Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: My boyfriend and I are breaking up. He is the one who originally purchased the dog. Am I at risk of losing my companion?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Aug 25, 2016

From your description it sounds as if you are the dog's primary provider. Have you tallied what each of you has paid for her acquisition and care, including time spent, to see where the two of you stand with regard to financial outlays on her behalf? The two of you might benefit from a mediation, which is much less formal than a court proceeding, but can help people solve disagreements. Many counties in Washington have mediation providers who charge very small fees or even none at all. For an...
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Q: Am I libel if my dog digs out of the yard and gets hit by a car in Kentucky, and a rural area.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Kentucky on
Answered on Aug 25, 2016

You would be responsible if it's your dog.
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Q: if my dog gets ran over when he is in my control ( on a leash) is the driver liable for vet bills or only replacement?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Kentucky on
Answered on Aug 25, 2016

Wasn't under such control that he couldn't be run over. Depends on the facts --if other driver cited, certainly approach his company for payment of bills and consider a small claims case.
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Q: my son hit a cow on the road is the owner libel?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Oklahoma on
Answered on Aug 25, 2016

Owner of the cow should be liable. Ask for his insurance information. If son hurt, contact a member of the Ok. Assn for Justice--they give free consultations.
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Q: I was an wondering what I can do about my neneighbors male dog getting my female dog pregnant?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on
Answered on Aug 25, 2016

Get your dog spayed and call animal control about the neighbor's dog getting lose. If it is your dog getting lose, then keep your dog secured while she's in heat.
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Q: My dogs are accused of escaping & biting someone. There's no evidence either way. How do a make a strong defensive case?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on Aug 24, 2016

It depends on who you received the 'ordinance' from? Was this a notice from a court? If so you may wish to contact the State's attorney or other person responsible for the prosecution of the case. You can ask when what information they have in their file to support such allegations.

If this is a 'notice' from a civil matter related to a personal injury claim made by a person who was allegedly bitten by your dog, you may want to contact the plaintiff's (person making the allegation)...
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Q: My ex has my dog which is registered in my name. I live pa bit she lives in virgina how can I get her back

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 23, 2016

In the case of a couple be advised Virginia Courts may assume the dog was joint property, is with spouse by agreement, like other property it's no backsies. If you aren't maried, may be presumed to be a gift. The fact you have donors remorse may not do it for you (understand dogs are viewed as property; like a hammer or a chair).
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Q: [I am xtrmly allergic to pet dander & sick 2 death of ppl bringg their pets into retail stores] wht is GA law regrdg thi

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Consumer Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Answered on Aug 23, 2016

Ga. law as far as I know says that if your business allows it, they can bring their pets in except in food stores. it's up to your manager/owner. You can ask for reasonable accomodation but that only means if they can change your work area. They don't have to exclude people with pets because you are allergic any more than they have to exclude heavy perfume users who cause some people to have asthmatic type reactions. Some malls allow pets--some don't.
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Q: A friend was dog sitting my dog, who bit and injured her dog. Who is responsible for vet bills

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Aug 23, 2016

Generally speaking the owner of an animal is responsible for the damage/harm that the animal causes. Since dog sitting was involved there is a potential issue that the dog sitter showing lack of due care, but this may not be an issue. In short, only a detailed review of the facts can provide a complete determination, but the owner of the dog that caused the injury is likely liable for the damages.
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Q: Could you tell me the meaning of a city code?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 23, 2016

I'd read that as being two dogs per property. Now if you had a large rental property with numerous tenants that wouldn't make sense so I have to believe there may be some ancillary ruling on how it's interpreted. Why not talk to the local dog warden?

But if you mean does every family member get two-I don't see that.
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Q: Can I sue VET for putting down my dog after I verbally told them not too?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death on
Answered on Aug 23, 2016

Vet was following law to the extent that law says that possessor of the animal is owner of the animal. I would note that even if you could sue the vet, in most states the value of an animal killed wrongly is the market value of an animal of that type, age, state of health--which in most cases is very little. So if you had sued you'd maybe get $50.I realize this is perhaps difficult to conceive and I'd suggest you contact an animal rights attorney in your state to be sure.
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Q: Can i get in trouble if my roomate doesnt take care of his dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 22, 2016

You don't own the dog. But maybe you need a different roomate.
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Q: Misdiagnosis from a veternarian that would have been a simple $1700 ended up as a $6800 surgery, can I get compensated

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Connecticut on
Answered on Aug 22, 2016

The problem will be getting someone to take the case, because of damages. You might want to address this directly with the Vet.
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Q: The neighborhood kids keep harassing and teasing my dog. Can I do anything legally about it?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Aug 21, 2016

While civil lawsuits (e.g. enjoining the children harassing your dog) are a possibility, they are expensive and may not work. Have you tried calling the police or animal control? Either way you need to start collecting evidence. Seriously consider installing a video camera and taping the children (a simple system is $100-$300 at Walmart or Amazon). In my experience video cameras tend to stop a lot of problems (if it doesn't, you have irrefutable evidence for the police and/or courts).
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Q: My friends dog tore up my house. She wants him back but does not want to pay to fix it. Can I keep him if she won't pay?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Aug 19, 2016

What you are proposing is using the dog as security for the payment of damages. Colorado allows parties in SOME circumstances to hold a lien on property via possession. There are no clear rules that relate to dogs (also the nature of the agreement would be an issue--i.e. did you do this as a favor or did you charge). Proceed with caution and DO NOT do anything to harm or sell/lose possession of the dog. You may want to contact an attorney.
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Q: We are no longer in the country but Our dog's breeder is trying to repossess our dog. how can I prevent this?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Aug 19, 2016

The breeder cannot repossess the dog unless there is an outstanding debt obligation due on the dog. If there is a debt, pay it in full. If there is no debt, the breeder cannot take the dog, unless you signed a contract giving the breeder a right to the dog in certain situations.
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Q: Had a medical note for dog.Someone new bought the complex I live in and say I cant have him even with note is that legal

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Estate Planning and Medical Malpractice for New Jersey on
Answered on Aug 16, 2016

Contact the humane society. Many states give some protection. Check also with a tenants rights attorney.
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Q: I experienced a prolonged attach by a German Shepherd. What kind of lawyer do I call?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Aug 16, 2016

I am not aware of any lawyer in Colorado who only handles animal law issues (excluding livestock). Any attorney can handle this type of case. An attorney with some animal law experience may be worth considering.
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Q: my dog is in a fenced are the kids next door have been teesing her are we responsible if the get bit while doing this

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Kentucky on
Answered on Aug 16, 2016

Remind the parents, and assume you have a fence high enough dog can't jump over (if you don't, even if dog jumps because aggravated, it's a problem).
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Q: I purchased a puppy that I was told was kid friendly. 2 days later it nipped my child in the face. What can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Contracts and Personal Injury for Tennessee on
Answered on Aug 16, 2016

If they said they would then it's something you can take them to small claims for--ask for costs of keeping the dog or they take dog back.
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