me the dog's registration papers) or the difference in value between an AKC registered dog (which most likely is the price you paid) and the value of an unregistered dog of the same breed (which... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Vet clinic stepped on our dog killing it. Can they be held accountable for pain and suffering and cost of dog?

Vet clinic boarded our dog and notified us that one of their workers stepped on the dog in his duties and the dog died. They admitted it in the dogs record of file. The story has changed from the initial notification that they failed their processes. Can they be held accountable for pain and... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Aug 10, 2023

Pain and suffering is generally not compensable in this type of case. But you can recover the fair market value of the dog at the time of death.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Who do I call to report?

Who do I call to report animal abuse? Do I just call the police and see if they Presa charges or do I call someone else?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 26, 2023

I would contact your local chapter of the SPCA. Beat cops are rarely familiar with animal cruelty laws. Your local SPCA will know the appropriate law enforcement agency and the appropriate person within that agency to report animal cruelty to. The SPCA representative will also most likely be... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Domestic Violence for Texas on
Q: How do I get my service animal back from my ex who stole her from me after having me arrested and restraining order

He has been putting his hands on me for a yr and he kidnapped my service dog after he had me arrested for defending myself for the first time ever she is registered to me I have had her 6yrs I have only been with him a yr

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jun 17, 2023

Send a letter demanding the return of your dog, then file a suit for replevin in a justice of the peace court where your ex lives

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Can a property owner be sued if a dog walker allows the dog to eat landscaping plants and the dog dies. This is Texas.
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jun 8, 2023

It depends upon the particular facts and circumstances of the situation. At first glance, it does not appear there are any facts creating a duty to the owner of the dog, but there may be additional facts not stated in this question that give rise to such a duty.

But remember that the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: If the apartment complex added unauthorized pet fees, after I gave her the survice pet certificate then added late fees

Because I was waiting for them to take off the unauthorized pet fees before I could pay the rent then took off the pet fees but not the late fees. But the rent would have been paid had they not added unauthorized charges do I have to pay the late fees?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 19, 2023

As long as you timely paid your rent minus the unauthorized pet fee, you should not owe any late fee.

On the other hand, if you didn’t timely pay your rent because of the additional unauthorized pet fee, you should still owe the late fee because you did not pay the undisputed amount owed on time.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Is it legal for a person to house 12 to 18 cats in a 1000 sq ft apartment dwelling. They eat 3 to 5 cups daily.

The house is very unhealthy. I divorced my wife because of this now I'm homeless. Section 8 is allowing a single woman to live in a house with 12 to 15 cats. The ammonia smells so strong it burns your eyes and nose. It's not healthy for her it hasn't been healthy for me in about 12... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 10, 2023

As her husband, you unquestionably had a greater say about this situation than any Section 8 agency.

You might be able to make some headway reporting her for animal cruelty if the health of the cats are endangered. As for her own health, that is really something for her to decide for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Hi my neighbor is feeding my dog through the fence. They are putting food next to the fence so my dog digs and claws.

What can I do about this. I have my dog on video trying to get to it through the fence and also all the food on the other side of the fence.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 9, 2023

Talk to your neighbor and ask them to stop.

If they refuse, you can build a tall sturdy opaque fence and plant shrubs with thorns and thick roots along the property line or build a dog run on the opposite side of your yard.

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