Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers by State

Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: my kids dads ex stole my kids dog

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Jul 21, 2016

Contact an attorney and ask for help. Be polite, seems like a pro bono cause in my opinion.
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Q: My sister stole my dog, its registered under my name, she won't just give her to me, how can I get her back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Answered on Jul 20, 2016

I would suggest filing a police report. The police will likely not do anything other than take the report, as they will consider this a civil matter, but it might be enough to get your sister to turn the dog over.
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Q: I obtained a dog on Craigslist that was given to me free and they have come to try and take him back? Can they?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jul 20, 2016

That would depend on a thorough review of the facts. If you are going to Court and wish to keep the dog, you may want to consider seeking out a local attorney to aid you.
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Q: Can parent who put child in harmful area be responsible if they get bit by someones dog

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Indiana on
Answered on Jul 20, 2016

Depends on circumstances. If it's a public area, dog would have to be on a leash. Owner lets dog not be in owners total control, usually on owner.
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Q: Can the city turn a dog at large ticket into a state ticket an can they come after me if there not my dogs there my sons

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Jul 19, 2016

Here's the thing - if you hire an attorney to fight the ticket, the fee would likely be minimal. If you were responsible for the dogs at the time, then it is your ticket. If you were not responsible for the dogs (i.e. your son was there), then it may very well be that the police gave the ticket to the wrong person. As to your other question, I am unsure if you are stating that the charges are now being pressed by the state or if you are just curious if this is a possibility.
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Q: Do I need to help the new owner of the puppy pay his medical bill? We sold him as he is with no contract agreement.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Minnesota on
Answered on Jul 19, 2016

Although I do not know the full facts of this scenario, the answer would be no in this type of situation generally.
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Q: Dog bite to little girl and being sued and wanting dog put down

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Indiana on
Answered on Jul 18, 2016

This isn't so much a legal question but I would advise if they give you a full release then it would not be inappropriate to put the dog down as the dog has had "one bite" and thereafter the law would expect you to take significant precautions. But they are certainly free to ask that--and you are free to respond.
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Q: As the owner of a dog that bit someone where can I find help? All I see are lawyers more than willing to help someone

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Answered on Jul 16, 2016

You have two issues. One is the claim for his biting someone.Hopefully you have homeowners insurance that covers that.

Generally, any attorney can help you with issues with the shelter--but they won't do it for free. Some attorneys deal with rights of animals. You might ask the local branch of the humane society or others if they know of such attorneys. Maybe the attorney will at least give you a free consultation.
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Q: How old do you have to be to own a dog in Washington state???

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 15, 2016

That's a really good question, and the answer depends on different factors. In general, to be able to enter into contracts in Washington, you must be 18 years old or older (an "adult"), and not under some other legal constraint. Things like pet licenses and veterinary care services contracts require one to be an adult (because you have to be able to sign contracts), so unless there is an adult who could take over that responsibility for you, you would have a hard time doing things that require...
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Q: My roomate dropped my cat at a shelter as found. Without my knowledge. Is this against the law. He didn't like cat.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 15, 2016

In Washington it is a gross misdemeanor (crime) to take or conceal pets: RCW 9.08.070 (http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.08.070). Animal cruelty is different and is also covered by state laws in RCW 16.52 (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=16.52)

It may also be a violation of your lease, check your lease agreement.
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Q: can You take someone to court for selling you a dangerous milk cow if they refuse to buy it back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Colorado on
Answered on Jul 14, 2016

It is a possibility. There are a lot of unknowns. I recommend that you contact a lawyer. A lawyer that specializes or has knowledge in agricultural law is preferred.
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Q: i have a dog and some women keeps hurassing me about my dog what can i do about it ?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 14, 2016

If the dog is a nuisance, the city may take it away. You haven't really provided much in the way of factual information so its difficult to assess the situation.
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Q: liable for the death of my birds But does Liability mean the price i sell them at or the replacement of a rare bird

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Jul 14, 2016

If you are in the business of selling these birds, and if your neighbor is indeed liable for the loss of the birds, the liability would be for the lost value of each bird. This amount would normally be the price at which you can prove you would have been able to sell the bird. If the cost to you to replace a bird is higher than the price at which you would sell that bird, something is wrong with your business model, obviously.
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Q: If a agree to let my dog breed another dog that does not belong to me, am i entitled to any of the puppies?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Jul 13, 2016

Was the agreement a binding contract (with you being paid)? If so, the contract should have been in writing and should have provided the amount of compensation (money, puppies, etc.). If not in writing, with you getting paid, but no discussion about whether you get a puppy, you probably don't get one.
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Q: A friend moved out of country gave me his dog to watch, she got pregnant and he wants the pups, my dog got her prego

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Jul 13, 2016

If the dog still belongs to your friend, the dog's pups will belong to your friend as well.
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Q: My mom stole my puppies while I was on vacation and she admitted it to me over text message what can I do

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Jul 12, 2016

I'm assuming you are over 18. Regardless, you should really try to work this out with your mother. She might have been genuinely concerned about the puppies. Who was responsible for taking care of them while you were on vacation? Is she harming the dogs? If the dogs are in danger you can contact animal control. I can't imagine this was anything malicious or why she would possibly take on the huge responsibility of caring for the dogs. If the puppies are doing fine, do you really want to...
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Q: Pitbull keeps jumping the fence into my backyard I've called the cops twice what can be done

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jul 11, 2016

The long expensive way:file a nuissance suit, get an injunction.

Short way-call the local dog warden/dog control officer.

You could also talk to the police supervisor. If you have a day care they should be concerned. What not to do--shoot the dog. You would then be charged, and then you have other issues/expenses.
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Q: My dog bit someone. Does the victim carry some liability for grabbing the dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Answered on Jul 11, 2016

Asking someone to pay their bills suggests the opposite ---that they think it's on your dog (and you).

I suggest you contact your homeowners insurance. If you don't carry any, then it depends on the amounts of the bills.

If the person has a deductible and copays work out a fair figure and then get a release of all claims.Given the potential liability--again assuming you have no homeowners--then it's worth it to pay if necessary for a lawyer's consultation and the lawyer drawing...
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Q: My dog was hit in my yard by a car I do have video what can I do

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Arkansas on
Answered on Jul 11, 2016

You can make a claim against the driver for vet bills (assuming the driver wasn't authorized to be on your yard).
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Q: My dogs ran up my yard barking at a woman. Can animal control do anything since they were only bark

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Jul 6, 2016

Yes, the animals do not need to physically injure a person or property (pets) for animal control to become involved.
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