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Q: My sister was in a drug recovery center when the manager pit bull bit her in the face causing major damage. What should

What should she start off asking for damages. Her eye and lip was really damaged

J. Brent Burney
J. Brent Burney answered on Apr 25, 2019

Dog attack and dog bite cases can be difficult cases primarily due to insurance coverage issues. The first thing your sister should do is to put the dog owner and drug recovery center an official notice of her claim for damages. To fully protect her rights she should consult a personal injury... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: Have dog 5 years. Family agreed to watch our dog until we got back on our feet-6 months, he chipped him & won't return

We moved in with an uncle when he asked us to help him take care of his dying partner (bone cancer) shortly after his passing he kicked us out and said he would keep our dog until we were in a good place. We found out he had him chipped and now he will not give him back to us. We've had our dog... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jul 8, 2018

A dog is property. You can sue him. You are going to have to show that he agreed to keep the dog temporarily and that you didn't give the dog to him. GOod luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for Alabama on
Q: My dog got ran over.Lady came back an hour later wanting reimbursement for car damage.Cant find my dog.What can I do?

The lady lives at the end of my road. Every time she comes by she is speeding way over the 25mh speed limit. I still haven't found my dog to know if hes hurt or dead. This lady came back am hour after running my dog over wanting money. I think if my dog is hurt or dead she should pay me for vet... Read more »

Jeremy Cohen
Jeremy Cohen answered on Feb 5, 2018

Hello,

Helpful information can be found on the county website, division of animal control. The website states: Animals are not permitted to run at large in Marshall County pursuant to state law. (Code of Alabama, Section 3-1-5).

They also may be able to assist you in locating your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: Do we have claim to our cat, even though her adoption papers are in the name of our roommate?

My friend and I, along with our roommate, adopted a cat. The adoption papers are in the roommate's name, but we equally split the cost of the adoption fee, vet bills, and our apartment pet fee. Our roommate is now moving out and says she is going to take the cat. Can she legally do this? Or can we... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Nov 15, 2017

The cat is property. Cats are not actually "adopted" under Alabama law. The documents which transferred ownership of the cat probably show that she owns the cat. UNless you can show that you own the cat, you are probably out of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: A Ferrell tom cat got into my garage and killed one of my own cats.

I have a have-a-heart trap that I could try to catch him with. If successful can I release it anywhere away from my neighborhood or in some wooded area?

Samuel G McKerall
Samuel G McKerall answered on Apr 24, 2017

Interesting question. I know of no reason why you couldn't do that, except that your use of the word "anywhere" is a concern. It would not be wise to do it just anywhere. For example, releasing it in a residential area or near a school would be a bad idea. The best location would probably be a... Read more »

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Q: My dog and another dog were in a fight a couple of weeks ago, I was bitten by the other dog. Is she liable?

Can I still report it?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 2, 2017

Depends on how it happened, but usually no unless the other dog came on to your property, was let run free etc. Contact a member of the Ala. Assn for Justice--they give free consultations.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Q: My neighbors pit bull chased me and bit my leg while I was walking my dog on her leash down a public street. Can I sue?

Around 9:45 pm on Jan 21,2017, I was walking my dog on her leash down a public side street in my town when a large black or blue blur came running up to me and my dog. I pulled my dog close to me and started to jog away from the dog. The dog then ran around us barking so I turned around to walk... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 23, 2017

Call the local dog warden or whoever enforces leash laws; they'll get a rabies record. Contact a member of the Alabama Assn for Justice--they give free consultations.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Q: My sister's dog, who we have kept for 3 wks. bit fedx man. Took him to hospital, he needs surgery. What should we do?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 19, 2017

Notify your homeowners insurance. If you don't have homeowners then you'd want to consult an attorney, but I would suggest you start with a bankrupcy attorney not that you need to file now but you need to know your options. In the meantime I would avoid talking to anyone from the Fedex side at... Read more »

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Q: How long can a stray dog stay on your property before you can find a home for it?

Found ad posted but no one ever came looking for it.

Brian Lehman
Brian Lehman answered on Jan 17, 2017

I think your best resource on answer any questions you have will be a local humane society for animals such as this one: http://gbhs.org/about-us/frequently-asked-questions/

This article provided some good information too:...
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Q: Can I sue my neighbor for bullying me into getting rid of my dog.when i did the dog tried to come home and got hit.

The were basically complaining that my dog was watching them over the fence.She told me her dog would kill my dog if she jumped over the fence. My dog never jumped over the fence. They sent harassing text messages and even came over to do nothing but complain after I haven't talked to them in the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 13, 2016

No. No pain and suffering for loss of pet in most states if not all. But consult a member of the Alabama Assn for justice--they give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Q: I was bit by a pit bull on my leg on Feb. 25 and have no information on anything besides owner has court march 1st at 8.

What procedures do I need to take to start my lawsuit.

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Mar 1, 2016

Find a local attorney who handles dog bites and then let them handle everything. Insurance companies do not feel threatened by individuals suing them, as they have a roster of attorneys on call.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: Does my mom have leg to stand on when it comes to a civil suit between her and another man over her dog?

About a year ago, my mom had to let someone foster her dog due to my father becoming fatally ill. When she had the means and time to take her back, he refused to let her. She has even offered to pay him vet bills (if he's taken her) as well as a paying for her all over again. She has receipts from... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Feb 8, 2016

You could certainly go to court over this and say that the dog (which is property in the eyes of the law) was and remains your mother's property. If the other person's defense is simply that she now wants to the dog, then the other person will loose. COntact a lawyer and get all the facts to him or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: What can I do if my neighbor does not keep her dog leashed and continues to allow it to potty in my yard?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 22, 2015

Call animal control and have the dog picked up, the neighbor ticketed, or both.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: If Someone let my dogs out of my house when i wasnt home and one of my dogs got hit can i sue that person ?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 13, 2015

Was this someone a member of your household, or a stranger. Did you tell the person to let the dogs out?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: Is it legal to kill a dog with high powered air pellet rifle.

Dog was on killers prperty he shot the dog and he died. Humane Society said it was legal to shoot the dog

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 25, 2015

It may be legal if self defense, but not just because the dog is on the property. Imagine how crazy that would be. Call the police.

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Q: Am I legally responsible

my daughter left hers dogs in my backyard, with out my permission, The police claim the dogs bit someone

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 21, 2015

Not enough information to answer. Talk to a local animal law or injury lawyer. If a claim is made against you, your homeowner's (or renter's) liability insurance may cover it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: Am I legally respinsible

My daughter left her dogs in my backyard with out my knowledge nor permission. The police killed one of the dogs, and took the other one. I was arrested for this.

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 21, 2015

Not enough information to answer. Talk to a local criminal defense lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: A "friend" agreed to take care of our dog a couple weeks and refuses to let me get her back

We agreed that he would take care of her a couple weeks and then I would come get her. My best friend, our 3 kids, and myself dropped him and our dog off. He reassured me that he would take good care of her and I ensured him we would stay in touch to check on her. I did call and we texted on... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 18, 2015

If it's your dog, you can see if you can (peacefully!) take him back, or you can sue.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: Can I have a fox as a pet in the state of Alabama?

I have read about having an exotic pet in the state of Alabama but what I'm confused about is that it specified breeds from outside of the state lines. Does that mean if I get a breed of fox that is native to Alabama it is legal to own as a pet?

William E. Scully Jr.
William E. Scully Jr. answered on Dec 5, 2014

It sounds like a bad idea to me. The Alabama Administrative Code contains regulations promulgated by various Alabama State entities. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has promulgated 220-2-.26 which, among other things prohibits the possession of foxes brought in from... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama on
Q: How can I get my pet back from someone who said they found it?
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Sep 27, 2014

If you can prove the pet is yours, and this is not a situation where you and another person lived together or something of that sort, the pet is your property. You own the pet against the "finder". You would file a suit for recovery of your property in District COurt. You need witnesses, vet... Read more »

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