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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Q: The county had took my dogs and we now have a court date to try and get them back how likely will we be to get them back
Timothy Carignan
Timothy Carignan answered on May 5, 2021

It depends on why the county took them away.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: I adopted a pregnant rescue dog recently. Does that mean I am also the legal owner of her puppies?

The rescue service is claiming that they are the legal owners of her puppies now that they are born and they plan to collect all of them and handle all adoptions including collecting fees. Our signed adoption contract states that she was pregnant at the time of adoption and does not mention the... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on May 5, 2021

I would review the adoption contract to see if it says anything about the puppies. If the contract says nothing about the unborn puppies and returning them, then I see no reason you should return the puppies.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: Pitt Bulls Owner Laws In Louisiana

If you live in a Apartments Complex that’s gated. Is it a law that tents has to have insurance on they pit bulls in Louisiana. The landlord only make them pay him and when I question him he said oh no, Nobody can’t have pits over here but they over here they be running around at times. Also in... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 5, 2021

Landlords can require pet insuranxe.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What can I legally do when some fails to keep their end of an agreement to stud contract?

We had an agreement and I have retained screenshots of the agreement made threw text and the person had 3 puppies total. Agreement was I get a puppy or the price for what the puppy sells for. She refuses to give me a puppy and has sold 2 already and refuses to give me the money

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

You can potentially sue her for breaching that agreement. It won't be cut and dry because it doesn't sound like there's a signed contract, but there are some potential theories of recovery available to you under what you've described.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on
Q: My ex stole my dog and I know where he is, I have all the paperwork showing he is legally mine, can the police get him

Can the police come with me and make her give him back to me or do I have to take her to court?

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on May 3, 2021

The police might, but oftentimes the police will say it's a civil matter and require you to sue your ex in civil court.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: My mother lives with me and has two dogs that I want to get rid of. They are not house trained and I want them out.

How can I get rid of the legaly?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 2, 2021

You can evict your mother with the dogs or you can help her house train the dogs. Anything else is illegal.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: I need advice on what steps to take. I have had my dog seized and I want to fight her being declared dangerous.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Apr 30, 2021

You will need to get a breeder or licensed dog trainer as an expert and a lawyer to file for a stay

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: A horse hauler drove onto my property, ran over my dog and injured her. I have $1,200+ in vet bills.I want them to pay

I have no affiliation w/ horse hauler. I have a gated entrance and fully fenced property.

Horse Hauler drove onto my property following the owner of the horse they were picking up. They picked up the horse and left without even speaking with me.

I called and asked her to pay for... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 29, 2021

You can sue in Small Claims court and get a judgment of up to $10k if you prove your damages in that amount. Whether you can collect mostly depends on whether the hauler has insurance that applies.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: How to get my sons puppy out of animal control if he is arrested in Florida?

He was arrested today and animal control took the dog because he lives by home self and nobody else was there to claim the pet. I called the pound and they are saying I need power of attorney to get the dog? Is this true?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Apr 26, 2021

It seems that the pound wouldn't actually know that the dog isn't yours unless you told them, but if that's what they say, the easiest way to do it would probably be to download a POA form, bring it to the jail, and have your son sign it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Utah on
Q: My neighbor, a close friend, asked me to take his dog when he died. He died of cancer last week.

When he was alive, he told me that he put his dog in his will and specifically told me that it was important (he was acting very cryptic and secretive about it). His estranged wife keeps asking me if I'm going to keep her. I told her yes, and that I suspected my friend (her estranged husband)... Read more »

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Apr 26, 2021

If you are to receive his dog (which is deemed "property") then you are a beneficiary of the will. As such, you are entitled to see the Will unless the Will says otherwise (something like, no beneficiary is entitled to a copy of the will and will be subject to judicial review only).... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: What can I do to help neglected puppies of animal control won’t step in?

CA-Neighbors have puppies in cage all day/night. Left out in rain and heat. Contacted animal control, nothing followed. They are given water and food once a day for 6 left alone the rest of the day.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 25, 2021

You have no legal rights to do anything. You can offer to buy them if Animal Control believes that the puppies are being given legally adequate care but you disagree. If the owner doesn't want to sell, then move on.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My boyfriend gave my dog away without my permission the same day he request to get my dog back he paid the person

who took my dog and now the person doesn't want to give me my dog back

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 23, 2021

Call the police and report that this person is in receipt of stolen property. You can also sue in Small Claims for money and/or for an Order for return of your property. Your success will depend on whether your boyfriend was the owner of the dog or had authority to give it away.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on
Q: I am fostering a dog through a rescue and the director is not allowing me to follow through with the contract.

The contract states that I am committed for a a “minimum of 2-3 weeks and if you fail to follow through that commitment you are responsible for paying boarding fees”. She is now telling me I have to keep the dog until she is adopted which could take months. The dog is incredibly destructive to... Read more »

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Apr 21, 2021

More information is needed. You might call an attorney in your area for a review of the contract and perhaps an intervention, or alternative solution.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: We adopted a puppy from a local rescue. We need to relinquish puppy but rescue is non-responsive. What are our options?

The contract we signed stated in the event of relinquishment, we are required to return the dog to the rescue. We contacted the rescue months ago. After many emails and calls, they finally sent us a relinquishment form. A month later, they are non-responsive. Our hands are tied because we signed... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Apr 21, 2021

They are most likely overwhelmed. But that does not excuse them from their contact. Keep trying. In the meantime, if you’re reasons for relinquishment are behavioral, consider hiring a trainer or see if there’s dog has underlying health issues like an undescended testicle or something otherwise... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: Is it considered trespassing by a dog owner that repeatedly allows pet to urinate/defecate on private property?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 21, 2021

There are leash laws, and laws requiring pet owners clean up after their dog. These are usually county or municipal infractions under local code. So, if you witness the incident and can identify the pet owner, you can report it to the police or local Animal Control. As far as trespassing, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I'm a dog walker, I walked a dog for 3 days. the dog bit a ladies long sleeve which cause her to fall now i'm being sue.

i had never walk this dog before, I was hired through wag.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 20, 2021

Contact Wag and see whether you are covered under its liability policy. If not, you might be covered under the dog owners policy.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Is it legal to put poison in trash when a dog keeps getting into it and ripping it up or to shoot at the dog.
Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Apr 20, 2021

Are you asking if you can poison a dog or shoot it for getting into your trash? I would say either would fall under animal cruelty laws. I would suggest you get a better trash receptical.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Hampshire on
Q: For a minor dog bite in New Hampshire how do I go about filing a lawsuit? I did go to the hospital

It required no stitches, but it was bad enough that I will have a permanent scar for the rest of my life. I went to the hospital, they cleaned it and gave me antibiotics. I had to revisit the ER a couple weeks later because it wasn’t getting any better, but eventually healed up after a long... Read more »

Neil Nicholson
Neil Nicholson answered on Apr 16, 2021

The process to file a lawsuit in NH can be found by looking at the NH Judicial Branch website. The rules in Superior Court can be found here:

NH dog bite law is favorable towards victims. The facts you provide support that you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for Kentucky on
Q: What can I do about a neighbor that continually teases my dogs by riding a horse or driving a 4 wheeler?

I live on a side road from the road KY 596 and the neighbors continually tease my dogs by riding a horse down the road or by driving a 4 wheeler and they only go as far as our property then turns around and comes back. Also my dogs run free into and out of my yard but they come to me when I yell... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 16, 2021

Put your dogs up and eliminate the attraction for the neighbors. The other option is to move.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: Are there laws to protect people who get attacked/chased by “service animals” who are not on leashes and aggressive?

The dogs are aggressive and chase me and my dog who is on a leash beside me. I’m afraid to leave my apt. What do I do?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Apr 15, 2021

Yes. Service animals are required to be under the owner’s control at all times. So the dog cannot chase and attack you and be exempt from the law. Such behavior could fall under Colorado’s dangerous dog statute. If you are being chased or attacked by any dog, regardless of designation, you can... Read more »

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