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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: My ex purchased a dog while we were together. We broke up and he moved out and left the dog behind for a month now. He

Sent me a text that said the dog would be staying with me. Since then I microchipped and licensed the dog and took him to the vet for his rabies vaccine and for a check up. He has now told me that he has a notarized letter saying the dog belongs to him because he paid for him and he wants him back... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Oct 24, 2021

In New York, if you go to Court, the judge will decide what is best for all concerned. This is very fact sensitive. The process can take some time and the dog will generally stay where it is until the case is resolved.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My neighbor has threatened to kill my large guardian dog because of his barking. Is there anything I can do?

Great Pyrenees, 18 months old, protects our sheep, chickens, and horses from predators.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 18, 2021

Unless he takes some action against the dog, no.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How late can I stay out behind an alley of to my house to watch a bird
Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Oct 18, 2021

Are there curfews in place? Are there restrictions to the alley? Are there also other residences nearby? - bird watching could easily be construed as peeping and therefore not legal. You need to be more specific and if you have been cited or detained for this then contact a criminal law attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My 83 year old mother lives in Jefferson County , Ky , has a small dog. Her neighbor has pitbull who never leashed. Lega
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 12, 2021

Keep the small dog away from the pit bull and call Animal Control about the pit. All dogs must be on a leash and under the owners control at all times.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Health Care Law for Georgia on
Q: Does HIPAA apply to veterinary medicine in the state of Georgia?

A friend of a client asked about the client's dog's health condition. A receptionist gave the friend information regarding the dog's health, however the only information given was the diagnosis of the dog's health condition. The client was unhappy that her dog's diagnosis... Read more »

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst answered on Oct 12, 2021

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) that governs privacy when it comes to human medical care does not apply to veterinary patients. However, Georgia has a statute on point, O.C.G.A. 24-12-31(a) which provides [n]o veterinarian licensed under Chapter 50 of Title 43 shall... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can someone lawfully shoot my non-aggressive dog if he's in the street in front of my house?

I live in Louisiana. A man was walking down the street in front of my house and my dog ran into the street where he was. He's not aggressive at all. He's a small/midsized dog and he's very friendly. He just wants people to pet him. The guy shot my dog in the face at point blank range... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 10, 2021

Call Animal Protection and press animal cruelty charges. Then contact the Justice of the Peace and file suit against the gun toting psycho. Then build a fence.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My neighbor two dogs live in a kennel. I want to help the dogs. What can I do ?

They live in kennel. They have food,water and kennel. The don't get human contact or exercise

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 9, 2021

Unfortunately, those are sufficient for their protection under the law. I doubt there’s much you can do.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: What can I do to get help with incessantly barking dogs at night?

This has been going on for over 2 years. Speaking to the owners, repeatedly, and having to call both the Glenmora Police Department and Rapides Parish Sherriff's Department Subsation in Glenmora, repeatedly, has not brought any relief. I'm a disabled veteran on chemotherapy and being able... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 27, 2021

Call Animal Control.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Q: can't have a dog where i live. The dog has been at my cousin's house for the past 6 months. Can he legally give it away?

Can my cousin legally give my dog away. He pays for the food and has for the past 6 months and I rarely have a chance to visit my dog. He can't take care of it any more and I can't take it with me. I have no one else who will watch it. I don't want to lose my dog tho.

Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer answered on Sep 27, 2021

Its really a question of "who owns the dog" and not "where is the dog allowed. You need to determine who is the actual owner and that owner gets to decide what happens with the animal. Animals are chattel/property in GA.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Who should I report this to if my neighbors pit bull killed my dog on their property?

The pit bulls aren't in cages or on a leash. My dog wandered near my neighbors yard and their 2 pit bulls tore my dog up. Who can I contact for this? What do I do?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 25, 2021

1) Make a criminal complaint with Sheriff's and Animal Control.

2) Put up fence for any dogs you may own in future.

3) Take pictures.

4) File suit with the Justice of the Peace for purchase price for your dog and any vet bills.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: I got a puppy and can't make the payments , I included seller in bankruptcy can he take her back?

I was supposed to pay 2 payments and haven't been able to. I am filling bankruptcy and included the seller. Can he come and get her like he is threatening to do?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 25, 2021

No. Not if you’ve actually filed bankruptcy. Until you file, yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Neighbors dog keeps coming on my property pooping and tearing out our trash it has came at my wife and daughter and dog

What are my rights if this dog continues to come here and do this, we’ve called the warden already and spoke to the neighbor she refuses to tie up dog when it’s let out of her house and is requesting us to call her to clean up the mess and I am not okay with this I don’t want to do with it at... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 23, 2021

I would keep after law enforcement, or if all else fails hire a lawyer. I show the Mansfield Ordinance 505.03 (Link below) lays out criminal charges for failing to control a dangerous dog. The owner could also face civil penalties if the dog does harm someone. Hopefully it never gets to that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: How can I find leash laws for dogs in Kentucky? I live in Kenton county.

Specifically, do dogs need to be on a leash when being walked in the neighborhood or park?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 23, 2021

You’ll need to check the local ordinances regarding animal control in Kenton County.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: What happens if I haven't surrendered a vicious dog within the 24 hrs by court order?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 22, 2021

You can be held in contempt for failing to comply.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I was asked to take care of a dog for a few days. A few months have passes.How long before i claim a dog as my own,
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 21, 2021

You need to file a notice of abandoned property. Contact your local police department to do this, you should give notice to the former owner of the dog. You should contact a local Landlord/Tenant attorney to discuss your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Animal control made me surrender two of my dogs by threatening to seize all four of my dogs and taking me to jail.

They assumed my dog had mange but she didn't. She actually never grew hair back fully because of a medical condition she had been treated for 8 years ago.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 21, 2021

Sorry to hear that you dog was suffering from a medical condition. But you have not posed a question here. Are they tesing your dog for Mange? Or are they just putting her down? Are you trying to get the dog returned? If you have a claim against a governmental agency, you must first file a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: Human society refuses to operate on my dog if I don't spay her as well. is this legal after a visit and bloodwork done?

She has a mammary growth she was seen for and needs it test and removed. Is a clinic allowed to refuse to help you after working w them if I don't do as they say especially one that is supposed to help lower income individual and their pet in need of medical attention?

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Sep 20, 2021

Yes. They can refuse.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: Bit by dog at work, owner never filed report to police. Been 6 days and no vaccination records even. Should I sue?

Bite happened on the job. They didn’t think I needed to go to the hospital so I took myself the next morning for tetanus shot and got antibiotics. Work didn’t even contact the owner for 3 days to discuss attack. Been over 6 days and I have no vaccination records, no doctor bills paid and am... Read more »

Michael Lewis Eisner
Michael Lewis Eisner answered on Sep 20, 2021

You pose a very interesting question. The claims against your employer would be limited to workers' compensation. You can open a claim on the Ohio BWC website. However, the owner, keeper and/or harborer of the dog has strict liability. The only defenses are teasing and tormenting the dog... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I shot a bird out of a window in Oklahoma and got called in and pulled over

What is the punishment

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 20, 2021

You should contact a criminal attorney. There are things you will need to clarify .... out of a window (car, truck, house, etc...) if a vehicle (moving or stationary) ... what kind of bird (protected or not protected) - etc.... Your question is not specific enough for this type of forum and you... Read more »

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