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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Kentucky on
Q: I need help, is there a statute of limitation on my baby Ivy who died consuming deadly dog food after a year.
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 31, 2020

Yes. It is either one or two years, depending on the exacts facts of how the dog died.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: So I have a Bullmastiff. We had friends over and a 7 year old fed my dog a sponge. We can only prove it cuz

The vet did a $5k surgery to remove it. Can I sue the parents.? They both think my dog was stupid cuz he ate it. But the child put it in my dogs reach.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Mar 31, 2020

Dogs are allowed to be stupid. The question, nevertheless, would be whether the parents were negligent by allowing their child to eat the sponge. For the purpose of this question, I shall assume the surgery was necessary.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My 8 month old puppy ran out of the house when my 15 year old daughter opened the door to take out the trash.

He ran up to a neighbor and barked. Now I have two misdemeanors for dog at large and dangerous dog for him “charging.” He’s a friendly dog and just wanted to play. He came right back as soon as I called him. What can I do?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Mar 30, 2020

You really have to fight these kinds of charges because the consequences for you and your dog can be severe. I would recommend speaking to an attorney about your defenses.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My 82 year old sister can no longer afford misdeneanor victim restitution payments, owes $172,000.

She has been making pmts for many years and would like to be rid of this financial burden. Needs help. I wasn't sure of category.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 30, 2020

Consult with a Washington criminal defense attorney for modification of the restitution order, or with the Public Defenders Office.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My soon to be ex husband is trying to sue me for custody of my dog. Can he do that? I've had him for almost 9 months now

My ex has been in jail for the last 8 months of the 9. He has had an addiction problem for as long as I can remember and I honestly don't trust him to take care of my dog.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 30, 2020

Let your lawyer handle it but I’d husband hasn’t already filed something for the dog, just sit on it. If he has filed something, your divorce lawyer can respond.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury and Immigration Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I sue if I was bit by a dog where I was working in exchange for room and board? The injury later caused an absess

The absess was staph and another worker had staph there. I was hospitalized for a week and was bed ridden for 6 weeks. In addition I am also an undocumented immigrant from Canada. I moved to the USA on a 3 year work visa and overstayed 10 years ago. I've resided In USA for 13 years. I lost my... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 30, 2020

I think you mean that you were bitten 23 Nov 2019, not 2020. Did you have pasturella or staph? Go get a certified copy of your medical records and bill and hire a personal injury lawyer no later than 23 Oct 2020.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: my sister was watching our dog until we were able to get into a place that allowed pets, since then we had a falling out

and she refuses to give the dog back. I have offered to pay her the cost of care for the time she had him, I have all paperwork showing im the owner, what can be done?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 29, 2020

Report the dog stolen. It is unlikely that the police will get involved in this dispute, but you should begin there. If that doesn't work, you can sue sue your sister in Small Claims for the value of your dog or its return. If you sue, bring all evidence of the existence of your dog, and its... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I found a dog running around in my neighborhood with a chip May 2019.

I took the dog to the vet to be scanned and there as a chip. I generated a found dog alert. I posted on Pet Harbor, Finding Fido, notified local animal shelter, posted on Several FB groups, and also next door . Called animal shelter several times to see if anyone lost dog. Searched lost dog on... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 29, 2020

Yes, they can. Despite all of the things you did, you did not do what the law requires.

Under Civil Code § 2080, when you take possession of a lost thing, you are a “. . .Any person that. . .saves any domestic animal from harm, neglect, drowning, or starvation, shall, within a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: can animale control come 3 weeks after my dog allegiedly attacked a pony for quorintine

there was two dogs involved an only one was removed

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

Yes.

If you have been charged with dangerous/aggressive animal, you should speak to an attorney about your defenses because these are serious criminal charges with serious consequences for you and your dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: My boyfriend and I are splitting, how can I keep my dogs ? Texas law

We are splitting after living 6 years together, He wants to keep one of the two dogs that we have, I want to keep both dogs, What are the legal ways that I can keep them?, he payed for the dogs and the vets bills, their chip and vets paperwork are on my name. I educated them, I take care of them, I... Read more »

Michael Glynn Busby Jr
Michael Glynn Busby Jr answered on Mar 29, 2020

Pets in Texas are treated as property. You have to be married to divide property. You maybe able to find a civil attorney that will file a case in a Justice of the Peace court and you can see what happens. I would says that the judge would likely dismiss and state you cannot get relief. A... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: What kind of lawyer should I hire that deals with puppy contracts?

I recently bought a dog, as I took him to the vet they believe he has a genetic illness that was caused by a dog being misbred. I contacted the store many times and they will not let me get in contact with the owner or manager. The associate always advises me to contact them later or email. I have... Read more »

Matthew Valley
Matthew Valley answered on Mar 28, 2020

Talk to a local consumer lawyer to discuss your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: i have a dog for over three years and someone reported me. can they evict me although workers in the building knew ?

This is a coop apt and i got the dog for my daughter who has OCD and mild depression. I removed the dog now her symptoms are worse especially the depression

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Mar 28, 2020

It sounds like you need to speak with a mental health professional about having the dog prescribed as an emotional support animal. They can be kept even if there is a no pets policy. As far as eviction, if you have openly had the dog for 3 years and the building staff knew there is a NYC law that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Does animal control have to come and pick up a stray dog in my if the animal shelter is full

Have had to put my dogs to keep them from getting ate because the stray is a female and in heat

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 27, 2020

They should, yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My dog(110 lb) was playing with the neighbors dog(12lb) and hurt him by accident. Animal control came and checked my dog

And now my neighbor put her vet invoice on my door of 500$!! Am I required to pay it!?

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

Not unless and until you are convicted or plead guilty to a charge of dangerous/aggressive dog (depending on the jurisdiction). If animal control charged you with a crime, if you plead or are found guilty, you would have to pay any vet bills as part of restitution to the criminal charge.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My gf and I adopted 2 dogs registered to her. She left over a month ago. Now says she's coming to get them. Can she?

She did nothing but complain about them. She never wanted them I did. I have been the sole provider for them, also she moved to an apartment with no yard.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 23, 2020

The fact that her apartment has no yard is completely irrelevant to whether she owns the dogs. The fact that you can provide a better home is completely irrelevant to whether she owns the dogs.

With respect to ownership, your post is unclear. You say that the two of you adopted the dogs,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: RE: ANIMAL SERVICES COMPLAINT FORM

Hi William,I contacted you previously about the mistreatment of a horse.The wife has emotional narcissistic issues & only cares about herself.There is a global pandemic, but all she cares about is finding out what i said in my report.I am shocked my detailed and sensitive information can be... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 23, 2020

FYI: Your post to me is public. If you want to direct your question to a specific attorney, click on that attorney's profile to find their telephone number or email address.

With respect to your comments, if a suit is threatened or filed against you, make a claim with your homeowners...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: is it against the law for my dog to bark in fenced in yard in cleveland tn

i called the law because the naighbor threatened to kill my dog for barking the law told me that they could fine me but she is in my yard with me now im afarid to let her out is this true and how can someone thretin to cause harm to my pet and me be to blamn

Shanone Emmack
Shanone Emmack answered on Mar 23, 2020

It looks like Cleveland, Tennessee does have a noise ordinance that includes pet barking. According to the ordinance It is a violation if it is "frequent or long continued noise that disturbs the comfort or repose of any person in the vicinity". Therefore, you could be fined by a police officer if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Hi, Animal services has just given my complaint records to the owners of the animal.

I would like to know if the owners of the animal i complained about, can sue me over the information i provided in my complaint? Everything in my complaint was true, concise and to the point. I am now very nervous about the situation.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 22, 2020

Anyone can be sued for anything, for the cost of a filing fee. The question is whether a suit can be won. The type of claim that might be brought against you is for libel (written falsities) or slander (spoken falsities) that damaged the subject's reputation. If, as you have noted, spoke the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for South Carolina on
Q: we are allowing ebikes in our community which is about 6 sq miles and has about 2500 residents.

sc rules state that ebikes can go on paths, but our paths are for residents getting exercise who are generally 60+, children on bikes, residents with pets, casual bicylers, etc . we want to restrict bikes to the street and not the paths. can you help?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 22, 2020

You might not even need a lawyer. You could contact your local officials in the city council or town board and discuss your concerns with them. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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