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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: If seller sells me a sick puppy and contract says they guarantee this puppy to be healthy do they have to reimburse vet

Contract says nothing about vet bills does address sick puppy and say we may return and recieve have total price and a new puppy.

I have spent $2800 in vet bills on this puppy.

The contract also says “seller gaurentee a this puppy to be healthy at time of sale”

When I... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 29, 2020

You need to speak to an attorney. There might be consumer protection laws in your state that entitle you to compensation.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a shelter legally take ownership of a dog that has been brought to them?

My dog got out of my yard while I was at the store , he was taken to a shelter and when I called and scheduled to pick him up I was not made aware of a time limit that would give them ownership.. they then call me the day after he supposedly became their property to tell me he would be nuetered , I... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 29, 2020

In Colorado it’s 5 days, so it’s probably something similar in Ohio. I guess they should have told you, but they’re not really required to and most laws operate under the assumption that the owner will come immediately. Maybe they’ll let you re-adopt him

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Negligent breeder gave me wrong dog and wants it back.

Bought a puppy in Colorado. Drove a 1k miles (roundtrip) and they gave me the dog. Two days later they inform me it's the wrong one and want it back. I say no - family already bonded. They then reported the microchip on the dog stolen which is different from the one on the contract.... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 29, 2020

That definitely sounds like an awful mess! It sounds like you’re going to need an attorney to help you fight this because you have some good defenses if it’s in small claims court. You also have some good defenses based on what you described, no matter what court the breeder takes you.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Was given a pup by my daughter11 months ago. i found out that her boyfriend has taken it w/o permission from his parents

I didnt know until recently that he was taken. He was under nourished when i got him and i hate to see him in that environment again. They were illegally breeding them and so many mouths to feed. How can i keep him legally if they dont want to be paid but they want him back.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 28, 2020

Call Animal Control if they aren't caring for their dogs properly. You don't have any right to keep their property, but you might be able to surrender it to Animal Control and then legally adopt it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: Our neighbor's dog comes on our property daily, off leash, and poops in our yard.

We have asked them multiple times to keep the dog in their yard, but they have not done anything. They let him out in the yard with no supervision, and he uses our yard as his toilet. Do we have any recourse?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 28, 2020

Call animal control for Dog off leash or Failure to control.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Louisiana on
Q: Problem with neighbors nuisance dogs and local law enforcement won't help.

This has been going on for 2 years. They bark incessantly day and night. I can't enjoy being outside during the day and I can't sleep at night without earplugs, headphones and a fan, and usually that isn't enough. I've kept recording of the barking, of when I call the police... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 28, 2020

You can file suit with your justice of the peace and call animal control.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: We sold a our little puppy 5 days ago. Can we get him back?

We sold our puppy 5 days ago. We realized that it wasn’t the right decision after 3 hours of selling it to the family. I gave them a call, except they said they will not be giving him back to me. I have had him for 5 weeks and have all of his vet records and everything. What can I do to get him... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 27, 2020

You sold the puppy. Unless you have a contract that allows give backs, its over.

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Can I sue the vet for malpractice?

The first vet said my cat had an infection. I had to take him back about 5 times. He just gave him more antibiotics. It getting worse. Several spots were on him. The vet told me he couldn't do any more for my baby. Another vet referred me to a reputable vet. I took him. She said I should have... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 27, 2020

Yes, check out Joey’s Legacy on Facebook for resources in Florida.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Purchased puppy who got very sick. FL breeder does not want to help with the bills.

I purchased a puppy who became very sick. I am heartbroken and almost lost him. The breeder is in Florida and does not want to help pay for the vet bills or reimburse me for the price of the puppy. In the state of Florida can I sue them in small claims court for the price of the puppy and all of... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 27, 2020

Yes you can sue. You might want to check Florida’s consumer protection and breeder laws to see if there is anything specific that helps you in the lawsuit. Try reaching out to a Florida consumer protection or civil attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: If someone agreed to watch my dogs and then gave my dogs away could I sue them?

We paid a friend to watch our dogs while we left to go to Maryland for the holidays ,but after we left he told us he got his dog from some lady who left it outside in the cold,and now he's not responding to our text or calls

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 27, 2020

Yes you can sue. You might also be able to report these people to animal control for animal cruelty.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: Can I shoot a dog for killingy cat on my property

Dog has killed other neiborhs animals but no proof

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 27, 2020

No. Call animal control to report the attack.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: can your dog be seized for simply barking or lunging at someone if nobody got hurt?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 27, 2020

Probably not. You will need to check your state statutes for whether or not lunging is a criminal offense. It is here in Colorado.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: A bf and gf live together. Gf adopted cat and gave to bf as a surprise Xmas present. Now break up. Who keeps the cat?

Bf cleans litterbox most often, buys the food often, and feeds the cat most often. In Maryland. Gf moving to out of country.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 27, 2020

If there is proof of the gift (card, text message, Facebook post), then the answer is boyfriend. If there is no proof of the gift, then the answer is girlfriend.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on
Q: If someone tries to take their dog back after they said they needed to give him away, legally can they take them back?

My friend was giving his dog away, he is going through a lot of emotional stuff. His home when I took the dog was disgusting. I took this dog to get his shots, checkup and have bathed this dog myself as well as going to PetSmart. He has acclimated to my home and is in training. Now this friend... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 26, 2020

If he gave you the dog then it’s yours. Hopefully you have text messages or something of this gift, otherwise it might be possible he could take the dog back. But he’d have to sue you in court and win and it sounds like he doesn’t really have the bandwidth to do that.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: My dog was supposed to be in quarantine for 10 days and I think that the animal shelter put him down without my consent
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 26, 2020

That is terrible! You can file a civil lawsuit. I would recommended talking to a local civil attorney about this. You can also try going to the media to raise awareness

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law on
Q: My question is that can we put a case on someone who is not putting his dog inside his house?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 26, 2020

It depends on the animal cruelty laws of where you live (no location was posted - but they are easy enough for you to google), and whether or not this person is giving food and water.

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Alabama on
Q: I think a vet clinic is responsible for the death of my cat, any advice?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 25, 2020

You’ll have to either sue or file a complaint with your local licensing board.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: I need my fur baby back, please

I was literally forced to give away my Bella, I am disabled and I have had my little girl for 8 years, she became my emotional support dog, I lost a child in 2003 Bella helped me with that loss, she got sick and I took her to an animal hospital, the vet told me she needed an operation that was... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Nov 25, 2020

Makes no sense, and sounds like you've been defrauded. Are you saying that giving her to the shelter gets the dog FREE surgery, then the dog belongs to someone else?? - but for you, it would cost $5K?? Also, euthanizing, at most clinics, costs WAY LESS than $500. First, run back to the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for California on
Q: Can I find a lawyer who will take a P.I./Claim & Delivery case for a stolen cat, in California? Claim is already filed.

I need a lawyer who will take my case on contingency. My neighbor abducted my cat who played on his property. He then abandoned it in a middle of nowhere town and later erected a "No Trespassing" sign on his property. When cat went missing he refused to allow me access to a warehouse on... Read more »

Gregory Scott Greenberg
Gregory Scott Greenberg answered on Nov 25, 2020

You should contact your local county or state bar and ask for an attorney referral.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: I paid $100 for a cat, now the old owner wants it back. She has even called the cops to my place, what should I do?

Found an add on Craigslist for a cat, the person contacted me and we met up she gave us the cat than we gave her $100 for the cat. She was also abusing the cat and force feeding it with a turkey baster, I doubt it has every been to the vet with all the isssues she has and we have put over $200+... Read more »

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Nov 25, 2020

If you have a receipt, show that receipt to the police and tell them that the cat is yours. If you do not have a receipt, hopefully there was an independent witness with you when you purchased the cat. If so, have that witness speak to the police and tell them that you purchased the cat. If not,... Read more »

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