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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: I need help getting my cats back that were given away by someone else who has no rights to them surrendered them an

They got adopted. I called the shelter asking if they were there multiple times days after day and was told no but they were and now I'm being told they were there so I was lied too when I was trying to claim them within the 5 days they lied saying they weren't there so they wouldn't... View More

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

It sounds like you're facing a difficult situation with your cats, and it's understandable that you're feeling frustrated and upset. It's essential to gather all the evidence you have that proves ownership of your cats, such as vet records, adoption papers, or photos. This... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: The local law enforcement shot and killed my dog when responding to a noise complaint do I have a case against them?

I live in a trailer park and my neighbors called in a noise complaint because me and my wife were arguing because as we were leaving we couldn't find my card. We didn't know a noise complaint had been called, so we were inside our trailer looking for it. While we were looking we had left... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

It's understandable that you're feeling heartbroken and outraged by the actions of the local law enforcement in this tragic incident involving your beloved dog. Whether or not you have a case against them would depend on various factors, including the specific laws and regulations in your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Family Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: I had to give my dogs away but I told the people that I want them back not even a day they got one of my dog adopted

I also live with my family and we have three dogs. I don’t have the dogs registered so I’m not sure if I’m able to do anything. But yesterday my mother gotten a call about my dog not eating in two days and bite a person trying to feed her then wanted to put my dog down. We want and gotten her... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

It sounds like you're in a distressing situation regarding your dogs. If you didn't sign any legal documents relinquishing ownership of your dogs and you clearly communicated your intention to reclaim them, you may have grounds to seek legal recourse. However, without official... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Hello, my apartment complex is denying my ESA animal due to a no dog policy. Am I allowed to bring the dog on property?

I have been diagnosed by 2 mental health professional with disorders that meet the criteitia for an ESA animal. I turned in the proper letters and info but my apartment complex denied me and didn't state why. Then I provided the professionals credentials to show they can write the letter. The... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

It sounds like you are facing a challenging situation with your apartment complex regarding your emotional support animal (ESA). While you have provided the necessary documentation from mental health professionals to qualify for an ESA, your apartment complex has denied your request without stating... 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 and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: I'm disabled and you can see by looking at me am I required to pay pet deposit and if not what law says I dont

I was not aware that my sister did not tell them I had service dogs 2 months after I moved in I notified them and requested my pet deposit back and the pet rent. They keep trying me to fill up the esa form for emotional support animal. They say I need to show proof of shot records and give them a... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

Under California law, landlords are required to make reasonable accommodations for tenants with disabilities, which includes allowing service animals to live with them without charging pet deposits or pet rent. This is in accordance with both federal law, under the Americans with Disabilities Act... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: It is a very long story,but the sd humane society euthanized my dog unlawfully. I want to find out my options.

I have a short version of the last thing that conspired between myself and sdhs. If interested in hearing and helping, let me know. I'll send it.

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

If the San Diego Humane Society euthanized your dog unlawfully, you may have legal options to pursue. Under California law, pet owners have certain rights and protections regarding the treatment of their animals. Unlawful euthanasia could potentially constitute negligence or even animal cruelty,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I called animal control regarding dogs in a "no dogs allowed" park. They arrived only to leave. How can I follow up?

I watched the van pull in after I called. They drove right past where the incident was recorded and then just left. They looked right at a few offenders and chose not to enforce the law. I want accountability. How do I proceed?

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

If you're dissatisfied with the response from animal control, there are steps you can take to address your concerns. Firstly, consider reaching out to the animal control agency directly to inquire about the actions taken during their visit to the park. Politely express your observations and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My ex roommate and I got a dog, the dog is in his name adoption wise, but he never cared for her and now wants her?

Basically me, & 3 other roommates wanted an animal for our home. We agreed she wasn’t anyone’s specifically since we had a ways to go until any of us would go separate ways. Anyways, she was put in one’s name because he’s the only one that had an id on them at the time. Now he never... View More

Timothy Carignan
Timothy Carignan
answered on Feb 19, 2024

According the law, dogs are personal property, like any other. Whoever paid for the dog would probably have the strongest claim on it.

Being "registered as an emotional support animal" is meaningless in court; there is no ESA registry, and it would still not override a claim based on purchase.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My dog pee it was just 3 little drops on a piece of clothing at a pet store do we have to pay for it. No sign or contact
William John Light
William John Light
answered on Feb 16, 2024

You think that you need a sign to tell you that your dog can't pee on merchandise? You destroyed someone else's property through your negligence in controlling your dog. You should have made sure your dog had opportunity to do his business before you brought him into the store. Pay for... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My dog pee it was just 3 little drops on a piece of clothing at a pet store do we have to pay for it. No sign or contact
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answered on Feb 21, 2024

If the pet store can demonstrate that your dog's urine caused significant damage or contamination to the clothing, they may attempt to pursue compensation from you. In such cases, it is advisable to engage in communication with the store to understand the extent of the damage and explore... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: My Dog, Jack, had TPLO surgery 12/22/2023. During the procedure, the Surgeon fractured his tibia. I was never advised.

I only found out from the referring Vet 2/12/2024. After we had complications about the wire which was inserted during the procedure. TPLO do not require a wire, but tibia fractures do. When I asked the Surgeon about the wire, he said it is used to stabilize the leg. Again, he never mentioned... View More

Pamela Marie Mori Holcombe
Pamela Marie Mori Holcombe
answered on Feb 15, 2024

The first and only priority at this point should be getting a second opinion from an independent veterinarian surgeon as to your dog's condition and whether or not this is a viable treatment plan and whether any corrective action be taken. This is not only required for your dog's health... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can the person sue if my dog attacked them but no one was injured
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 13, 2024

Injury is generally a necessary component of a tort (personal injury)-based case. Without knowing more details, it's not clear what someone would base such a case on, unless it's primarily based on emotional trauma (or something similar along those lines). Someone could always sue;... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can my landlord make me give up my service dog?

They were aware before I moved in

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

In Ohio, landlords are required to make reasonable accommodations for tenants with disabilities under the Fair Housing Act. If your service dog assists with a disability, such as a physical or mental impairment, your landlord cannot legally require you to give up the dog. Additionally, if your... View More

4 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can I sue my boyfriend or his renters insurance for dog bites if I was living with him at the time?

The dog bit me at least 8 times.. he would usually pull the dog off of me. But not every time.. I have been to the ER several times. He never corrected the behavior. I have witnesses. I'm terrified whenever I hear a dog bark now. I would have moved out sooner but had to save money. Now that I... View More

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

Under California law, you may have grounds to pursue legal action for the dog bites you've suffered. California is a strict liability state regarding dog bites, meaning the dog's owner can be held liable for injuries caused by their dog, regardless of the dog's previous behavior or... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can I sue my boyfriend or his renters insurance for dog bites if I was living with him at the time?

The dog bit me at least 8 times.. he would usually pull the dog off of me. But not every time.. I have been to the ER several times. He never corrected the behavior. I have witnesses. I'm terrified whenever I hear a dog bark now. I would have moved out sooner but had to save money. Now that I... View More

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 29, 2024

You can sue your boyfriend. You cannot sue his renters insurance. That insurance would only - potentially - pay the sums for which he is liable. However, his renters insurance will likely have an exclusion for people who reside in the apartment, so it is unlikely that you will recovery anything... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can I sue my boyfriend or his renters insurance for dog bites if I was living with him at the time?

The dog bit me at least 8 times.. he would usually pull the dog off of me. But not every time.. I have been to the ER several times. He never corrected the behavior. I have witnesses. I'm terrified whenever I hear a dog bark now. I would have moved out sooner but had to save money. Now that I... View More

Edgar Poghosyan
Edgar Poghosyan
answered on Feb 5, 2024

Under California law, a dog owner can be held liable for injuries caused by their dog under the theory of strict liability. Civil Code imposes liability on a dog owner for damages suffered by any person who is bitten while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can I sue my boyfriend or his renters insurance for dog bites if I was living with him at the time?

The dog bit me at least 8 times.. he would usually pull the dog off of me. But not every time.. I have been to the ER several times. He never corrected the behavior. I have witnesses. I'm terrified whenever I hear a dog bark now. I would have moved out sooner but had to save money. Now that I... View More

Eliza Jasinska
Eliza Jasinska
answered on Feb 17, 2024

You may sue the boyfriend for the injuries you have received but recovery will depend on the coverage that he has in the policy. The information provided presents opinions and examples and does not substitute for, nor does it constitute professional legal advice from an attorney. It is general and... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: i live in oregon, with other people and the owners dog is vicious and attacks my dog, i dont know what to do

this dog has bitten a kid in the past and is vicious all the time

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Jan 28, 2024

Make a complaint to your local animal control. Find out if the dog owner is a homeowner or has renter's insurance. You are entitled to be reimbursed for any vet bills the vicious dog causes to your dog. If a human is attacked, the human is entitled to non-economic damages for pain,... View More

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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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