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Q: My neighbor leaves their dog out in the patio even when the temperatures gets to triple digits. Should I report it?

I recently moved into an apartment. Every time I walk towards my parking area I would pass my neighbor’s patio. Their dog would always bark every time someone walks by but today I noticed it didn’t and looked like it was suffering from the weather. Even though he was under a shade the heat was... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jul 15, 2019

Call Animal Control. It will let you know if you can make an anonymous report.

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Q: My neighbor's dog had puppies in my house. I provide all care and most financial. Who owns the puppies legally?

The owners provide some financial help but have not been very good to the mother of the dog. They pay for food and some puppy training pads. I care for them 24/7 and have since they were born. Initially they said to keep all the pups and they just wanted the mom back but once they saw the... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jul 11, 2019

There is no legal theory that would give you ownership of puppies because they were born in your house. If the mother isn't yours, neither are the puppies. However, if they gave you the puppies, i.e., said "keep them", then they made a gift. Completed gifts cannot be revoked, so I would say that... Read more »

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Q: Can I get reimbursed for vet expenses when neighbor dog killed and injured two of dogs.

The neighbor dog came out of house gate and attacked my dogs, killing one and injuring my other dog.

William John Light answered on Jul 11, 2019

Yes, you can. Dog owners are responsible for injuries caused to another dog if they were negligent in failing to control their dog. Here, it appears that the dog owner was in violation of your local leash law, since his dog escaped his property. Present copies of your receipts to your neighbor... Read more »

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Q: My sister left her dog at my mom's. How long does she have to keep him before she can rehome him.

MGMT Has said no more pets. My mom is disabled and he is a big dog that needs to go in and out. My mom struggles to do this daily. Also the dog does not get along with the other pets. My sister has been informed via txt to pick up her dog. She has not responded.

William John Light answered on Jul 10, 2019

Ordinarily, you are under no obligation to keep any other person's animals for any period of time. If she agreed to do so, or accepted money for doing so, that would be different. If she no longer want to, or cannot serve any longer, she should notify her daughter in writing that she will... Read more »

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Q: Can a landlord blame dog for carpet fraying

Carpet was replaced and the edges are fraying and pulling up and they are blaming my dog, they are saying we are responsible for repairs even though I know my dog didnt do that to the carpet. He is crated when we are not home and he is not pulling up the carpet when we are. Is there any laws... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jul 8, 2019

Maybe. Depends on age of the carpet and the damage that was done. If the carpet is worn and old, then probably not. If there are chunks taken out or rips, then maybe. If you and the landlord cannot come to agreement, you can sue him in Small Claims for return of your deposit.

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Q: i know of someone who doesnt feed their dog or walk them if i report them what will happend next

William John Light answered on Jul 8, 2019

Animal Control can investigate and impound the dogs, or issue a ticket for animal cruelty, or do nothing if you complaints are unfounded. Not feeding is serious. Not walking is unlikely to be an issued.

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Q: An animal shelter save my dog and had me release my rights because I was in jail how do I get my dog back

While I was in custody my dog was hit by a car and a shelter fixed the dog but they had me sign my rights away or they were going to put my dog down that. Was my two option options I had . I signed to release interest in the dog because that way it would live that's all I could do at the time now... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jul 8, 2019

You don't. You signed her away to save her life.

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Q: Is it illegal to dogsit at my apartment for my 70 year old grandmother’s pet if on the lease pets aren’t allowed?

My grandmother asked me to dog sit for her for two weeks while she’s moving. I let my landlord know out of decency and he told me it was okay. He has a father that is very controlling and isn’t the landlord and told him to tell me I can’t dog sit at my apartment. I went to speak to him and he... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 8, 2019

This is not a legal question; it is a practical question the answer to which is contained in your lease. And the fact that the landlord's daughter has had pets living at her apartment does NOT matter.

If you lease does NOT allow pets, then regardless of who said otherwise you may be...
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Q: Got dog on craigslist, didn't sign anything, paid for rehoming fee, dog needed surgery day after, they now want him back

We got the dog a month ago, put a lot of time & money into his rehoming. We didn't sign anything when we rehomed him, now the owner is claiming it wasn't in the persons name who sold it to us & that they want him back. The person who sold him said it was her teenage daughters dog & that the dog... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jul 4, 2019

Your question is tagged in MI, but is posted in CA. If you are in MI, talk to a MI attorney.

If the parent gave you the dog, then it's probably yours. In reality, the dog probably belonged to the parent. If you are sympathetic to the ownership of the teenager, then tell them that you...
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Q: Can we recover a dog from a person that rescued her from the shelter. we never saw her posting and we were checking dail

our dog was lost. somehow my wife saw a posting on a facebook. we never saw her at the shelter.

William John Light answered on Jul 3, 2019

If the dog strayed from your property, and was picked up and delivered to the shelter, and the shelter waited the appropriate length of time before adopting it, then there is nothing you can do.

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Q: My neighbor is accusing me of beating my dog. Which is untrue. What are my rights to make her leave me alone.She’s crazy

My dogs are spoiled. Are their any laws to make people stay off your property. Can i get a restraining order on her? I rescue cats and feed strays so theirs a few outside my house now she’s telling me I have a animal problem and taking pictures of my car?? Do I have any rights against this crazy... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jul 3, 2019

If she is trespassing, call the police and get a restraining order. If you are attracting strays to your home and neighborhood, you might be creating a nuisance, and she might be able to get a restraining order against you.

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Q: In the state of california is a puppy contract legally binding if the contract was not noterized

William John Light answered on Jul 1, 2019

Yes, assuming that all of the element of a contract are met, e.g., sufficient specificity of terms, exchange of consideration (value) between the parties, etc.

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Q: My fathers federally registered service dog had puppies.We were forced 2leave &foster the mom &puppies out.Is that legal

My father is a disabled vet and she is his ESA dog. We did not kbow ahe got pregnant til it was to late.. Even when like 4 weeks the vet missed it. Can a federally funded shelter force you to leave and surrender a federally registered service animal?

William John Light answered on Jun 29, 2019

There is no federal registry. There is a private company called "federal registry" but it is not affiliated with the federal government. Next, I have also never heard of a federally funded shelter. Next, you are confusing emotional support animals and service dogs. Service dogs are trained to... Read more »

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Q: Is it illegal to open a door to an open fence to a dog?

My sisters roommate did this and my dog didn’t know any better and ran away and ended up dying.

William John Light answered on Jun 28, 2019

Your sister's roommate is probably liable for the value of the dog (similar breed, age, gender, condition).

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Q: Can someone keep my dog if they found it on the street but hes chipped under my address?they dont wanna give him back

Because they are not answering my calls the vet called me saying he found him and took him because he was too skinny,my friend called him under a different number because he wasn't answering, and the guy that has him said he wont give him back because suppostly he was too skinny,and if i try to get... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jun 28, 2019

You can call the police and report the dog stolen. Also, make a demand upon that they return your dog. If your demand is refused, bring a Small Claims action.

If you could convince a Small Claims judge that the dog was stolen from you, you can recover the value of the dogs and/or its...
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Q: Do I have to pay for a cat a gave away 3 years ago just because it's chip still has my info.

3 years ago I gave away a kitten to a coworker. He just turned the cat in and without saying anything to them that it was his they then called us and told us that we had to relinquish the pet and pay all fees . Even though I have not seen this pet for three years and live in another state now.... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jun 28, 2019

I wouldn't think you have to pay for that.

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Q: If my Husband ex girlfriend gave him the dog, who has the right to keep him?

My husband ex girlfriend gave the dog and all original paperwork to him and has not paid any vet visits or expenses in 2 years, and now has decided to pop back up and is trying to take the dog away, who has the right to the dog?

William John Light answered on Jun 28, 2019

Until your husband gets sued and a Judgment is entered against him to return the dog, he is the owner. He received a gift. A completed gift cannot be revoked. I am sure that the exGF has a different story. That's why Small Claims trials exist.

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Q: A dog bit me and is now in quarantine I filed a report and I have proof the owner is abusive can they still release it?

William John Light answered on Jun 27, 2019

Yes, they can release it. Animal Control can euthanize, release it without restriction, or release it with conditions. Contact a PI attorney to discuss your potential claims against the dog owner. The owner is strictly liable for bites caused by his dog.

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Q: I dog sat for a friend, he brought dogs to my house, now he is refusing to take them back. I cant keep them. What now?

William John Light answered on Jun 25, 2019

Surrender them to a shelter or animal control, after you inform your friend what you are going to do, where, and when, in writing.

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Q: My sister's ex boyfriend's family gave us a dog almost 3 years ago. They had another dog who they gave to a shelter

because they were moving and couldn't keep them. My sister and I moved out about 2 years ago and she couldn't keep our dog so I've had her and taken care of 100% of the finances and vet bills alone. My sister and I had a fight and she now wants the dog back and has gone back to her ex-boyfriend's... Read more »

Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on Jun 24, 2019

Go to Court and ask the court to give you an Order authorizing your vet to remove the microchip. Best of luck.

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