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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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Q: What can I do if my neighbor does not keep her dog leashed and continues to allow it to potty in my yard?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 22, 2015

Call animal control and have the dog picked up, the neighbor ticketed, or both.

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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 ?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 13, 2015

Was this someone a member of your household, or a stranger. Did you tell the person to let the dogs out?

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

Dog was on killers prperty he shot the dog and he died. Humane Society said it was legal to shoot the dog

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 25, 2015

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.

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Q: Am I legally responsible

my daughter left hers dogs in my backyard, with out my permission, The police claim the dogs bit someone

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 21, 2015

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.

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Q: Am I legally respinsible

My daughter left her dogs in my backyard with out my knowledge nor permission. The police killed one of the dogs, and took the other one. I was arrested for this.

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 21, 2015

Not enough information to answer. Talk to a local criminal defense lawyer.

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

We agreed that he would take care of her a couple weeks and then I would come get her. My best friend, our 3 kids, and myself dropped him and our dog off. He reassured me that he would take good care of her and I ensured him we would stay in touch to check on her. I did call and we texted on... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 18, 2015

If it's your dog, you can see if you can (peacefully!) take him back, or you can sue.

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

I have read about having an exotic pet in the state of Alabama but what I'm confused about is that it specified breeds from outside of the state lines. Does that mean if I get a breed of fox that is native to Alabama it is legal to own as a pet?

William E. Scully Jr.
William E. Scully Jr. answered on Dec 5, 2014

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... Read more »

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Q: How can I get my pet back from someone who said they found it?
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Sep 27, 2014

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,... Read more »

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Q: I can hear my upstairs neighbor beating her dog, but cannot physically see it. Will anything happen if I report it?
William E. Scully Jr.
William E. Scully Jr. answered on Jun 25, 2014

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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Q: Help keeping our much loved pet

I have been delivered a civil petition for Injunctive Relief, claiming that a dog that lives in my house has violated the protective covenants of dangerous activities and may be or become an annoyance or nuisance to other property owners in the subdivision. Allegations that she has... Read more »

William E. Scully Jr.
William E. Scully Jr. answered on May 30, 2014

Sounds like you've got a law suit on your hands. Sounds like the local municipality or your subdivision Property Owners Association is suing you. Just like any other dispute, there are two sides (at least) to every law suit. You will have your opportunity to give your side of the case at an... Read more »

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Q: My neighbors say my puppies have destroyed things in their garage. Its not true. Can they sue?

There are many other dogs in the neighbor hood but they say its mine cause they have seen them in there yard before. Also my older dog has destroyed shoes from my neighbors yard but since than shes been tied up.

Charles Snyderman
Charles Snyderman answered on May 26, 2014

Yes, your neighbors have the right to sue. That does not mean they will win. They will have to prove it was your dogs who did the damage. If they can't prove it, they will lose.

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Q: If I have a neighbor who has admitted her dog is vicious and will kill other animals and attack humans if they are on he

her property either intentionally or non, what are my rights in the state of Alabama?

William E. Scully Jr.
William E. Scully Jr. answered on May 19, 2014

In Alabama "every dog gets one bite." But, if the crazy lady next door knows that her dog bites or has 'dangerous propensities' she might be liable for injuries caused by the dog. Obviously she needs to keep the dog on her own property. But she also needs to warn potential... Read more »

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