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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on
Q: I was told you can’t stop someone from taking a non service dog into a grocery store. True or false?

I work at a grocery store and people bring their dogs in there. One was barking. I reported it to a supervisor and they told me we can’t do anything unless someone files a complaint. I thought you could ask people to leave if they bring a dog inside that doesn’t qualify as a service dog.

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Jul 27, 2021

Your employer might want to contact an attorney to consult with on this matter. In general, the Michigan Modified Food Code (MMFC) has a pretty broad prohibition of animals in food establishments, but there are exceptions for animals controlled by persons with a disability. The ADA offers some... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My friend left his dog with a co-worker and they took the dog to the shelter instead

the shelter says to return the dog to my friend they have to travel back from the state they moved to and pay the fee for the spaying, vaccinating, flea treatment, and microchipping. Which sounds reasonable if my friend hadn't just moved to a different state and trusted the co-worker to take... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 27, 2021

What is your question?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Mississippi on
Q: If I suspect my neighbor picked up my dog and has kept her - what can I do ? Can I take them to court
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin answered on Jul 25, 2021

Yes, you can take them to court. You can contact law enforcement to file criminal charges and/or file a civil action.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Kentucky on
Q: Can a landlord evict immediately of dog never attacked but charged at another small dog on rental property?

My dog was on a leash and had a collar on and we were taking him to the car to arrive at another destination when my neighbor brought their small dog out which taunts mine. My dog just whined until the woman grabbed her dog and swung it like a rag doll and then mine broke his collar and charged at... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 18, 2021

The answer lies in your lease with the landlord.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: I sold a puppy that cought parvo. New owner dewormed at the same time and he died. Am I responsible

New owner was treating the puppy for Parvo via a vet, next day she dewormed him and 5 hours later he died. Now she wants to sew me for a refund and vet bills. She claims we sold her a sick puppy when parvo didn't show any signs until 12 days after she picked him up and and he died on day 14 in... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jul 18, 2021

It sounds like you have defenses to her claims.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on
Q: What can I expect in court if I fight a dog at large ticket?

My dogs got loose this morning because they broke a hole in the fence and were running around for maybe an hour at max. They chased someone into a porter potty so police were called. Dogs were friendly, just looking to play and the officer acknowledged that. However I got a ticket for dogs at... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 15, 2021

First, you should always read the statute to see what exactly needs to be proved. I'm unsure you'll prevail in court. Offering an explanation isn't really a reason to go to trial, but could have an affect of any fines or costs the judge might order.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: The question is is that I took my dog to a off the leash dog park where she was chasing another dog (nine-month-old She

The question is is that I took my dog to a off the leash dog park where she was chasing another dog (nine-month-old Shepherd) and the shepherd slipped on wet concrete and crashed into a fence where she hurt her leg most likely a sprain of some sort as she was starting to put weight on it when I was... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 15, 2021

Your liability to the owner of the other dog depends on whether the trier of fact (judge or jury) is convinced by a preponderance of evidence that you did something negligent; I would argue that it was not foreseeable on your part, when you took your dog off-leash, that this would happen. And, if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I went to jail and my emotional support animal was lost and ended up at the pound and adopted out.How do I get him back?

The animal shelter was in Ardmore, Oklahoma

Anna L Self
Anna L Self answered on Jul 13, 2021

If he was adopted out I don't think you can get him back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Can animal control give me a ticket for an incident they never showed up to and happened a week ago ?

My dog got out and was excited and jumped on a neighbor so they called animal control but I got my dog back inside and animal control nor police ever showed up. They called me this week and told me I have to go to court

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 7, 2021

Yes. They can file a criminal complaint against you with just a complaint (verbal or written) from the alleged victim. It would be in your best interest to hire an attorney to advocate for you at court. These dangerous dog or potentially dangerous dog charges are serious, carrying with them a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Our dog was spayed , but did not do well post op. She was seen 3 days post op and was diagnosed as a urinary infection.

The dog was given an injection of antibiotics and sent home with owner. She did not do well and was taken to a veterinarian ER. Emergency surgery was done , showing that the original vet had tied off her left ureter. There was intense inflammation, leaking of urine into the peritoneal cavity,... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 6, 2021

more info is needed.

do you have a doctor that would testify to what you said?

i suspect this is the kind of case you would consider taking to small claims where you can sue for up to $10k.

however, getting pain and suffering for an animal is difficult.

maybe in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Ownership of Dog?

I foster (now used to foster) for a 501c3 dog rescue group. A dog was posted that needed a foster and I went and picked up from the ex-owner that was surrendering her. HOWEVER, the surrender form was never signed. The rescue wanted to give it to another foster that I did not believe it was the best... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Jul 6, 2021

On the facts stated, probably the original owner is still the owner. Paying for veterinary care doesn't change the ownership.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: If I sold someone a dog and we agreed on payment every 2 weeks and payments are not being made on time but once down to

If I sold someone a dog and we agreed on payment every 2 weeks and payments are not being made on time but once down to last $350 payment doesn't pay on date agreed upon can I get the dog back

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Jul 6, 2021

It depends on the terms of the agreement, but without a written agreement that gives you a security interest in the dog to secure payment, you can't. Your only remedy would be to sue in the Justice of the Peace court for the unpaid balance.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: I brought a lost dog into the dog warden and I ended up getting bit

And the volunteer that was walking that dog through the lobby part didn’t pay attention and then I filled a accident report out and then the dog warden found owner of the lost dog and gave out my personal information and showed pics of me to the owner are they allowed to do that also am I able to... Read more »

William Lehner
William Lehner answered on Jul 5, 2021

I believe you can sue the owner and maybe the organization who had a negligent volunteer. I don't know of why the warden could not show your picture.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for Maryland on
Q: Can I sue the animal shelter if my dog became really sick after getting out?

My dog went out my door and went missing for a couple of hours. Later animal control got a hold of my dog. I took my dog out a week later since I couldn't pay for the fees at the time. I went to go get my dog this Tuesday and they told me that she hasn't eaten in those days. My dog was 5... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 3, 2021

You have to prove that the shelter had a duty to care for your dog, breached that duty of care in some way, and that breach of care directly resulted in your dog's death. You have articulated no facts to support how or what caused your dog's death. How do you know your dog did not eat... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My ex won't return my dog. She claims I gave him to her. What court do I file a lawsuit in to get my dog back?

I have the purchase receipt in my name only. I also had to get my mother's permission to buy the dog, since I'm living at home and attending college. We're both listed on the veterinarian records Although she filled them out and put her name first. Because of this this registration... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Jul 2, 2021

You would file a replevin action in the county court where the dog is assumed to be located at.

Replevin is a complicated process but you can attempt to represent yourself by using forms created by the state of Colorado. The forms are categorized under "Money Cases" for some...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Arizona on
Q: The person we had TEMPORARILY caring 4 our dog as we searched for a place to live, is trying to keep him. What can I do

Someone had been watching our dog as we looked for a place to live. Among other things, the pandemic prolonged the time it took to do so (4 months). Right before we were to contact the guy to get our dog, he randomly texted and said he killed the dog and threw him in the fire. Devistated, we... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 2, 2021

Unfortunately, it is not as easy as merely requesting a civil standby. I have not filed a case like this personally, but I believe you should be able to file a case in justice court instead of at the superior court level since all you are seeking is possession of the property (dog). The fees will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: My husband gave my dog away, while we were on our honeymoon.

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Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Jul 1, 2021

While giving the dog away was wrong, apparently this person has had the dog since 2009 - 12 years, or most of the dog's life. Get a divorce or don't but I think the time for arguing about who has the dog has long passed.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Need help with a dog that I adopted about 5 weeks ago

I adopted a dog about 5 weeks ago from ACCT Philly. I was told he was 4 years old. I took him to the vet and the vet told me he is a senior dog (at least 8-10 years old). The shelter told his health is remarkable besides some abnormalities in his blood work from malnutrition. This has since been... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 1, 2021

Tell the shelter you want to return the dog, it was grossly different from what you were told was likely to be the case. But I don't see you being able to keep the dog and charge them the bills.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can my landlord kick me out for having a dog if the dog is for work?

I was recently offered a job opportunity to be a K9 handler for airport security. I would be provided with paid training, as well as a trained dog that I would have to have live with me. My landlord has our pet limit to one dog and one cat, which we already have. If I take the job, does the fact... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 1, 2021

First off, service animals have to be certified. Short answer is no. One dog means one dog. Look for a new place or see if someone will take your dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Is it the law to have you dog vaccinated by a license veterinarian?

I went in front of the justice of the peace yesterday I was being sued for a stray dog that was left all day without water, food, or any kind of care, the person who claimed to be the owner has stated multiple times to two different police officers myself my husband and other people that she had no... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 30, 2021

You can file an appeal and a stay in district court.

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