Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers by State

Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: My Freind was pet by doge how he can sue the owner of the doge

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Answered on Apr 28, 2016

I assume that this is a dog bite inquiry. The pursuit of a dog bite case will depend on a number of factors including but limited to the availability of liability insurance, the facts and circumstances of the dog bite incident, the extent of the injuries, and other factors. Before a lawsuit is filed, more information should be obtained.
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Q: Can I stop my ex who I still live with right now from bringing a dog into this house?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Divorce for New Jersey on
Answered on Apr 25, 2016

Since you are both equal owners of the house, there is probably no way to prevent it. Good luck.
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Q: I hired a sitter on Rover to take care of my 2 dogs while i was away. She lost one. Another one was bitten by her dogs.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Florida on
Answered on Apr 24, 2016

The statute of limitations for most negligence cases in the State of Florida is 4 years. There are some exceptions to this general law. Typically, damages for the loss or injury to a dog are limited to the replacement value of the dog and not the emotional value of the dog unless there was reckless conduct involved. Sorry about the loss of one pet and the injury to the other. Good luck.
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Q: While in my yard, my dog jumped against the brick wall, his head got over, and bit someone. What's my liability?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Mexico on
Answered on Apr 24, 2016

It appears that New Mexico does not have a dog bite statute in place for strict liability. The dog bite victim will need to show a prior dog bite OR negligence on the part of the dog owner. The victim could argue that you knew or should have known of the dog's aggressiveness and dangerous propensities. Ultimately, it appears that the case will depend on the the facts and the assessment by the Judge or Jury as to negligence (if any) on your part. Many attorneys ultimately shy away from cases...
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Q: I let a woman take my dog to breed her dog. She will not give me my dog back. The Sheriff office won't do anything.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Apr 22, 2016

The other person essentially is holding on to your personal property. You can file an action to recover your personal property. Hopefully, you have some kind of documentation to show dog ownership. It appears that the sheriff's office does not want to get involved. As such, this appears to be a civil matter. You most likely will have to pay an attorney for representation or you can take the other person to small claims court and see if the Judge will order the dog back in your possession....
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Q: I was walking my dog where I live in a trailer court,Neighbors dog jumped fence and tried to attack mine.What can i do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on
Answered on Apr 21, 2016

You can contact animal control or the non-emergency police line to report this and let them investigate. You will have to give a statement and provide evidence, if any. Animal control will decide whether or not to write a ticket and the prosecutor will decide whether or not to press charges or dismiss the ticket. The next time something like this happens, call animal control immediately. It does not matter what type of dog it is; any dog that jumps a fence and approaches others aggressively is...
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Q: I am currently staying with my ex husband. He said if I am not out in a few days that he will shoot my dog. Is that lega

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Family Law for Missouri on
Answered on Apr 21, 2016

I do not believe this a question about legality as much as it is about your safety and your dog's safety. To get you to move out, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. If an individual is threatening to kill your dog, you need to seek a safer place to stay immediately. There is nothing preventing your dog from being shot, and animal control and police officers will only be useful after damage has been done. Please seek the advice of an attorney or contact legal aid if you...
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Q: My dog got out and bit a neighbor's dog. Neither dog was on a leash. Can i be sued? I offered to pay the vet bill.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Answered on Apr 20, 2016

Without knowing all of the facts, it is certainly possible. But the damages would most likely be limited to the vet bill you already offer to pay. Tragically, in my opinion, animals are treated like pure property in Maryland. This injustice actually helps you in this case.
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Q: Is there an Ohio law to protect a dog that is left alone in an apartment, likely crated, for up to 20 hours? It is loud!

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 18, 2016

Call animal control. They will send an officer out to investigate and have the authority to seize animals which are not being cared for.
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Q: About to break up with girlfriend, what documents do I need to keep the dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Apr 17, 2016

Animals are property, so the best thing is to have title (license) the dog. Titling is not absolute, so having evidence of paying for the dog's food and vet bills are also helpful. If your ex want to dispute ownership, she can by filing suit in small claims court. Absent a signed agreement by your ex that cedes ownership, there is no magic documentation that automatically grants you ownership, so you should start compiling evidence of ownership and care. As for the police, they generally will...
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Q: Roughly 3 to 4 months ago, I agreed to look after a dog for a man while he tried to make arrangements due to the fact he

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 17, 2016

Call the police and ask that he be charged for harassment. I can't understand your question about how the dog liked her new home, etc. If they want the dog back, then give the dog back.
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Q: If a person finds a dog in GA how long do they have to hold it until it becomes there legal property to rehome it

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 17, 2016

See: https://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/
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Q: Asked to watch cats for 6 months, owner says she wants them but wont take them back.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 17, 2016

You can't. Make a decision. Take them to a shelter or have the cats fixed. They are your cats so take ownership responsibility. They aren't your sisters problem; you said 6 months and she gave you 6 months. That is generous in and of itself.
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Q: How long for a dog to be legally your ? In Georgia , walker county

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 17, 2016

No telling for sure when she is yours. Just keep feeding her and caring for her. Chances are nobody will show up to claim her if they haven't already. She was probably abandoned.
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Q: Wife took 1 of 2 cats to friend to watch while out of town. Friend will not return cat to me, while wife is still away.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 17, 2016

Talk to you wife and maybe she gave instructions not to return the cats to you. Once you and your wife are on the same page you can take the "friend" to court for return of your property.
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Q: Can someone demand their $ back from a sale of a horse 7 months later?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Apr 15, 2016

Review your purchase agreement to see who carries the risk of loss for the horse. The buyer can bring suit in small claims if they can prove that you knowingly withheld information (low heel can be a sign of ringbone). If the buyer cannot prove knowingly withholding on the part of the seller, the case moves into a grey area that is wholly driven by the fact and circumstances of your case.
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Q: I've had my friends dog for over two years, she's seen the dog maybe 5 times. Does she have ownership of the dog

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Apr 15, 2016

There is a significant divide between the legal requirements and what the majority of people do. Let me explain. From a technical legal perspective it is unclear if your friend has abandoned or ceded ownership to you. You have a strong claim based on you facts for either claim, but you will need to notify your friend of your intentions of keeping the dog and may need to pursue a court action to have the dog declared your property (pets are property - I know, I know... that sounds horrible, but...
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Q: If my dog got out of my yard and bit another dog, am I responsible for the owner's and the dogs "pain & suffering"?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Texas on
Answered on Apr 9, 2016

I understand that the State of Texas may require that the dog owner knew or should have known about the dangerous propensities of the dog. If your dog never bit a person or attacked a person in the past, you may have a defense to this action. You should contact your homeowner's insurance company if you have coverage OR a civil trial attorney for advise and representation on this matter. Good luck.
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Q: Can I get my dog returned after signing relinquishment under duress?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Apr 9, 2016

Duress as a legal term means the following: physical force, false imprisonment or improper threats compel a person to act in a manner contrary to their interest. You can try to invalidate the relinquishment, but there is no guarantee that you will get your dog back.
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Q: How can I defend myself from a dog bite lawsuit against me ??

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Answered on Apr 1, 2016

You can retain the services of a local civil litigation attorney or civil trial attorney. As you may have discovered, this may be quite expensive. If you have homeowner's insurance, the insurance company will provide you with an attorney unless there is an exclusion for dog bites and / or pit bull breed dogs. It is difficult to give you a blueprint in this forum as to how to defend yourself. Another option would be to hire an attorney to shadow the case and provide you with advice along the...
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