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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: Can i get in trouble for giving my friend another friends dog when he adked me to care for it till he got back from army
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 2, 2020

First, you cannot legally "give away" something you do not own, so whatever friend has received the dog does not have a legal right of ownership over the dog. The owner has every right to retrieve his dog. Alternatively, he could sue you for the fair market value of the dog, whatever... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Ex purchased the dog, but I am the owner. Can he take the dog away from me or get shared custody?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 1, 2020

It usually depends on whose name is on the purchase/adoption contract. If you both appear, you might have a claim to the dog. If you don't both appear, then you likely have no claim. Most courts don't recognize shared custody. But if you had an agreement to share the dog after the breakup... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arkansas on
Q: I live in arkansas and purchased a dog from a breeder in Missouri. I paid $1200. I was told that he had a slight heart

murmur 3 weeks before I picked him up but on the day I got there to pick him up I was told the heart murmur was gone. When I got back to arkansas I took the pup to vet for a wellness check only to discover he still has a murmur. I texted the breeder but no response. Am I entitled to my money back ?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 1, 2020

It depends on what your breeder purchase contract says about health defects. Generally, heart murmurs in young dogs or certain types of dogs are normal, and just need to be monitored. Sometimes they even go away in young dogs. Either way, keep your dog healthy with regular vet checkups and take a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My ex paid for the dog and some vet bills. I am the legal owner on paper and dog lives with me. Can he take the dog?

N/A

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 1, 2020

Most likely, no, he can not take the dog away from you. Dogs are property, not children, so he has no right to the dog, even if he paid bills, etc. If you're the owner listed on the adoption/purchase paperwork, and not him (jointly or individually), then he would not win against you in court.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: Getting a dog back

So my mother sold our family dog who is a yorki mixed poddle. We gave her to a couple who has 2 other dogs and wanted our dog Chloe. Of course we gave them Chloe. We checked up on them to see if chloe has adjusted to the new environment. They told my mother that she kept throwing up. So I told my... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jul 1, 2020

If you transferred ownership without any conditions you do not have the legal right to demand her to be returned.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: My dog was on her leash/rope my dog scratched a child that came in her area. Am I at fault?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 30, 2020

Unfortunately yes. Pet owners are absolutely liable for the injuries caused by their pets.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: We got a dog from the shelter 3days ago got loose.I posted on Facebook we got him back.

Someone called saying it’s his dog. The son of the guy called said not to give it back to the father to keep him or give it to the son because he would take him. Not sure what to do. I still haven’t said we found him because of all of this. But they didn’t get him from the shelter from one... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 30, 2020

Keep your dog. You adopted it from a shelter, it's your dog now. If they continue to harass you, you can call the police on them.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: 2 years ago we were given a dog that was taken in as a stray prior. Could she be taken away by previous owner if chipped

2 years ago, my family was given a dog by a man who had taken her in. When he took her in, she was a stray, and he tried to find her family but never heard back from them. He couldn't care for her anymore, so we took her in and she's since very much become our dog. She was very obviously... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 30, 2020

You should be fine. Vets won't scan microchips unless you ask and they're not usually concerned with ferreting out that kind of thing.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Are dogs owned by a breeding facility considered a companion animal by law?

If yes, would all legislation protecting companion animals be applicable to breeders? Are high volume breeders/puppy mills to be held accountable for animals cruelty?

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 30, 2020

That's a complicated question that involves several different areas of law. If you have a specific concern, go ahead and give me a call. The short answer, is yes, usually.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: If I gave dog away because of a mental breakdown and I got help now I want it back can I legally take back
Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 30, 2020

That depends on how you surrendered your dog, to whom you surrendered your dog, and whether he/she belongs to someone else now.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: My neighbor has 2 large dogs and they growl and bark when I am outside on my back patio. Their fence is not tall enough

The fence is not sturdy either. I am afraid to be in my back yard or patio. Can they be told they need a taller and better fence?

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 30, 2020

Nope. If they're on their property, they're well within the law. You can always chat with your neighbor and explain your concerns, or build your own fence.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Massachusetts on
Q: If somebody gives me a dog as a gift how do I get it registered under my name

Someone gave them the dogs and then they gave me the dog how would I get the dog into my Name

Joanne Belasco
Joanne Belasco answered on Jun 29, 2020

I can't answer your situation specifically because you aren't my client. Generally speaking, there are various ways to prove dog ownership, such as being the owner on a microchip ID, being listed as an owner at the vet, registering the dog with the city or town to get a dog license, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My sister was given a dog to foster in 2016, the owners later gave the dog to us. My sister moved out.

- my sister moved out and left the dog to me. I then moved out due to family problems. And they dog is still there. I come by regularly and see the dog. I want to take her back from my Grandmother and I feel like there might be some issues. What could I possibly do about this situation? The place... Read more »

Joanne Belasco
Joanne Belasco answered on Jun 29, 2020

I can't give you legal advice on your exact situation because you aren't my client. Generally speaking, a dog is considered property in Massachusetts. That means someone has to show they own the dog in order to take that dog away from someone else. In dog cases, it's usually easier... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: What type of signage do I need to have in my property to protect me and my dog?

I moved to a 1.25 acre home and want to know what type of signs I need in case someone enters my property and my dog(s) are loose.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 29, 2020

How about "Beware of the dogs."?

Hopefully you also have insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Can I be sued if my dog gets the neighbors dog pregnant?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 29, 2020

Perhaps.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: put two deposits down on pups but the lady sold them after i gave her the deposite? she lives in NY i live in VT ?

so i put to puppies on hold with a deposit of 150 on each puppy so i only needed to pay them 300for the remaining of what they wanted . i picked one out on the 13th and one out on the 14th. 2wks latter i get a phone text that her sisters dog attacked one of my puppiues and needed to be put to... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jun 29, 2020

The police in either state will consider this a consumer/civil matter not criminal. If you paid by credit card, call credit card company to dispute charge. You can make a complaint with Better Business Bureau, Attorney General’s office and Department of Consumer Affairs. If all else fails you can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Can my roommate shoot my dog for chasing their house cats? (They claim an officer told them "yes").

I have two small dogs. Ocassionally, if a cat takes off running thru the house, my smallest dog will chase. He stops immediately when I say "no". When cat isn't running, he licks instead of chasing. They have a large breed dog who chases their cats constantly. So, it isn't an... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 27, 2020

If only Republicans and Democrats could get along as well as dogs and cats, we could be happier. No, your roommate cannot legally "shoot" your dog for chasing your cat because discharging a firearm is a crime. I doubt that any "officer" told him it was OK. Of course, people... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: worked on a ranch raised a puppy when I left they said I could take her when trying to get chip info changed they say

They said she was my dog and let me take her when I called her vet to find out about shots I asked about getting chip information changed they called me old boss and refused to let them change it

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 26, 2020

This is really not a legal question. The dog was a gift and now the donor will not assist you in getting the chip information changed. Perhaps you should take the dog back to them and tell them it is theirs and they can pay for it now, give them a bill for all the food and care expenses. Have a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: If I put a non-refundable deposit on a puppy and have a receipt and do not receive the puppy, what can i do?

I put a non-refundable deposit on a puppy for $200, the breeder gave me a receipt, the time to pickup the dog has come and the breeder won’t respond to my texts or calls, what can I do?

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jun 26, 2020

If you have made several attempts to contact the breeder without a response you can certainly call the Better Business Bureau or the Department of Consumer Affairs. If the $200 was on a credit card, you can dispute the charge with credit card company.

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