Alabama Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: Have dog 5 years. Family agreed to watch our dog until we got back on our feet-6 months, he chipped him & won't return

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Jul 8, 2018
Mr. James Parrish Coleman's answer
A dog is property. You can sue him. You are going to have to show that he agreed to keep the dog temporarily and that you didn't give the dog to him. GOod luck.

Q: My dog got ran over.Lady came back an hour later wanting reimbursement for car damage.Cant find my dog.What can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for Alabama on
Answered on Feb 5, 2018
Jeremy Cohen's answer
Hello,

Helpful information can be found on the county website, division of animal control. The website states: Animals are not permitted to run at large in Marshall County pursuant to state law. (Code of Alabama, Section 3-1-5).

They also may be able to assist you in locating your dog if your dog is still missing. Their website can be accessed at: http://marshallcountyanimalcontrolalabama.weebly.com

Q: Do we have claim to our cat, even though her adoption papers are in the name of our roommate?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Alabama on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017
Mr. James Parrish Coleman's answer
The cat is property. Cats are not actually "adopted" under Alabama law. The documents which transferred ownership of the cat probably show that she owns the cat. UNless you can show that you own the cat, you are probably out of luck.

Q: A Ferrell tom cat got into my garage and killed one of my own cats.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Apr 24, 2017
Samuel G McKerall's answer
Interesting question. I know of no reason why you couldn't do that, except that your use of the word "anywhere" is a concern. It would not be wise to do it just anywhere. For example, releasing it in a residential area or near a school would be a bad idea. The best location would probably be a wooded area in a state or federal park. We have quite a number of those in Alabama,

You might try calling the animal control officer for your area, and see if they will catch it and remove...

Q: My dog and another dog were in a fight a couple of weeks ago, I was bitten by the other dog. Is she liable?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Answered on Feb 2, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Depends on how it happened, but usually no unless the other dog came on to your property, was let run free etc. Contact a member of the Ala. Assn for Justice--they give free consultations.

Q: My neighbors pit bull chased me and bit my leg while I was walking my dog on her leash down a public street. Can I sue?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Answered on Jan 23, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Call the local dog warden or whoever enforces leash laws; they'll get a rabies record. Contact a member of the Alabama Assn for Justice--they give free consultations.

Q: My sister's dog, who we have kept for 3 wks. bit fedx man. Took him to hospital, he needs surgery. What should we do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Answered on Jan 19, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Notify your homeowners insurance. If you don't have homeowners then you'd want to consult an attorney, but I would suggest you start with a bankrupcy attorney not that you need to file now but you need to know your options. In the meantime I would avoid talking to anyone from the Fedex side at this time. 1)if you have homeowners just tell them to talk to homeowners. If you don't have homeowners, dont be speaking with them until you have met with the attorney, and at that point be governed by...

Q: How long can a stray dog stay on your property before you can find a home for it?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Jan 17, 2017
Brian Lehman's answer
I think your best resource on answer any questions you have will be a local humane society for animals such as this one: http://gbhs.org/about-us/frequently-asked-questions/

This article provided some good information too: http://www.wsfa.com/story/1633816/what-to-do-when-you-find-a-stray-dog-or-cat

Here is the link to Gadsden's Animal Control Department: http://www.cityofgadsden.com/index.aspx?NID=163

Finally, here are the statutes that apply in Gadsden:...

Q: Can I sue my neighbor for bullying me into getting rid of my dog.when i did the dog tried to come home and got hit.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Answered on Sep 13, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
No. No pain and suffering for loss of pet in most states if not all. But consult a member of the Alabama Assn for justice--they give free consults.

Q: I was bit by a pit bull on my leg on Feb. 25 and have no information on anything besides owner has court march 1st at 8.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Answered on Mar 1, 2016
Mr. Michael O. Stevens' answer
Find a local attorney who handles dog bites and then let them handle everything. Insurance companies do not feel threatened by individuals suing them, as they have a roster of attorneys on call.

Q: Does my mom have leg to stand on when it comes to a civil suit between her and another man over her dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Feb 8, 2016
Mr. James Parrish Coleman's answer
You could certainly go to court over this and say that the dog (which is property in the eyes of the law) was and remains your mother's property. If the other person's defense is simply that she now wants to the dog, then the other person will loose. COntact a lawyer and get all the facts to him or her and see if you have a remedy in District Court.

Q: What can I do if my neighbor does not keep her dog leashed and continues to allow it to potty in my yard?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 22, 2015
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Call animal control and have the dog picked up, the neighbor ticketed, or both.

Q: If Someone let my dogs out of my house when i wasnt home and one of my dogs got hit can i sue that person ?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 13, 2015
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Was this someone a member of your household, or a stranger. Did you tell the person to let the dogs out?

Q: Is it legal to kill a dog with high powered air pellet rifle.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Jul 25, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
It may be legal if self defense, but not just because the dog is on the property. Imagine how crazy that would be. Call the police.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education only. It is not legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the relevant...

Q: Am I legally responsible

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Jul 21, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
Not enough information to answer. Talk to a local animal law or injury lawyer. If a claim is made against you, your homeowner's (or renter's) liability insurance may cover it.

Q: Am I legally respinsible

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Jul 21, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
Not enough information to answer. Talk to a local criminal defense lawyer.

Q: A "friend" agreed to take care of our dog a couple weeks and refuses to let me get her back

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Jul 18, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
If it's your dog, you can see if you can (peacefully!) take him back, or you can sue.

Q: Can I have a fox as a pet in the state of Alabama?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Dec 5, 2014
William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
It sounds like a bad idea to me. The Alabama Administrative Code contains regulations promulgated by various Alabama State entities. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has promulgated 220-2-.26 which, among other things prohibits the possession of foxes brought in from other states. It says nothing about possession of a fox found in the State of Alabama. Alabama Code Section 9-2-13(c) makes it a class C misdemeanor to possess a prohibited animal...but specifies a...

Q: How can I get my pet back from someone who said they found it?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Sep 27, 2014
Mr. James Parrish Coleman's answer
If you can prove the pet is yours, and this is not a situation where you and another person lived together or something of that sort, the pet is your property. You own the pet against the "finder". You would file a suit for recovery of your property in District COurt. You need witnesses, vet records or something to show the pet is yours. File your suit in District Court.

Q: I can hear my upstairs neighbor beating her dog, but cannot physically see it. Will anything happen if I report it?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
Maybe. It can't hurt to call the animal control folks and tell them what's going on. Make a recording of what you hear and play it back to them.

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