Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers by State

Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: I'm trying to decide if the statute of limitations has expired for my situation. I am suing a veterinarian for a spay

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on May 24, 2016

This is a specific question that is best addressed to an attorney who specializes in animal law (yes they exist). I recommend that you contact any attorney that has greater familiarity with animal law.
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Q: My dog reached over the fence and bit my neighbor. She approached as he was barking and did not stop when

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Missouri on
Answered on May 23, 2016

Not sure what the dog bite law in Missouri is, but many states there is the one free bite rule. California has strict liability. That said, it sounds like the injured person was on her property the whole time, and one general has a right not to be bitten while at home from someone else's dog, regardless of any provocation.
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Q: Does the person who's watching my dog have to contact me because it attacked another person

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Answered on May 23, 2016

Did he have to contact you, no. Should he have, yes. I would suggest you ask him for the receipt for making the payment and information as to who the dog bit so you can contact your insurance to prepare for a lawsuit.
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Q: There was a pit bull on school grounds & they threatened to call the pound. I left school with admistration knowing I

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Answered on May 23, 2016

I would suggest finding a criminal defense attorney to handle this. Anything you say to the police will be used against you.
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Q: Man who adopted a dog from us contacted us months later saying he is aggressive and bit wife and friend They want to sue

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on May 23, 2016

Threatening to sue and actually suing are two different things. It doesn't appear that they have a case. They want the $300 they paid you? That wouldn't be the proper measure of damages even if they did have a case; it would be the medical bills, pain and suffering, etc. It doesn't appear that they have significant damages.
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Q: Dog got stolen and recovered one wanted to know to file criminal charges

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on May 23, 2016

Contact a law enforcement officer.
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Q: I'm looking to adopt a dog but they have to hold the dog to make sure the owner doesn't want it. How long will this take

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on May 11, 2016

Didn't "they" say?
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Q: My neighbor and I rent from the same person. her dog got out, bite my dog and I got injured in the process. Who's liable

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Answered on May 10, 2016

You need to speak with a lawyer and develop more facts. Had your neighbor's dog ever gotten out before? Did your neighbor's dog ever attack people or other dogs before? Was your neighbor careless in confining her dog so that it got out? Simply put, there is not enough information here to answer your question.
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Q: Can my husband who no longer lives with me threaten to get rid of my pets? His name is on the deed.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Divorce for Florida on
Answered on May 9, 2016

He can threaten all he wants. It would be a good idea for you to go get the pets before he follows through with his threat.
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Q: Are there dangerous dog ordinances in Alabama? Specifically Glencoe City? Do all cities abide by state ordinances?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for Georgia on
Answered on May 8, 2016

Most cities and counties have the local ordinances online. A good resource / website is municode.com Laws vary from State to State and even City to City. You can also visit the local animal control website or contact animal control to find out more information. Good luck.
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Q: Is it illegal to bury your deceased dog/cat on your property?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016

If you own the property, probably not. However, it would be prudent to check the ordinances for your particular town.
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Q: I picked up a dog for free from a girl on FB but now I'm wondering if he was stolen. How do I know if he's stolen?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Answered on May 6, 2016

The vet should be able to tell if the dog has been chipped. That would have the owner's info.
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Q: What do I do when the person who hit my dog with their car, is refusing to help pay for medical expenses?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Colorado on
Answered on May 5, 2016

If they refuse to pay the only option is small claims court.
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Q: Dog jumps our fence and we have small children. Guy thinks it's not a big deal. They are pit bulls. I already got bit.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on May 4, 2016

You can contact the local animal control office. Another option may be to file a nuisance action against the neighbor if the dogs are an ongoing dangerous risk to children in the neighborhood. An action or claim can be pursued for the dog bite you sustain. The case or claim will depend on the fact, circumstances, extent of the injuries, and the liability insurance in place covering dog bites (if any). Good luck.
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Q: family member refusend to give pets to me, filled report with police. She sold them & left state. Can I get them back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Answered on May 1, 2016

If the stolen goods are in Canada, then you must seek advise in Canada. You could see if a court here will do anything based on what you tell them but I think you will end up trying to get them back in a Canadian Court.
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Q: Can I rehome a cat Im fostering or no?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Apr 28, 2016

The mother is likely insufficient. You need approval from the owner or you can petition for abandonment (not recommended).
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Q: My Freind was pet by doge how he can sue the owner of the doge

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Answered on Apr 28, 2016

I assume that this is a dog bite inquiry. The pursuit of a dog bite case will depend on a number of factors including but limited to the availability of liability insurance, the facts and circumstances of the dog bite incident, the extent of the injuries, and other factors. Before a lawsuit is filed, more information should be obtained.
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Q: Can I stop my ex who I still live with right now from bringing a dog into this house?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Divorce for New Jersey on
Answered on Apr 25, 2016

Since you are both equal owners of the house, there is probably no way to prevent it. Good luck.
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Q: I hired a sitter on Rover to take care of my 2 dogs while i was away. She lost one. Another one was bitten by her dogs.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Florida on
Answered on Apr 24, 2016

The statute of limitations for most negligence cases in the State of Florida is 4 years. There are some exceptions to this general law. Typically, damages for the loss or injury to a dog are limited to the replacement value of the dog and not the emotional value of the dog unless there was reckless conduct involved. Sorry about the loss of one pet and the injury to the other. Good luck.
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Q: While in my yard, my dog jumped against the brick wall, his head got over, and bit someone. What's my liability?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Mexico on
Answered on Apr 24, 2016

It appears that New Mexico does not have a dog bite statute in place for strict liability. The dog bite victim will need to show a prior dog bite OR negligence on the part of the dog owner. The victim could argue that you knew or should have known of the dog's aggressiveness and dangerous propensities. Ultimately, it appears that the case will depend on the the facts and the assessment by the Judge or Jury as to negligence (if any) on your part. Many attorneys ultimately shy away from cases...
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