Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers by State

Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: can my roommate sue me for leaving the trash open without informing her, and her dog ate the food inside the trash?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Jul 31, 2015

Answered on Jul 31, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
Best to try and work it out with your roommate. If she sues, it sounds like she violated a house rule and, moreover, she is responsible for her dog but apparently refuses to accept this. It is not clear whether you did anything wrong. Plus, there is no indication her dog suffered any damages. Sounds like you should find a roommate that behaves like an adult. All that being said, I don't practice in FL, so talk to a FL lawyer to verify.

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Q: How do I legally keep my dogs from my ex?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on Jul 28, 2015

Answered on Jul 30, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
I don't practice in TX but, generally speaking, in most states animals are normally considered property, and they belong to their owner. If the dogs are yours, you own them and don't have to give them to him or provide visitation. If he thinks he has a claim to them, he might sue you but then you can provide evidence they are yours. Please confirm with a local animal law lawyer.

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Q: my dog gets off her leash and my neighbor beats her to "train her properly" what can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on Jul 28, 2015

Answered on Jul 30, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
Check the TN laws about cruelty to animals and/or animal abuse. A local animal law lawyer can assist.

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Q: We received a dog from a friend. She agreed we could pay later. Now she wants the dog back and is accusing us of theft.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on Jul 28, 2015

Answered on Jul 30, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Just give the dog back and then there is no issue. You don't have anything invested in one day.

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Q: I had left my dog at my mom while I was moving now she won't give the dog back what can I do I have his akc paper work

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on Jul 26, 2015

Answered on Jul 27, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
The dog is your property. You can sue someone who won't return your property. But it's your mom. Maybe you can talk to her and work it out?

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Q: My neighbors pigs have destroyed my pasture. She always let's her animals roam freely. What should I do

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Nov 20, 2013

Answered on Jul 26, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Perhaps you should go to see an attorney about this if negotiations with the neighbor produce nothing.

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Q: my wife got rid of my dog with out telling me. can i get him back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Jul 21, 2015

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
That's mean. Find out where it is and try to get it back.

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Q: Sold a pup, texts clearly state $100 cash plus removal of all garbage they paid but didnt take the trash. what can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on Jul 22, 2015

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
I"m not sure I understand the question. A NY animal law or contracts lawyer can review the entire agreement and circumstances and advise.

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Q: Unreasonable damages

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on Jul 22, 2015

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
Yes, consult with a local TX animal law lawyer. First two steps are two review the contract and google "texas puppy lemon law" (and/or similar terms). Be well.

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Q: Is it legal to kill a dog with high powered air pellet rifle.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on Jul 22, 2015

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
It may be legal if self defense, but not just because the dog is on the property. Imagine how crazy that would be. Call the police.

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Q: do i need a lawyer for my dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on Jul 23, 2015

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
Anyone can sue for anything...that doesn't necessarily mean it's a good case, though. I'm not familiar with Michigan law on this, but in many states, it is a defense if the dog is provoked. Talk to a local lawyer to be sure. Also, if a claim is made, you can turn it over to your renter's liability insurance. If you don't have it, you should get it (for the future).

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Q: The newspaper carrier hit & killed our dog. Can I hold her accountable for the vet bills?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on Jul 23, 2015

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
Talk to a local lawyer about making a claim or perhaps you can sue in small claims court. The damages may be medical bills and/or the value of your pet, depending on VA laws. You might have a claim against her employer, too, and there may be insurance that covers it.

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Q: I know of someone who stabbed their dog then later shot it and buried it in their back yard. Can they get in trouble?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on Jul 23, 2015

Answered on Jul 23, 2015

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Matthew Williams' answer
Yes, this person could theoretically be charged with abusing a companion animal, that is, if the authorities somehow found about all this.

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Q: Am I legally responsible

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on Jul 20, 2015

Answered on Jul 21, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
Not enough information to answer. Talk to a local animal law or injury lawyer. If a claim is made against you, your homeowner's (or renter's) liability insurance may cover it.

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Q: Am I legally respinsible

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on Jul 20, 2015

Answered on Jul 21, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
Not enough information to answer. Talk to a local criminal defense lawyer.

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Q: my dog was adopted without my consent by my roomate and a shelter would i be able to get my baby back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on Jul 20, 2015

Answered on Jul 20, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
More information is needed. If someone stole your dog, you should try to get it back.

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Q: is it legal to leave a dog in a backyard if a neighbor is checking on it?

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

Answered on Jul 19, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
I'm not aware of any statutes that make it illegal as long as the dog is properly being taken care of. A criminal lawyer can verify.

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Q: if my neighbor does something to my dog what can i do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on Jul 5, 2015

Answered on Jul 18, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
Ask a lawyer to write a strong letter on your behalf. He doesn't have the right to spray water into your property. If he shoots your dog, call the police.

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Q: My neighbor is feeding my dog against my wishes by tossing food over the fence, is this legal.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on Jul 10, 2015

Answered on Jul 18, 2015

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Adam Studnicki's answer
Your neighbor does not have the right to toss "stuff" on your property. Ask a local lawyer to write a strong letter on your behalf.

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