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Q: If someone that is temporarily staying on your property brought a dog without your permission can you have it removed
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 8, 2020

You can have the person removed, and, ergo, the dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Q: Never taken my dog to the vet. Has puppy shots frm previous owner. Will i get in trouble If I take him to the vet now?

I have no proof of the puppy shots, dog has never gotten sick, but now is having some trouble with ears.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 6, 2020

Most likely, no. Although, you didn't say how old the dog is, now. Most states and municipalities require dogs to have a rabies vaccine every year (if you get the yearly vaccine), so that could land you in trouble IF the vet reports it, but that's unlikely. They will probably just be glad... Read more »

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Q: Is it legal to trap a cottontail rabbit in my yard
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 5, 2020

No

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Q: My roommate has always neglected “forgets” to take care of her dog, can I rehome him?

I’ve filed reports with Maricopa county about it, and the humane society, nobody has ever gotten back to me and I feel bad for him.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 3, 2020

No, you can't rehome a dog that you do not own. You could offer to buy the dog from your roommate so that it is YOUR dog - if you want to keep the dog. If you're concerned about actual neglect (like, the dog is starving or without water) you could call animal control and see if they will... Read more »

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Q: What chance win court against my ex over doggy who he is abusing and didn’t invest penny in dog ?

My BF adoped dog on his name.But I paid all medical bills and supplies for dog for last 5 month and spend over 4000$.Now we broke up and he said he will give dog somebody else cause he don’t need it.But love this dog and I’m bagging him give it for me , but he just being nasty.Is I will go to... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 3, 2020

Usually it’s all about who signed the purchase agreement. But if you Can provide proof that the boyfriend is just doing this to keep the dog from you and you can get your friends to testify to it, plus all your financial documents, you might have a chance. You could also try to offer him money to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: 6. No resident may pet sit for another’s pet. 7. No visiting/temporary pets are permitted How do I fight this?
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 3, 2019

Unless there is some controlling Arizona law overriding this landlord policy you are wasting your time trying to "fight this."

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Arizona on
Q: Vet wanted payment/proof/collateral before starting emergency treatment on my 2, possibly poisoned dogs. Is this legal?

Was late Friday afternoon when this was occurring. Examples given and if we had them, were: take guns to pawn shop . Title loan on car jewelry tools artwork. Something showing value. My husband was to get his paycheck around 7 pm they were to close at 530.. We had no cash avail. They made dogs... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 20, 2018

Tacky but not illegal. There is no obligation on a vet to render aid.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Q: My Service dog's foster mother took my dog out of my house and put her in her car without my permission.

She denies the whole thing but I have 4 whiteness. She was helping us clean and thought it was unsafe for the dogs to live in. The police where there the night before on a medical emergency and did not say anything or take any actions about the condition of our hours. The foster mom was also... Read more »

Zachary Divelbiss
Zachary Divelbiss answered on Jun 13, 2018

This is a very unfortunate situation. I recommend contacting the police to file a police report if you want to pursue criminal charges against the ex. If you are looking to sue the ex directly for stolen property then you will need to contact a civil litigation attorney who can help you out.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: My friend gave me her dog several months ago. She was watching it for me while on vacation, and her ex stole the dog.

He stole the dog from her backyard, but gave the dog back before I was able to press charges. Am I still able to press charges, even though he returned the animal?

Zachary Divelbiss
Zachary Divelbiss answered on Jun 13, 2018

This is a very unfortunate situation and even more unfortunate, it happens frequently. I recommend contacting the police to file a police report if you want to pursue criminal charges against the ex. If you are looking to sue the ex directly then you will need to contact a civil litigation attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Arizona on
Q: My Son got bit in the face by a dog in CA. We live in AZ. Where should I look for an Attorfor? in AZ or CA?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 22, 2018

California. Contact a member of CAOC in the county where it happened. They give free consults.

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Q: my dog was taken 3 years ago we found him but people wont give him back what can i do legally

a lady picked my dog up when he got out said she had a client take him to the pound. we have been searching for 3yrs. found him with the same lady that said she gave him to client and she wont give him back what can i do legally

Mr Frankie Adamo Esq
Mr Frankie Adamo Esq answered on Apr 24, 2018

Before we begin, how do you know that the "lady" did not bring the dog to the pound and, after a period of time has past, simply adopted the dog? Sadly, animals that are in the pound too long without being adopted are subject to euthanized. Often, the person bringing the dog to the pound... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Q: My housekeeper picked up my small dog, dropped her and broke her leg. I'm now up to &10k in med expenses. Can I sue her?

The housekeeper had decided to pick up my 5 lb puppy because she's cute. She then subsequently dropped my puppy on the floor. She suffered a massive broken bone that has now required 2 surgeries approximating in$10k of bills.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 7, 2017

Well, you know how much your housekeeper makes. If you get a judgment can she pay it? If not then you just spent time, likely money, to get a piece of paper.

You would also have to show she's careless. If she can say she picked him up as she has done before, no problem, but the little...
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Q: My mom stole my puppies while I was on vacation and she admitted it to me over text message what can I do
Matthew Maerowitz
Matthew Maerowitz answered on Jul 12, 2016

I'm assuming you are over 18. Regardless, you should really try to work this out with your mother. She might have been genuinely concerned about the puppies. Who was responsible for taking care of them while you were on vacation? Is she harming the dogs? If the dogs are in danger you can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Q: What can I do if my dogs run out and get in to a Neighbors property and they get shot and killed.

Neighbors said my dogs were attacking they're livestock but I dont think that's the case because my dogs never attcked my animals.

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Feb 4, 2016

You can report it to the authorities and/or file a lawsuit.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to...
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Q: My ex boyfriend from over 4 years ago is just now trying to take me to court over my dog. What could happen.

My ex boyfriend is trying to take me to court for my dog. We have not been together for over 4 years. My dog has been with me every single one of those years. I take care of her fulltime. I am the one that feeds her, and takes her to the vet for the last four years. He was not involved what so... Read more »

Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on Jan 25, 2016

Consult with an attorney. In these cases, it's likely a cease and desist letter from an attorney can avoid any escalation.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Q: If my dog is staying with family and they decided they don't like her and want to get rid of her what do I do?

My dad and his girlfriend want to get rid of my dog because I work and don't live with them and she's too hyper for them. But this dog is mine, what do I do?

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Dec 28, 2015

If the dog is yours, get it back (without disturbing the peace). If they won't give it back, you can file a lawsuit.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may...
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Q: If you give your dog up for adoption then it bites someone, can they sue you knowing that it's bitten in the past
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Dec 19, 2015

Anyone can sue, doesn't mean it's a good case.More info is needed to analyze your particular situation. Let your insurance handle it.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Communications Law, Education Law, Family Law and Public Benefits for Arizona on
Q: My dog was dognapped three years ago and she is missing again the people that took her put up new flyers. Can I sue?

I have her daughter her for DNA testing I have the old flyers pictures and Facebook posts. When she first went missing we kept putting flyers up and someone kept taking them down. Now her face is on all of these flyers three years later and she still looks exactly the same. Is that legally still... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Dec 19, 2015

If your dog was stolen, the passage of time doesn't change the fact it's your dog. There are deadlines for filing lawsuits, but sometimes exceptions apply.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Q: When/how is a dog considered your own? Does it have to be licensed before you can claim it at your own dog?
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Dec 19, 2015

Depends on how you acquire it and other factors.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Q: Am I still able to get mine and my husband's dog back?

My dad had gotten a house with his ex-girlfriend and kids and wanted to have my dog there as a watch dog for a little while, however now they are broken up and she has my husband and I's dog. It has been about a year she's had him now and have been having trouble getting him back. He is... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Nov 8, 2015

If it's your dog and your didn't give or sell him, you should be able to get him back or sue for the value. But the other person's story might be that it was a gift, who knows. A local animal lawyer can advise. Small claims court might be an option.

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