Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: My dog was surrendered, although I am the legal owner.The rescue refused to return him.What can I do to get him back

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Mar 25, 2017

As I understand what you have written, someone other than you delivered the dog to the animal control facility and, claiming to be the owner, told them that they no longer wanted it. It also appears that they gave the dog to someone else. I am near Niceville, so for a fee I could look into it for you. However, if the dog has been given to someone else I would not get my hopes up if I were you.
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Q: My landlord is claiming that my whole apartment was soaked in dog urine, even in rooms my dog wasn't allowed. What to do

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Answered on Mar 24, 2017

If negotiations have broken down, the options are court (small claims or housing court) or a mediator.
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Q: I have three little dogs, both females are pregnant and due really soon. This was not planned being evicted over lies

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Mergers & Acquisitions for Indiana on
Answered on Mar 24, 2017

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Q: Was asked to babysit someone's dog for a month. It has been over a year and he wants to come get him. Can he do that?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Massachusetts on
Answered on Mar 22, 2017

It sounds like he abandoned the dog, and the dog might belong to you now. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and...
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Q: How Can you have a dog in a place where ther dont allow dogs

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Answered on Mar 22, 2017

People break the law all the time. If the owner of the property doesn't order the owner of the dog to take the dog out, that property owner may be sued, depending on facts. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the...
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Q: What can I do if someone disciplines my dog without my consent?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Answered on Mar 22, 2017

You can sue for trespass to chattels. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not...
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Q: My neighbors cats are constantly coming into my yard. They lay near my bird feeders and kill the birds I spend a lot of

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Answered on Mar 22, 2017

You can sue for trespass and seek an injunction. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does...
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Q: I was walking home and saw a dog that had red things coming out close to the eye, should I call SPCA or someone else's

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Answered on Mar 22, 2017

You can call animal welfare. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal...
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Q: my dog was took to the pound i stayed in contact with them and they still adopted my dog out.is that legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Mar 22, 2017

Were there concerns about the welfare of the animals in your possession? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education...
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Q: Girl found a stray dog, gave her to us. Shelter took dog from us then girl claimed ownership of dog and wont return dog

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Mar 22, 2017

Why did the shelter take the dog from you? You may be able to sue the girl for fraud, breach of contract, and conversion. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts,...
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Q: Why isn't there a law in California about having a dog on one's lap while driving.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Mar 22, 2017

It may be cited as distracted driving. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not...
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Q: A friend of mine was watching my puppy and let her out to P and she got out the gate and was hit by a car and killed my

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Mar 22, 2017

Your story is not internally consistent. Was it a puppy or a dog that you had owned for five years?

Be that as it may, how much was the dog worth (resale value)? Chances are that the expense of a small claims case are not worth the time and money, in my opinion.

Also, it could be argued that your recovery should be reduced in proportion to your negligence in failing to properly train the dog not to go onto the street.

Finally, is suing your friend for this worth a...
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Q: Tenants randomly sent service dog certificate & going to get a dog No pet lease. 4mo here w/o it? Not disabled they work

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 21, 2017

In the 9 days remaining in the month, you might contact the animal control officer while you are awaiting their departure. see https://www.animallaw.info/article/faqs-emotional-support-animals
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Q: I let a lady care for my service dog temporarily and now she won't give him back

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for California on
Answered on Mar 20, 2017

You can take her to small claims court. The dog is your property which was put in her custody for a short time only, and she's refused to return him/her. That is called conversion, and you have the right to take her to small claims court to get a court order to return your service animal to you.

You might need a friend to help you go to court to get the papers required and to help you fill them out. Or you might contact a legal aid center which assists disabled people with their legal...
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Q: My roommate broke into my secured bed room, took my dog, lost him, then defaced my security camera.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Mar 20, 2017

You likely have grounds for an emergency injunction (to force him to leave). This type of injunction will likely require a lawyer (I know... costs). In the alternative, you can contact the police to see if they will proceed with a domestic violence charge (this will grant and automatic protective order and force the roommate to leave). Can also seek civil damages for the lost dog and damaged camera--this can be handled in small claims court.

For attorneys, here is a list of two...
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Q: My ex husband took my dog while in the hospital and won't give her back. All of her papers and chip are in my name.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Answered on Mar 19, 2017

You can sue for conversion of property in court, and you can call the police. If the dog was awarded to you by the family law court in your divorce, you can file a motion for contempt against him for violating that order. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice...
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Q: My neighbor kicked my dog, what action should i need to do to? Should i file case against him?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law on
Answered on Mar 19, 2017

In NY, dogs are chattel (property) and you might be able to recover the cost of veterinarian services for damages. Assuming no demonstrable injury, depending on the circumstances, you can report the neighbor to the local humane authority. It really depends on the circumstances if you want to escalate the matter. Under the Agriculture and Markets Law, animal cruelty might apply but that is up to the investigation by the humane officer.
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Q: My wife and I purchase the dog together. But her name is on the paperwork. I have been the one she is with. Whos dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Indiana on
Answered on Mar 19, 2017

I'm so sorry for this situation you find yourself in. Most likely if the original purchase of the dog is in your wife's name, then the dog is hers. However, there may be some hope for you in this situation.

Ignore her claims that you stole the dog. If she calls the police and attempts to have them force you to return the dog chances are high that if you tell them that you are going through a divorce they will tell her that this is a civil matter and it has to be resolved through the...
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Q: We were asked to watch our neighbor's dog when they were on vacation. It's been about 4 years now and they just asked

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Answered on Mar 18, 2017

Was it a 4 year vacation that they were on? They may have legally abandoned the dog, otherwise. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child...
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Q: If Some One Gave My Dog Away Without My Permission And I Have The Dogs Paperwork Under My Name Can I Sue ?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Answered on Mar 18, 2017

You can sue for conversion and request an injunction for replevin. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law....
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