Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers by State

Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

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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Q: If my dog bit my daughter and I kill the dog what will happen

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on Apr 27, 2015

Answered on May 2, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
If the dog bit your daughter, then I am sorry for both your daughter and the dog, and I hope that your daughter is ok. You should call animal control and they will take the dog away and label the dog as a vicious animal and the dog will be subject to euthanasia (i.e. put to sleep).

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Q: My 79 year old mother bought a dog and bonded with it 2 months ago. They are bonded. Now someone is calling saying the

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

Answered on May 2, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
If your mother bought the dog (i.e. paid for the dog) and has had the dog for two (2) years and the dog is not neglected in any way, then that is your mother's dog. The person who sold the dog to your mother has no legal rights to that dog. If the dog is being neglected, however, then animal control may get involved but that does not establish rights to the dog's former owner. The key here is that your mother paid for this dog and that the dog has been cared for and is not in neglect in any...

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Q: Is it legal in Florida for a vet to keep my dog until payment is made in full?

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

Answered on Apr 30, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Negotiate a resolution yourself or hire an attorney which will cost a lot more, to negotiate for you.

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Q: Can I press charges for someone giving away my dogs?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on Apr 24, 2015

Answered on Apr 25, 2015

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David Barranco's answer
You might file a civil claim against your relatives in small claims court or, potentially, go down to the police station and swear out a criminal complaint for theft or animal cruelty. In either case, you appear to have what we lawyers call a “proof problem.” I fear local police will not take your complaint seriously because, from the way you asked your question, it does not sound as though you possess actual, physical evidence that a specific person or persons stole, mistreated, or harmed...

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Q: People i lived with 6 months ago wont give me my dog i have papers of them acknowledging its mine can i get it back?

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

Answered on Apr 20, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
It will cost you at least 300 to file suit, plus 40 bucks each for each defendant to have them served. So, if you want to spend the money to sue, you might be able to get the dog, if the facts are right.

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Q: While getting out of my car my dog heard another dog growl so he ran out to see the other dog and they fought?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Feb 20, 2014

Answered on Apr 18, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
The guy would have to spend about $340 to sue you in small claims court. The dog did not just run out to see the other dog. Read the local ordinances, either city or county, regarding animals.

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Q: Who is responsible for vet bills if my dog is attacked by my neighbor's dog on my property?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Mar 14, 2014

Answered on Apr 15, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
There are not enough facts here for me to form an opinion.

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Q: Someone is claiming that my dog is theirs

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Mar 14, 2014

Answered on Apr 13, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You needed to look into the local ordinances then, to see if there is anything that can help you.

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Q: Someone is claiming that my dog is theirs

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Mar 14, 2014

Answered on Apr 13, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You needed to look into the local ordinances then, to see if there is anything that can help you.

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Q: Legal rights for rescue dog I've owned for 3 years

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Apr 10, 2015

Answered on Apr 12, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Not in my opinion. The dog was lost by them over 3 years ago, picked up by a shelter and then sold to you, right? Check with the local ordinances, which is always the best place to start. There will probably be something in the ordinances that supports your position.

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Q: What rights I have as a property owner when people allow their dogs to pee on my lawn when they are walking them,

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Mar 23, 2014

Answered on Apr 10, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You should learn about the local ordinances regarding animals, and try to find something in there that you might be able to use.

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Q: Aggressive Dogs

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on Apr 9, 2015

Answered on Apr 10, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Keep calling the cops and animal control when they get loose.

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