Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: When i take my dog out on walks or on errands, he gathers a lot of attention because he is a rare breed.

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

The dog is your property and you have the right to exclude others from touching it. The leash and vest are a good idea. Also a good idea would be, when meeting a fellow walker, to explain that your dog is shy, doesn't like people, aggressive, etc., to preemptively stop unwanted petting. However, what is the problem? People like to pet dogs and it's a very common thing to do. If your dog is aggressive then your attitude is understandable. You may incite a physical altercation by physically...
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Q: daughters girlfriend came over, no one home, dog got out- cops issued citation “owner or keeper allowed dog off property

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 15, 2017

Not sure if you are responsible under the circumstances--if there were damages notify homeowners, ask them. Plead not guilty on the citation. See if girlfriend will testify.
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Q: My dog bit my girlfriends mom and they want to put my dog to sleep. Does the county have the right to do that without my

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

I assume that you are going to have a hearing, or request a hearing. If your dog is determined to be vicious per Food and Agriculture Code section 31603, it can be destroyed per section 31645, or not (subject to conditions imposed upon ownership).
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Q: If a repeat restraing order violator keeps coming onto my property can I have my dog protect me and bite him if needed

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

You would be better off calling the police if someone is violating a restraining order. You are not civilly liable for a dog bite on your own property against someone who has no right to be present. I would be very cautious using force against that person if there is no physical threat to you at the time of the force. A misjudgment on the use of force can become a crime.
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Q: Hi. I was accused of not picking up after my dog. Do I have the right to confront whoever made that claim? Thank you.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Dec 14, 2017

If you are charged with a crime, you have the right to confront your accuser - in court or at an administrative hearing - and to question them about the accusation. It would be a bad idea to go to her door and "confront" her. Proving your responsibility as a dog owner by attending obediance classes has nothing to do with the accusation. There is no reason for your dog to poop in a neighbor's yard, whether you clean it up or not. There is a berm between the curb and the sidewalk. That is...
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Q: Can anything be done about someone who only takes their dog out to pee, no exercise or walks ever?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Dec 14, 2017

Unfortunately, animal control is who we typically rely on to address potential issues of neglect. You can reach out to rescues in your area that do community outreach and see if any of them are willing to go talk to the owner. However, unless the owner wants to change things, there's no way to force him unless the behavior becomes criminal.
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Q: As a volunteer working at an animal refuge in NYS, do you have any rights when it comes to living conditions and health?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Employment Law for New York on
Answered on Dec 13, 2017

You are asking a human habitation or housing question.

Call local building inspectors - whoever inspects or issues building or renovation permits. Is the building zoned residential and does it have CO, certificate of occupancy for human habitation?

Local building inspectors can inspect any facility being occupied by humans for compliance with minimal requirements. Does it meet whatever the minimums are. Higher taxes generally equate to higher standards - not always....
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Q: My dog was adopted from a shelter when I was incarcerated. He is a registered service animal. How can I get him back?

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

I would estimate that your ownership in the animal has terminated. You should have found temporary housing for the dog during your incarceration. Since the dog ended up at a City shelter, the shelter was within its rights to accept the dog and to place it in another home. Your complaint, if any, is against the person who left your dog at the shelter. If you had paid someone for the service of keeping your animal and they failed to live up to the bargain, you may have a claim for damages.
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Q: If you are 13 years old and are watching a dog and the dog gets lose can you be held responsible

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 13, 2017

Responsible for what? Was the dog lost, injured, or did it injure someone else? Yes, you might be held responsible.
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Q: Can you sue someone for their animals being on your property?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Intellectual Property and Land Use & Zoning for North Dakota on
Answered on Dec 12, 2017

Generally, an owner of a domestic animal has a duty to reasonably control the domestic animal. If a person fails to reasonably control his or her pet, he or she may be liable for resulting damage. This is general legal information and should not be relied upon in your specific case. An attorney must first meet with a potential client to discuss all relevant facts related to a specific matter before being able to render adequate legal advice. I hope this helps!
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Q: My dog was attacked by another dog. now my dog needs a $4000 surgery. can I make the other dog owner pay?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Answered on Dec 12, 2017

Generally, an aggrieved party may sue another for damage that results to themselves or their property by the negligent acts of another. If an animal has a history of violent acts, it may be classified as a "dangerous animal" and be subject to a higher standard of care by its owner than an owner of a domestic animal without any violent history. This is general information, and you should not rely on it in your specific situation. An attorney needs to first meet with a potential client to...
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Q: If I train a dog to shoot a gun and it kills someone will I be held responsible

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Dec 12, 2017

Both of you. Big trouble. Don't even think about it. If it did happen you need to speak with an attorney who handles criminal defense of homide cases.
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Q: My boyfriend and i split up and he took our dog and i want him back but how?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Dec 12, 2017

At best, you would have a partial ownership interest in the dog. It may be that you surrendered any ownership interest when you broke up. You cannot prove ownership by arguing that the current owner provides an unsafe home. Your ownership interest is determined based upon purchase records, acknowledgement of a gift, payment of expenses, etc. In these cases, it is impossible to divide the dog. One party or the other takes all it seems. Sometimes people work out shared ownership....
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Q: If a 13 year old is volunteering ar a pound and he gets bit, can he come back at the age of 18 and Sue the City

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Answered on Dec 12, 2017

The statute of limitations for minors wishing to pursue a cause of action generally begins at age 18. However, a claim could be brought sooner through a parent or guardian. You should first, however, speak to an attorney to determine if you have an actionable claim.
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Q: Is holding a cat down and spanking it over and over and then throwing the cat abuse?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017
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Q: Are there specific laws regarding wolfdogs, how many dogs are allowed in a household, and do service animals count?

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

Yes, wolf hybrids are heavily regulated in Colorado, I would imagine the same in Texas. You will need to look at the state law, and then local law (municipal and/or county). There are also limits for how many dogs are allowed in a household which also varies per municipality. A bone fide service dog should not be included in a "pet" limit, but I'm fairly sure wolf hybrids are not allowed to be service dogs per ADA regulations. If you try to claim multiple dogs as service dogs, you would...
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Q: Can my step dad kick my young child and I out without any notice prior to vacate?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law, Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Answered on Dec 10, 2017

Well, you can certainly contact a lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your situation and see what answers they give you. While you are staying at his place you should find other accommodations. I am limited to what I can answer in a public forum, which is why I am telling you to contact a lawyer for a free consultation so that you or we can go over your situation and options in details.

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Q: What Can I do if someone kicks my dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Dec 10, 2017

Report him to the police for animal cruelty. If the dog is injured, sue in Small Claims for veterinary bills.
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Q: In the event my missing dog is identified by a veterinarian, what action should the DVM take?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Dec 10, 2017

If the information on your dog’s registration and/or microchip comes back to you and/or matches what you gave the vets, they should contact you directly to retrieve your pup. Good luck! I hope he comes back to you!
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Q: will having vet bills prove my ownership of a dog ?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Dec 9, 2017

If he gave the dog to you, it is yours. If you just volunteered to absorb these expenses for your boyfriend while he was going through a tough time, the dog is his.
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