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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: I won my civil case, what's next?

So after the judge made his judgement. He said my ex had until the end of the month to return my dog. What happen is she doesn't return my dog or what steps can i take to enforce the judgement?

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on May 20, 2022

If she does not return your dog, you may apply to the court for an order of contempt (i.e. that she did not comply with the court's order) and serve it on her. There will be additional legal penalties imposed on her for doing so.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: Who would be in violation if an unleashed dog runs up to a leashed dog and the leashed dog attacks unleashed dog?

The leashed dog was in front of its home and unleashed dog ran to it.

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on May 19, 2022

The owner of the unleashed dog would be liable for dog at large and the owner of the leashed dog could be liable for dangerous dog with the potential defense of provocation.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: An SDGE tree contract worker came onto my property, hit my dog and left without notifying me. Is there anything i can do

Pet was visibly ran over by a car.

I have a few acers, and my dogs are usually out and about on my property.

An SDGE contractor came to our home to inspect and clear around any electric poles.

I could hear as they sped off but didn't think anything of it. I have... Read more »

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on May 16, 2022

You should be able to make a claim with SDGE for personal property damage for your dog, and the driver and/or the company may also be liable for animal cruelty. If SDGE denies your claim, you may be able to sue for civil damages.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Why am I being told I can't adopt my boyfriend dog back after the humane office took it

Sent to court and had hearing and a 600 bind was set for the care of him and again my boyfriend is the owner of this dog but he is my ESA dog

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on May 15, 2022

You are being told that you cannot adopt the dog because your boyfriend still owns the dog unless he fails to pay that $600 cost of care

bond the court just set. If he fails maintain ownership during the case by missing any payments, typically he forfeits his ownership which then goes to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: Is Regulations on Assistance Animals (ESAs) Legal?

Hi, I live in a single family home, in Missouri, which is public housing. I was prescribed by a psychologist an assistance animal to help with my severe generalized anxiety and depression. I went to speak with my landlord and they gave me a thick sheet of “rules” i have to follow such as;... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on May 15, 2022

This is not legal per the Fair Housing Act as a blanket set of rules. Reasonable restrictions can be requested by the landlord if your particular emotional support animal(s) would somehow interfere with the living situation of other residents/ the character of neighborhood (for example your... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on
Q: Can I sue a business for losing my dog??

I took my dog to a doggy day care about 2days ago when I arrived to pick him up they inform that somehow he got free and bolted through the dog I have yet to find him so I wanted to know what are my options and how to go about them. Thanks

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on May 15, 2022

In short the answer is yes. But it would make more sense to start with demanding more information as to what happened, ask to see any surveillance videos etc to see if you can somehow get some clue as to what may have happened or where he ran off to.

Also find out if your state regulates/...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My ex-girlfriend stole my cat. Can I get my cat back?

My ex-girlfriend showed up to my apartment uninvited requesting to retrieve the remainder of her items. I allowed her in and she ended up staying a while. I had fallen asleep and when I woke up, my ex and my cat were both gone. I had adopted the cat after we broke up and have documentation that I... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on May 15, 2022

Yes you can still sue her for replevin. I’d also add claims for civil theft (possibility of being awarded attorney fees and triple damages), and also a claim for conversion which has a different mental state requirement than civil theft. The key is getting a show cause hearing set.

The...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: The state picked up charges i filed against someone. I am being called as a witness. Do i nees a lawyer?

This is a dangerous animal case. My neighbors dog charged under a fence and attacked my dog Can they legally bring the dangerous animal near me/my home? This happens so often that i missed the first court date because i was afraid leave my home to check the mail. What is considered witness... Read more »

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on May 11, 2022

In most instances victims of crime or witnesses who report crimes do not need an attorney. As a victim, assuming that’s the situation, you have an attorney already through the government, whether it’s a city prosecutor, an assistant district attorney, or a Assistant US attorney. But, It... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Divorce for Oklahoma on
Q: What if my spouse refuses to return my dog during separation period before divorce?

Wife has refused ownership of the dog several times due to quality of life at apartment. I’ve offered to pay for everything. He has lived with me for the entire separation period. He was my bestfriend while I was in the army. Now she is only keeping him from me to hurt me. But she has him listed... Read more »

Anna L Self
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Anna L Self
answered on May 11, 2022

You don't say how the dog is listed in the divorce decree. If the decree says she gets the dog and it has not been signed by the Judge - don't sign the decree. If the decree says she gets the dog and the Judge has signed the decree then the decree is enforceable. Dogs are considered... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Health Care Law and International Law for California on
Q: is it legal for a tour company to not allow someone's task trained service animal to accompany them on the tour?

I'm traveling to a different country amd require my animal to monitor my heart rate among other specific tasks, and was told I would not be allowed to bring her.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 6, 2022

A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. There are animal law attorneys here who would have the strongest insight into legal issues with service animals, and you could reach out to them at this point. However, from an international law/health care law... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Land Use & Zoning for Florida on
Q: Opening a dog park/bar/cafe in Oakland Park Fl and wondering about zoning and permitting needed. It is b-2 zoning now.

We want to create a fun and safe space for dogs to socialize but also for humans to be able to have a drink, coffee, or sandwich while utilizing the wifi and getting some work done. We have a location in mind and it is b-2 zoning. We just are not sure if this is allowed or what we need to do to get... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 4, 2022

Start by having a chat with your county planning department.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Land Use & Zoning for Florida on
Q: Opening a dog park/bar/cafe in Oakland Park Fl and wondering about zoning and permitting needed. It is b-2 zoning now.

We want to create a fun and safe space for dogs to socialize but also for humans to be able to have a drink, coffee, or sandwich while utilizing the wifi and getting some work done. We have a location in mind and it is b-2 zoning. We just are not sure if this is allowed or what we need to do to get... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on May 4, 2022

Good idea; I would drop by with my dog if it flies. First speak to Oakland Park Planning & Zoning staff, and I recommend you go in person in order to review and discuss the list of uses permitted in that zoning category, and to discuss if your intended uses can fit with their interpretation of... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can you sue a pest control company for killing your dog? I’m located in barren county Kentucky.

I hired a pest control company to do pest control in my house. One week later my dog died. I took him to the vet before dying. He said because of rat poison. I asked the guy from pest control and he said he put bait rat poison. He said that it was pet friendly. It wasn’t. Can I sue him? How do I... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on May 3, 2022

Yes, but you’ll most certainly need a lawyer to handle it for you. You’ll also need to make sure your vet will testify for you as to the rat poison.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: i signed a contract for purchase of a dog but the vaccines included in the contract the dog never received nor paperwork

So now i must pay as well as find paperwork for the dog and his vaccines that were never given but stated in the contact what should i do

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Apr 29, 2022

You can bring a small claims suit for your costs.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: Who would help if animals are not getting treated right at a dog daycare and boarding facility?

One employee was told to kick the dogs if they didnt listen. I was told to scream at them. Some don’t get water throughout the day or medicines.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 28, 2022

It would be best for the attorneys who work with Animal/Dog Law to answer this, and you posted in the correct category. I'm sorry your question remains open for two weeks. You showed the courage to seek assistance for a sad situation involving the mistreatment of animals; dogs deserve to be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: I know who has my dog, how much they want in return & proof of ownership. Local authorities say it is a civil matter.

Carter County Ky

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 27, 2022

Glad you got your dog back. Skip the civil proceedings.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I be sued even though he left her for a month with no check ups?

In 2019 we got a dog. Then she became everyone’s since I worked. He would always say it’s his dog but no legal papers saying he has ownership. Recently he moved. And I registered her under my name and now he is threatening to sue me. And he didn’t care about her for over a month since he’s... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Apr 27, 2022

A dog is considered personal property. If he sues you to get the dog, the court will determine who is the rightful owner based on all the evidence and testimony. You can use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney if he sues you. Until then, you don't have to respond to him.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: what can i do if someone hasn’t paid in full for a puppy i sold them?

She begged me for the dog and said she can pay $1000 for him now & $1350 later. She then took him to the vet several times because he had diarrhea from the food the vet said she fed him . I told her i will refund her and take him back but she said she will handle everything and now she said... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Apr 24, 2022

A suit of $1350 is small claims. You can sue there.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I received a 10 day pet violation from my landlord. I am being told I have to get rid of my dog or be evicted.

He is an ESA animal can they make me move or get rid of him?

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Apr 20, 2022

If your lease does not allow for pets then your landlord has a right to serve you with a notice of termination for the violation. However, if your animal is an emotional support animal ("ESA"), you need to show your landlord your note from your doctor proving your animal is an ESA, which... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Can I legally be changed a pet fee for using my service animals for my disabilities?

I have resided in a hotel for over four months and about 3 wks into our stay I presented the registration to the mhr of the hotel. I had to wait for an approval to bring them with me. On Monday got the ok. So 3months and 3 wks later the mgr come to us stating I could not have them and I will have... Read more »

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Apr 15, 2022

No, you cannot be charged a pet fee or pet cleaning fee for using a service animal. You are correct that the only fee that can be charged is for any damage caused by the service animal. You cannot be asked to remove your service animal unless it is out of control or is not housebroken. A service... Read more »

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