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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Real Estate Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Alabama on
Q: Myself and 8 others own an undivided lot lot with boathouses and lake access. a new is using the lot. Can he w/o permi?

The new neighbor lives adjacent to our undivided lot and got the idea if he kept it up then they could use it for extra room when having get togethers. I am concerned about injuries and them claiming the lot for themselves since they kept it up and used it for all those years. Am I correct in... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Jun 23, 2021

I believe you have answered you question: contact an attorney in your area, discuss your situation and/or give him the above post, and ask what to do/what does he recommend.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: Question about Pet custody.

In 2013 my husband and I purchased a family dog and of course let his daughter pick out and name the dog. Now she 17 and no longer comes to visit. Her Mother his ex wife is now suing us for custody of max the dog. she has no monetary ownership nor has the dog ever lived with her. they had been... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Dec 2, 2020

Probably not. She has no ownership interest. That said, people can sue for anything. The clerks at court do not have the authority (or time) to screen cases to see whether they are valid or not. The real question is whether the person filing the suit will win. Based on what you said, it sounds like... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: Can I shoot a dog for killingy cat on my property

Dog has killed other neiborhs animals but no proof

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 27, 2020

No. Call animal control to report the attack.

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Alabama on
Q: I think a vet clinic is responsible for the death of my cat, any advice?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 25, 2020

You’ll have to either sue or file a complaint with your local licensing board.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: Found puppies in TN

Could I take them to a vet and get a health record? With them being found, they did not know anything about them. If taking to a vet will work, would it need to be in TN or would my AL vet work?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 20, 2020

You AL vet is fine.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: Someone found puppies in the woods in TN & I live in AL. Can I take these puppies across state lines?

I agreed to come get the puppies so they were safe. He gave me his address and told me to come get them. Now someone else is wanting them so they are threatening me with court and police. Is there anything they can do since I have proof he told me to come get them and gave me his address?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 18, 2020

If you have agreement with the owner of the puppies that the puppies are yours, then they are yours. You can travel across state lines but make sure you have the proper health documents, too.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: My dog has gotten my dad's deceased girlfriend's dog pregnant again. Do I get custody of the puppies by default?

So last month my dad's girlfriend passed away. However my dog and her dog are mates and are about to have another litter of puppies. The girlfriend's two children were left her belongings and her stepbrother is the executor of the will. Legally am I entitled to the litter even though my... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 10, 2020

Generally, in breeding contract situations where all breeders are actively involved, siring the puppies would give you an ownership interest if that was contracted for. Usually, though, a "stud fee" is paid for the male dog's "performance" so to speak. It sounds like this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Alabama on
Q: My dog was ran over (I witnessed it) by a truck going 50 mph down a dead end road in the country. What could I do?

The speed limit on my road is 15 mph! The person who ran him over NEVER stopped or turned around after obviously running a dog over. My dog was ran over right beside our mailbox, basically in my YARD. the truck that ran him over should have been on the right side of the road but my dog was on the... Read more »

Christopher Belk Estes
Christopher Belk Estes answered on Jun 10, 2020

Oh my gosh. That is terrible and I am so sorry for your loss. You should report this to the Police and the District Attorneys Office and see if you can get them to pursue animal cruelty charges against this person. As for a civil case, unfortunately animals are treated as property and valued as... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: My sister was in a drug recovery center when the manager pit bull bit her in the face causing major damage. What should

What should she start off asking for damages. Her eye and lip was really damaged

J. Brent Burney
J. Brent Burney answered on Apr 25, 2019

Dog attack and dog bite cases can be difficult cases primarily due to insurance coverage issues. The first thing your sister should do is to put the dog owner and drug recovery center an official notice of her claim for damages. To fully protect her rights she should consult a personal injury... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
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

We moved in with an uncle when he asked us to help him take care of his dying partner (bone cancer) shortly after his passing he kicked us out and said he would keep our dog until we were in a good place. We found out he had him chipped and now he will not give him back to us. We've had our... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jul 8, 2018

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for Alabama on
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?

The lady lives at the end of my road. Every time she comes by she is speeding way over the 25mh speed limit. I still haven't found my dog to know if hes hurt or dead. This lady came back am hour after running my dog over wanting money. I think if my dog is hurt or dead she should pay me for... Read more »

Jeremy Cohen
Jeremy Cohen answered on Feb 5, 2018

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...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: Do we have claim to our cat, even though her adoption papers are in the name of our roommate?

My friend and I, along with our roommate, adopted a cat. The adoption papers are in the roommate's name, but we equally split the cost of the adoption fee, vet bills, and our apartment pet fee. Our roommate is now moving out and says she is going to take the cat. Can she legally do this? Or... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Nov 15, 2017

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: A Ferrell tom cat got into my garage and killed one of my own cats.

I have a have-a-heart trap that I could try to catch him with. If successful can I release it anywhere away from my neighborhood or in some wooded area?

Samuel G McKerall
Samuel G McKerall answered on Apr 24, 2017

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
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?

Can I still report it?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 2, 2017

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
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?

Around 9:45 pm on Jan 21,2017, I was walking my dog on her leash down a public side street in my town when a large black or blue blur came running up to me and my dog. I pulled my dog close to me and started to jog away from the dog. The dog then ran around us barking so I turned around to walk... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 23, 2017

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
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?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 19, 2017

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: How long can a stray dog stay on your property before you can find a home for it?

Found ad posted but no one ever came looking for it.

Brian Lehman
Brian Lehman answered on Jan 17, 2017

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:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
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.

The were basically complaining that my dog was watching them over the fence.She told me her dog would kill my dog if she jumped over the fence. My dog never jumped over the fence. They sent harassing text messages and even came over to do nothing but complain after I haven't talked to them in... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 13, 2016

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
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.

What procedures do I need to take to start my lawsuit.

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Mar 1, 2016

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: Does my mom have leg to stand on when it comes to a civil suit between her and another man over her dog?

About a year ago, my mom had to let someone foster her dog due to my father becoming fatally ill. When she had the means and time to take her back, he refused to let her. She has even offered to pay him vet bills (if he's taken her) as well as a paying for her all over again. She has receipts... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Feb 8, 2016

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... Read more »

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