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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on
Q: Dog breeder sold us an akc certified dog with a terminal genetic defect can we take to small claims?

Puppy is only 3 months old, verified by two veterinarians it’s genetic (renal dysplasia) life expectancy is 1 year. The dog breeder is denying it saying it isn’t possible

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Feb 25, 2021

From a practical standpoint, you might try working it out with the breeder. From a legal standpoint you can likley sue in small claims and at least be heard, that is the purpose of small claims, the result of the hearing may or may not be better.

It might be helpful to know.Pets have long...
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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: How do the courts in California determine the monetary value of a dog when its considered personal property?

In 2013 , my friend bought a 6 month old purebred puppy for $2,500. He bought him as a pet, not to be bred. At 7years of age, he was stolen and used to sire a total of 8 purebred puppies. The puppies were then sold for $3,000 each. His dog could have continued to sire more puppies for at least 2... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 24, 2021

An expert in that breed of dog with knowledge of the market price considering the age, gender, and quality would have to testify.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I asked my neighbor twice now to not come into my yard with his dog and he is still doing it. What can I do?

I asked my neighbor twice now to not come into my yard with his dog and he is still doing it. What can I do? I have no trespassing signs posted in my yard and his dog has even peed on those! He will walk his dog all in my yard and let’s him pee on everything even my car and where I grow vegetables.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 23, 2021

Well, you can call the police. I'd first ask him why he's doing this. Repeatedly. AFter all you have him as your neighbor so you have to live with him nearby.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I bury my elderly dog who is 15 years old passed away peacefully in my own backyard

I live in lower macungie where you sitting on Lehigh valley just west of Allentown

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 23, 2021

If you don't make a big deal about it it won't be a problem.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I adopted a dog in 2012, I had personal troubles with drug addiction 2019 . Gave my friend my dog to watch while I went

Into treatment. When I was in recovery house , he moved to another state. Now I want my dog back do I have rights?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 23, 2021

You may, but it will cost you likely more than the cost of getting a new dog and shots.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What to do if your Pet Airline Delivery Service disconnected their phone line and is unresponsive to their emails?

They have THOUSANDS of my own personal savings that they have told me is completely 100% refundable. Not only that, but they have my baby puppy. I’ve been uninformed throughout this whole thing about anything and I just want my puppy and money. This whole thing is making me physically sick.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 23, 2021

Contact your local Animal Rescue League. Contact any national office. Contact your DA and the Consumer protection Division of the AG's Office in Harrisburg.

Send a demand letter to the group. If you call my office I will tell you what to do.

All the best.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: the lady that was watching our dog won’t give him back. text messages show she agreed to watch him & now she blocked us

a friend of ours agreed to watch our dog while we were relocating. unfortunately we had a falling out and now she won’t give us our dog back and has blocked our numbers. he is not chipped or registered but the text messages between us show that she agreed to watch him and prove he is ours.... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Feb 23, 2021

You could try a small claims case to have the court declare ownership of the dog. Gather your evidence and talk to the clerk of the Justice of the Peace court in the precinct where your ex-friend lives.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: I want to get my cat back but the person blocked me number in Facebook. I have their information but I need answer

I had a cat named Harley and I gave it away a couple nights ago but I want my cat back. They blocked me from Facebook and my number. I have their information but I just need to know what can I do to get my cat back I will pay money for someone to get it legally back to me.

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Feb 23, 2021

Gifts are permanent. If you "gave" the cat to someone, you probably can't get it back. Circumstances may or may not support a different answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: my dog who is chipped in my name all vet records are in my name was stolen from ca and taken to Indiana what can I do?

A former friend moved to California from Indiana and I agreed to let her stay with us. She stayed with me for 8 months. There started to be issues in the household and finally it got to the point that she attacked me and to prevent further problems I left the house to go calm down I was gone for... Read more »

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

Report the dog as stolen to the particular police department in Indiana. If that isn't effective, you would need to retain Indiana attorneys to initiate a replevin action, or perhaps that can be done in Indiana Small Claims. Consult with an Indiana attorney for more specific information.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: What can I do about my neighbors dog that been crapping in my lawn for a month?

I moved in my new place a month ago and my neighbors dog craps in my yard every day, I told them to stop before and nothing, so I called the cops and nothing, after it continued for a week after the first call I called again and this officer told me it’s not his problem and I need to go confront... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Feb 21, 2021

There are usually municipal ordinances that cover this type of habitual behavior, which are usually handled by animal control or code enforcement. If you have am HOA they also probably regulate this. But you’ll need proof which means videotaping the act as many times as you can as well as (as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Dog was chipped - Shelter did NOT contact owner before adopting out. How to sue for replevin?

Dog was reported missing to chip company (AVID). All contact info updated. Dog was not located. Fastforward to a year later, AVID contacts owner to say that someone is trying to register the chip in the dog to themselves. Says they adopted from a shelter. This is the 1st contact from AVID that the... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Feb 21, 2021

You should check your state law to see if shelters have immunity from liability as long as they post a dog as found on their website for whatever the statutorily required time frame. In Colorado where I practice public and private shelters are supposed to hold pets a minimum of 3 days if no ID, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law on
Q: Anyone know about the legalities of pet ownership in the U.S.?

Long story short, our neighbors like to do drugs and have neglected and abused this pit. They left him running outside by a main road one day and we took him in. We had him for 3 days until they asked about him. They said we could have him since he 'is always in the way'. 2 days later... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Feb 21, 2021

There is a valid question as to whether they gifted the dog to you when they said you could have it. So this is more a gift/ property issue than a contract issue.

There has to be an unequivocal intention to make a gift on their part and delivery and acceptance on your part. This would be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I legally get my dog back from my dad now that I'm 18?

I lived with my dad and his current wife in Louisiana until I was 16 then I moved in with my mom in California. I'm 18 now and I want to get my dog from him that he kept and wouldn't let me have at the time. Is there any way to do this legally?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 21, 2021

It depends on whether you have any proof of ownership. If not, no you can't get your dog back. Proof of ownership:

1) receipt for purchase,

2) cancelled check for purchase,

3) Vet records,

4) license,

5) AKC documentation,

6) chip...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: i was gifted a dog because the previous owner said she cant give him proper attention but now shes wanting the dog back

he has no chip or shots. do i have to give him back?

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Feb 20, 2021

You have two choices: 1) give the dog back, or 2) don't give the dog back. If you don't, it is unlikely you'll be sued for the dog, because the cost of filing the suit almost certainly exceeds the value of the dog. In the event that there is a suit, the previous owner will have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: How to adopt a dog?

My boyfriend has had his dog for 6 or 7 years and got her through humane society but under his friends name. He no longer has contact with that friend and doesn’t have any papers for the dog. He wants to get papers for her.

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Feb 20, 2021

Unless the dog is a purebred, there aren't actually any "papers," and probably nothing showing ownership.

If he takes the dog to a vet, he can get it chipped, and if he registers his name and contact information to the chip, that's evidence of ownership, and he can get...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Q: My boyfriend just passed away a week ago and we adopted a pitbull and have papers for her and we're only allowed to put

We were only allowed to put her in one person's name and we put her in his name well his legal wife and they've been separate for 10 14 years is trying to get my dog she has going as far as stealing all the dogs papers out of the house cuz she's a special needs dog she is in a... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Feb 19, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Dogs are considered personal property. The decedent’s personal property can only be legally transferred to another person by virtue of either a will or by intestate succession. Either way, the wife has no rights unless she applies to be the personal representative of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Does my landlord have the right to give me 60 day notice due to esa dog visiting me with the owner?
Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Feb 18, 2021

I’m not sure what type of notice you received. If you are doing something in violation of your lease, the normal process is to serve you with a Notice to Cure. That gives you a short time to correct the offending condition. A Notice to Terminate your lease would be inappropriate if this is the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: I was asked to temporarily watch and take care of my now ex boyfriend’s dog. He has no info saying she’s his beside his

Say so and a tag on her collar. I’ve bought everything for this dog besides the tag and collar and leash she has. He wants her back but has no way to afford to provide guaranteed vet care or food and he’s currently said he plans to live in his car with her. And that if he got a job she’d just... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 16, 2021

Get her shots and a license and you have proof of ownership.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Do I have to legally give my friend back his dog while fostering if no legal papers were wrote up ?

I live in Kentucky and my friend wasn’t nice to his puppy & took his anger out on her . For example : I’ve seen him scream at her , shake her , and attempt to choke her ( I stopped him ) .He asked me to foster her until he gets stable which I agreed to . He’s still not Stable , and he... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 16, 2021

Yes. The dog belongs to him. You just said so in your question. If he is mistreating the dog, report him to animal services. If they remove the dog, them you can possibly adopt him.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: My dog got out and was hit and brought into a vet, a rescue shelter paid for him but refuses to talk or let me pay

After I provided evidence that he was mine and even have told them I will pay for him, but they won’t give him back and refuse to talk to me or give me any information, is their anything I can do, I was paying someone who I trusted with my dog to watch him while I was out for 2 days and came back... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Feb 15, 2021

It seems odd that they would not want to receive compensation for the vet bill, since you stated you are willing to pay. The next step would be to draft a letter with supporting documentation enclosed of ownership and offering to pay the vet bill and demanding the return of the dog. If that... Read more »

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