Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: My dog is micro chip to me I have all his documentation cans some one else claim to be the owner and sue me

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Answered on Apr 27, 2017

Who is the dog's owner? Why do each of you claim ownership? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and...
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Q: Found a dog. How long until I can claim as it's owner?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Answered on Apr 27, 2017

Contact the shelter to report it lost and have them pick up the dog. You can leave your name with them as a potential adoptor if the owners don't claim it. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the...
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Q: Is it considered animal neglect if your dog is really sick and you don't seek help from a vet? if so what could happen

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Apr 26, 2017

Under Virginia Code 3.2-6570, animal cruelty (Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and up to a $2500 fine) includes depriving an animal of "emergency veterinary treatment". You should consult with an attorney in your local jurisdiction to discuss the specific facts and circumstances of your situation to determine whether your dog requires "emergency veterinary treatment".
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Q: Should I get an attorney or try settle on my own?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Apr 26, 2017

The "insurance lady" is with the neighbor's insurance company? Hire an attorney if you want, but the attorney will just charge you for being an intermediary between you and the insurance adjuster.
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Q: So the city is not allowing my dogs to stay at my house because of my dads past what can I do to keep my dogs?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Apr 25, 2017

1. You move

2. Your Dad moves
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Q: My dog had to have emergency c section one live puppy. However, they clipped one of her paws. Do I owe the bill?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Apr 24, 2017

They amputated a paw during a c section? Or they nicked it? In any event, the vet would likely have to pay for medical care related to caring for the injured paw. If the c-section was otherwise carried out properly, you owe for the service, regardless of whether the puppy died.
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Q: Austin, TX. My ex gave away my ferret without my consent. I found my ex's friend facebook post a year later. Anything?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Answered on Apr 24, 2017

It sounds like it might be a class C theft. You could walk into the police station and report the crime but don't be surprised if they don't follow-up on it.

Be careful about shaming the person online by sending repeated electronic messages since the Harassment and Stalking laws are very broadly written and that's the last thing you need.
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Q: A Ferrell tom cat got into my garage and killed one of my own cats.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Answered on Apr 24, 2017

Interesting question. I know of no reason why you couldn't do that, except that your use of the word "anywhere" is a concern. It would not be wise to do it just anywhere. For example, releasing it in a residential area or near a school would be a bad idea. The best location would probably be a wooded area in a state or federal park. We have quite a number of those in Alabama,

You might try calling the animal control officer for your area, and see if they will catch it and remove...
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Q: Animal control gave me a ticket to appear in court for a dog barking. I don't own a dog.

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Traffic Tickets for California on
Answered on Apr 22, 2017

Why do you have no way of defending yourself? Show up, plead not guilty. Prove you don't live at or own the house or the dog. Or, hire an attorney to do it for you.
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Q: what should i do if my husky accidentally bit a chihuahua and the other party wants all medical bills paid for?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017

You can tell them no. They can sue in Small Claims court where you can try to argue that your dog was provoked as your defense. If the Chihuaha bit your dog, you might win. Unclear what "provoked" means and whether the damage caused by your dog was proportional to the provocation.
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Q: Animal control took my dogs The office claims they are Pitt bulls and aggressive. How do I get them back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017

If the locality has specific rules for pitbulls the paperwork showing there are not pitbulls will be helpful. For the "aggressive behavior" the issue turns mostly on the creditability of the neighbor versus other witnesses (and other documentary evidence) that tends to show that the dogs do not normally exhibit aggressive behavior to others.

For the procedures, you should have received documentation when the dogs were taken to appeal the decision.
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Q: Are humane societies subject to puppy lemon laws in Minnesota?

1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law and Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017

No. Humane societies are not covered under the 325F.79 definition of pet dealers.
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Q: Do you have to stop if you hit a dog or cat?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents, Libel & Slander and Wrongful Death for Utah on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017
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Q: seeking attorney for consultation for animal medical malpractice for fairfax, virginia

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice for Virginia on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017

The problem is that the value of the animal is basically the market value.However there may be other things involved.Start with members of the Va. trial Lawyers Assn-they give free consults.
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Q: My dog got loose, bit a man running alone, by my house. My dog has marks where he had been struck. Does he have a case?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Missouri on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017

He has a case--his word against the dog's. A dog bite is distinctive so your argument would be ?

Notify your homeowners, let them deal with it.
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Q: Can my boyfriends parents take our dogs to the SPCA without our permission one is my support dog and I need her.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017

How are they even accessing your dogs? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer...
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Q: What do i do if some body I know stole my service dog?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Apr 20, 2017

You can report it to the police, and you can sue for conversion in court. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in California, New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts,...
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Q: In the state of California, how long until a dog is considered abandoned property?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Apr 20, 2017

If you want the dogs, offer to take them or buy them. If he doesn't agree, Grandma can tell him he has to maintain the dogs with daily food, water and grooming or they are no longer welcome on her property. If he doesn't comply, call Animal Control. You can adopt them from Animal Control if he doesn't claim them.
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Q: Can i investigate someone for their address with their name and phone number online?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Apr 20, 2017

It's not clear what you want. Money back? Refund for vet bills? New puppy? If it's money you want, you have a Small Claims case.
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Q: I own a housedog and trailer in t court who doesnt allow dogs. Dog stays in my house 24/7. Can I legally kp my dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Minnesota on
Answered on Apr 19, 2017

Without knowing more information, it is likely that you are bound to the terms set forth by the trailer court. There may be an exception if you owned the dog (and lived in the trailer court) prior to the time the trailer court imposed the no dogs rule.
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