Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: What can I do if the people I re-homed my dog to are refusing to pay for him? I signed a re-home contract for vet reason

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 18, 2017

Without knowing the terms of the contract, it is difficult to assess how strong your action is. However, as a general rule, if the purchasers have failed to fulfill their part of the contract, you certainly have a cause of action against them. I would recommend having an animal law attorney review your contract to get the best opinion on the strength of your case.
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Q: Dog was sold to us and represented as a purebred mini aussie. Had dna done via a blood draw proved our dog is a mix

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 18, 2017

You can sue the pet store for breach of contact, misrepresentation, and possibly fraudulent inducement, among other torts. It would be best if you met with an animal law attorney to go over all your options.
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Q: My mother purchased a dog but does not pay for any of his food or flea medications, she still claims it is her dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Oct 17, 2017

No, the chip doesn't make it your dog. Buy the dog from her.
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Q: What do you have to do when finding a dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Oct 16, 2017

I'm not certain that you "have" to do anything. However, if you know who the owner is, and keep his property (dog), that is a form of theft and you could be charged criminally. If the dog has a tag, call the number. If not, call a vet or shelter to see if they have a universal microchip scanner. If the owner is identified that way, call him. If there is no way to tell who the owner is, surrender the dog to a shelter, or keep him, if that is your preference.
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Q: I sold a puppy with a contract that required puppy to be spayed, how can I request a proof from them?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Florida on
Answered on Oct 16, 2017

everything depends upon the wording of the contract you have with the people. Typically when you sell something your right to be legally concerned about it is gone. However, your contract could have or may have covered this very situation. However, you need to be sitting in a lawyers office in your area and not online as there is nothing we can do to help you in this situation. Go see a lawyer to have the contract reviewed.
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Q: I have Asperger's syndrome. I recently got an in training service dog I live with my mother who says I cannot keep her

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Kentucky on
Answered on Oct 15, 2017

Your mother knows well how to manage her home. If she agrees to, keeping in view your disability and need of a service dog, make a separate enclosure for your dog or have to opt either dog or mother. Without thrusting your options, better discuss with her.
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Q: I was talked into giving a dog to a rescue and did so but never signed a surrender agreement

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Oct 15, 2017

It seems to me that you gave your dog away. The Rescue is probably the new owner and can do with him as they please.
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Q: I live in a Mobil home park in portsmouth there is a weight limit also 25 pounds. My neighbor has a full german shepard

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Oct 15, 2017

Dog being out of control has become a nuisance for neighbors. As you explained, my advice is to send a legal notice to management of this park reminding them of their duties who agreed to take care of residents from such nuisance, tranquility of residents and to provide a better place to live in.
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Q: What happens if I got a violation but can't afford the vet what problems can I get into

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Oct 13, 2017

You can be charged with a misdemeanor for animal cruelty for failing to take proper care of your dog. The dog can be seized and put in the pound, where it could be cared for (at your expense), given up for adoption, or destroyed..
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Q: can a judge tell you to give up a dog to an adoption center

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 13, 2017

If the charge against you is something they can take away or kill your dog over then yes.
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Q: If I want to get my bitch pregnant with my neighbor's stud, but the stud's owner does not want that, can he sue me?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 13, 2017

Does your neighbor not own the stud? It would appear that if the neighbor is keeping someone else's stud, and breeds that dog in violation of an agreement your neighbor has with the owner, the owner could sue your neighbor and could possibly also sue you for conversion, i.e. taking something that belongs to him without his permission (his dog's semen). I would tread carefully.
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Q: Someone took and sold my puppy without permission after being turned away by police what do I do to get puppy back

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 13, 2017

This is a civil matter. You need to consult with an animal attorney with experience in suing to get your dog back. I have handled dozens of such cases.
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Q: I found a small dog on a busy street, it has a chip, owners haven't claimed her, can I keep her?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 13, 2017

Private people cannot extinguish ownership, only animal shelters and pounds have the statutory safe haven to do so. They must keep the animal for five business days before ownership is extinguished by statute. So you need to report the dog as found to your local animal shelter (or where she was found) and state you are going to hold her at your home for the 5 day period. They have to list the animal in their system with enough specificity that the owner could identify it if they were to call...
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Q: Iowa, our female ran off 3 months ago, a neighbor 3 miles away has her, doesn't want to give her back, my rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 13, 2017

According to the law, the dog is property. The owner can sue in District Court for the dog to be returned, via a procedure commonly referred to as a replevin. Or in small claims court for the value of the dog. Or consider reporting it to the police and asking law enforcement to assist in obtaining the dog's return to the rightful owner.
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Q: If my ex is trying to get custody from my ferret and dog can she? Even though I have both and both are under my name?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 13, 2017

If she has a claim to ownership, then she can sue for ownership and possession. But it sounds like you have a good defense to your own ownership and possession.
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Q: I found a dog with no microchip. Checked with local vets and humane society and none reported missing. Can I keep it?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 12, 2017

At the very least you need to give all the info to the local shelter and have them list you as an in home hold. The only statutory way for ownership of a lost pet to be severed is for it to be processed by the local pound and listed as found for five days that the shelter is open.
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Q: A neighbor gave me 2 cockatiels 2 years ago. She didn't want them so I took them. Now she wants them back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Oct 11, 2017

If she gave them to you, the birds are yours.
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Q: My dog went missing we now know who has it but they won't give the dog back. What should I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 11, 2017

You need a consult with an attorney who handles these cases like me. You will probably have to sue them but whether you will be successful depends on a lot of different factors
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Q: If I leave my cat a grooming salon I work at for a few days, and they give her away without my, how can I get her back?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 11, 2017

You will have to sue the whoever gave your cat away and the person they gave it to but there are a lot of details that will affect whether you will be successful. I'd suggest you schedule a consultation.
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Q: hi..a dog ran out of a house today when we were carrying in equipment to do their hardwood floors, - it was hit by a car

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Construction Law and Consumer Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 11, 2017

I would suggest offering to credit their bill in exchange for a full and final release of liability for the damages ie death of their dog. I can draft such a document.
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