Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers by State

Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: Can someone sue if they kept reaching over the fence and dog cut her I kept asking her not to do that and she kept doing

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Jun 19, 2015

Answered on Jun 20, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Can she sue? Sure. But can she win? I need to know what she is saying to determine that. Go see a local attorney if she sues.

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Q: can my ex partner and her new partner refuse to give me my dog? My dog is 13yrs. old and I bought her when she was 8wks

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on Jun 13, 2015

Answered on Jun 13, 2015

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Matthew Williams' answer
If the dog is truly yours, then no. If they however have provided significant maintenance and care over a period of time they may have a decent argument the dog is theirs.

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Q: My family and i left for a vacation to california we left our dog with my neighbor (she offered) by the 2nd day i get a

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on Jun 11, 2015

Answered on Jun 12, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
Sorry for your loss.

It's possible her homeowner's (or renter's) liability insurance would cover it. Ask her to make a claim on her policy if she has insurance.

Also, depending on the value of your dog, you can sue in small claims court.

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Q: My 5 month old dog went missing. Two young boys removed her tags, but left her collor on and sold her. I have her again

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on Jun 2, 2015

Answered on Jun 3, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
The parents of the boys are likely responsible for the damages their boys caused to you. There is a chance their homeowner's (or renter's) liability insurance policy might cover it. You can also file a police report.

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Q: Is it a Florida law that animal control has the right to microchip my dog while in quarentine

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on May 30, 2015

Answered on Jun 3, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Probably not. There might be a local ordinance that addresses this.

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Q: Ia asked to hold a snake

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on May 30, 2015

Answered on May 30, 2015

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Keith Petrochko's answer
Unless she abandoned the pet or otherwise transferred ownership to you it is still her snake; you will have to return it. However, you should be compensated for reasonable expenses spent for its care.

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Q: My tenant has a dog that is aggressive. What can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on Apr 27, 2015

Answered on May 29, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
Your tenant is probably primarily liable. However, anyone can be sued. So make sure you have a good insurance liability policy that covers you.

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Q: My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: Arizona

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on May 13, 2015

Answered on May 29, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
Generally speaking, in Arizona, dog owners are liable when their dog bites and causes damage, unless it can be proved the dog was provoked. Be well.

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Q: In Florida what does the statutes say regarding Service Animals (dog)(diabetes) in the school system? Middle School.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Jan 11, 2014

Answered on May 23, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
I do not know, and would not know unless I did research. You need specifically tailored legal advice, not just general information. You can look up Florida Statutes online, but you also will have to know the Americans With Disability Act, which is Federal law.

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Q: Supermarket customers with so called service animals... What are MY rights?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on May 22, 2015

Answered on May 23, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Have the company lawyer give you some guidelines on what you can and cannot do when you suspect that a customer is being fraudulent.

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Q: If a dog attacks a family member on my property do I have the right to shoot the dog

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on May 6, 2015

Answered on May 22, 2015

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Neville Bedford's answer
If you haven't already shot the dog, please don't. It will be considered cruelty because you asked the question here first. If there is a dangerous dog that is threatening your family, report it to the authorities and keep yourself and your family safe.

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Q: My neighbour watched my dog while the owner was out of town 4months,what can I do to get him back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on May 20, 2015

Answered on May 21, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You might have to sue. Go see a local attorney with all the facts and circumstances. Perhaps a replevin, conversion, and civil theft demand letter will do the trick.

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Q: My next door neighbors dogs jumped on my car and put scratches on my car are the owners liable?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on May 13, 2015

Answered on May 13, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Make an insurance claim. The insurance company will sort it all out.

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Q: My friends dog barks a lot they fined him for it and now they took his dog is that legal and if so what should they do

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on May 6, 2015

Answered on May 12, 2015

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Neville Bedford's answer
Your friend should meet with, and retain, an attorney to help them get their dog back.

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Q: My exgirlfriend new boyfriend took my dog to the vet when my girlfriend was injured as she only ask to give him a bath

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on May 7, 2015

Answered on May 8, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You can try to call the police, but they may not be willing to do anything in these circumstances.

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Q: I got a ticket because my dogs were in MY yard doing no harm. Why and how does that even make sense?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on Apr 21, 2015

Answered on May 2, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Were your dogs barking and disturbing the peace? If your dogs really were not doing anything wrong, you have them legally registered and all shots, especially rabies, are up to date, and you have kept the premises clean and the dogs are not neglected in any way, then fight the ticket.

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