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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: If a person gave a dog away, but is still paying for the dog . do I have to give her money if she asks?

I was given a dog and now the previous owner wants me to take over payments. I was told nothing about money when I was given the dog.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 23, 2020

In general, no: unless you agreed to take over the payments, or unless the previous owner has a lien on the dog (unlikely), you don't have to pay.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Kentucky on
Q: My dog and another dog into a fight on the street and the owner got bit trying to get them apart. Can my dog get taken?

I lost grip of my dogs collar and my neighbor was walking her dog in the street with no leash. She was bitten by one of them trying to get them apart. Not she’s trying to get my dog taken by animal control.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 23, 2020

Sounds like you're both equally at fault. Very doubtful that your dog gets taken, especially if you witnessed it and it was her dog that actually bit her.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: My parents are getting a divorce. How can I legally take the dog with me without trouble?

My parents are going through a nasty divorce and I want to move out of the house. I currently live with my mom. How can I take the dog with me, legally so she cannot say no? I believe that he is registered to me but what if he's not? My parents got him for me as a gift.

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jan 23, 2020

It sounds like you are the owner. See if you have records showing you as the registered owner. Vet bills, NYC license papers, bill of Sale etc. However, even without those documents, if it was a gift to you, it is yours. If you can get your parents to acknowledge it in writing you can avoid trouble... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My dog has been deemed dangerous by Colorado and the courts want him put down. Can I take him and move to Texas?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 23, 2020

Technically, no. You could be found in contempt of court for moving him, which is a separate criminal charge on you. I am not exactly clear on what you mean by "deemed dangerous" and whether or not this a finding after a trial by a judge or a jury, so more information is needed to fully answer this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Ex boyfriend stole my therapy dog and then licenced him under his name. How can I get my therapy dog back?

Broke up in early November. Lived together as roommates until late December (due to a lease) when he stole my dog. Has refused to let me see him.

I called the police, they said that the dog was licenced to him now. Isn't he in possession of stolen property?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 23, 2020

ANSWER: You can sue in Small Claims Court for return of the dog.

Plaintiff’s Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court; Form SC-100 (Lawsuit for monetary damages)

Request for Court Order and Answer; Form SC-105 (Request for Return of Property, filed with SC-100)

Order on...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: my ex kept the cat I adopted. Am I responsible for her bills?

I adopted a cat in California in 2016. I moved to Oregon in 2018. My ex and I agreed that he would keep the cat but no transfer of ownership was made. Because my ex is shady and has tried to push his bills on me -even stole money from my account- am I legally responsible for the cat if he doesn’t... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 23, 2020

It's his cat. You abandoned ownership or gave it to him. It is no longer yours. There is no formal "transfer of ownership" for a cat. If the cat was licensed and or chipped, you might consider contacting that entity and informing it of the new ownership.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: Someone gave their dog away do I have to give back if they want it?

I drove to pick a dog being given away due to not be able to take care of it anymore. Now being threathen wanting her back. Then calling me late night then writing apologies they were stress because of the family issues which has nothing to do with the dog or me and said can we be family. Now... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jan 21, 2020

If someone voluntarily gave their dog to you, they are not legally entitled to the dog back. That may not stop them from trying.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Massachusetts on
Q: A friend of mine stole my service dog what can I do to get him back?

I live in Auburn Massachusetts if that helps in any way

Joanne Belasco
Joanne Belasco answered on Jan 19, 2020

I can't speak to your specific issue unless you are a client. Generally speaking, under Massachusetts law, a dog is considered property. Several options exist when someone takes property. One option is to file a police report. If the police will not handle the matter, then you may need to consult... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My boyfriends sister abandoned her dog for a year and me and him want to take it

My boyfriends sister abandoned her dog for a year and we began taking care of her and buying her leash and tag. We were given her microchip forms by the sister and now she is saying she wants the dog back. She said she has the forms such as shots and adoption, but the dog has been out of her care... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 19, 2020

It's unclear if she demonstrated an intent to no longer own the dog, or just left it with relative with the unspoken assumption that they would take care of it until she returned.

If she disputes ownership, you can't be "sure" that you can keep the pup until you are sued in Small Claims by...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: Adopted a dog out to an out of state customer. Wrong dog was sent, now they won't exchange. Dog was already adopted.

They received the wrong dog, now they won't exchange for the correct dog. Other customer had already adopted that dog and would like the one they adopted.

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jan 19, 2020

A properly drafted purchase agreement should deal with this possibility. If not, it is up to you to provide a reasonable replacement or refund their money.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on
Q: Hey if my dog bit a girl and the family is making us pay for the bill can we take them to court since they are not

They are not unsung their insurance can we take them to court and make them use their insurance since it will be cheaper

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 17, 2020

If your dog bit their child then you are responsible and they do not have to use their own insurance, in fact most of the time their insurance may refuse to pay. What would likely happen is they will make a claim on your homeowner's insurance which should cover the claim unless you have the type... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Massachusetts on
Q: If someone sells their dog to someone who is taking great care of him can the seller legally take the dog back?

During the 2.5 months that I have had this dog I have taken him to the vet to be brought up to date on his vaccinations and to be be neutered. He had never been to the vet with the person who sold him.

Joanne Belasco
Joanne Belasco answered on Jan 17, 2020

Under Massachusetts law, a dog is considered property. So, as awful as it sounds, think of the sale as you would the sale of something like a car or a boat. Generally speaking, a seller cannot take back property once it is sold. I say generally because each case turns on the facts. If there was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can a Landlords be held for damages for their tenants dogs?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 15, 2020

Maybe yes, maybe no. Need a lot more details.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I rehomed my dog, however they new owners didn’t pay the full fee and are reluctant on giving her back, what can I do?

They avoided me for a couple of days and stated that I had originally stated a different price verbally but I have the message stating otherwise. What can I do?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 15, 2020

You can sue for breach of contract and recover the unpaid funds, or try for an Order to return the dog after you have refunded what they have paid.

Plaintiff’s Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court; Form SC-100 (Lawsuit for monetary damages)

Request for Court Order and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: what happens if u leave Vet without paying the bills? They do not have my pet.

Hello

I went to Vet and they quoted me 150 dollar but the bill ended up being 425 dollars with food and medicines, so i did not take food and medicines and i left vet without paying bills.

What is the law against this?

They have my name and address.

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jan 14, 2020

I am sure they will send you a bill in the mail. If you don't pay it they will most likely take further collection efforts. Further efforts after that may include hiring a collection agency, reporting it to the credit bureaus and possibly suing you to get a money judgment.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: I shot my neighbor’s dog in my yard as it was charging me after it had bitten my 15 yo daughter twice earlier as she was

Walking home from bus stop. Am I liable for vet bills and anguish for owner?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 14, 2020

Yes. Mace and 911 would have worked without creating liability.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Can my friend take her dog, legally?

My friend is moving out of her negligent parents' house. She's almost 20. She's paid for everything with the dog, paid the adoption fees, paid for vet costs, etc. She's wanting to re register the dog's microchip information to herself, (it's presently in her father's name) and take the dog with her... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 13, 2020

If she paid for it, she has a strong argument the dog is hers. As for the microchip, it's usually company policy that they won't change the name of the person on the microchip without consent from the primary account holder, which, it sounds like, is her dad. She can take the dog with her since she... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: What am i requesting the court to do?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 13, 2020

Without any information about your situation, or anything, it is impossible for anyone to answer this question.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: A lady in town went to jail and her dog went to the pound. She knew where the dog was and no one claimed it.

I adopted it. Now a year later she wants the dog back. This is in Texas. She said her lawyer is going to sue to get the dog back. Because the charges against her are being dismissed.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 13, 2020

After so many days at the pound, the dog is considered surrendered. Even if adopted out an owner has a right to re-claim the proeprty but it must be done so within a certain time frame, this is typically 30 days. I do not think a year is reasonable; however, I do not know all the particular... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: can i legally bill animal control for my time ?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 12, 2020

No.

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