I adopted this dog from a local breeder and signed a document proving that he is now mine. I had him at my house for about 2 weeks and my dad got mad because he kept him up one night and my dad was already getting bad sleep he made a rash choice and told me to get the dog out for the night. I found... Read more »
It usually depends on whose name is on the purchase/adoption contract. If you both appear, you might have a claim to the dog. If you don't both appear, then you likely have no claim. Most courts don't recognize shared custody. But if you had an agreement to share the dog after the breakup...Read more »
Most likely, no, he can not take the dog away from you. Dogs are property, not children, so he has no right to the dog, even if he paid bills, etc. If you're the owner listed on the adoption/purchase paperwork, and not him (jointly or individually), then he would not win against you in court....Read more »
I have two small dogs. Ocassionally, if a cat takes off running thru the house, my smallest dog will chase. He stops immediately when I say "no". When cat isn't running, he licks instead of chasing. They have a large breed dog who chases their cats constantly. So, it isn't an... Read more »
If only Republicans and Democrats could get along as well as dogs and cats, we could be happier. No, your roommate cannot legally "shoot" your dog for chasing your cat because discharging a firearm is a crime. I doubt that any "officer" told him it was OK. Of course, people...Read more »
This is really not a legal question. The dog was a gift and now the donor will not assist you in getting the chip information changed. Perhaps you should take the dog back to them and tell them it is theirs and they can pay for it now, give them a bill for all the food and care expenses. Have a...Read more »
Very sorry about this situation. I am a cat owner and I can tell you they are pretty independent creatures and won't listen to or obey anything they are told. The probability of getting them to stop is pretty small, even if you speak CAT. However, this does not mean that you are required to...Read more »
my dog likes to explore and a couple times has gotten away. a nearby neighbor found him one time and returned him. a year later, this last February, he dug his way through the backyard fences and got out. Said neighbor went to go pick up my dog claiming he was hers. after i found out it was her, we... Read more »
You may have "grounds" for suing your neighbor over stealing your dog, but you may have problems with proving that she stole the dog under the facts you posted. Since you admit the dog got out itself, how do you expect to prove that the neighbor has the dog when the Police could not find...Read more »
To get my dog back the police stated the neighbor admitted to taking my dog bc she felt i was irresponsible but she stated the dog broke out of her house too. My dog is still missing and I believe she still has him. Can I sue her in small claims court?
Yes, but in Small Claims the point is usually money. The jurisdiction to issue Orders to return the dog (injunctions) is coupled with awarding damages (money). A wise Texas judge said: "You can sue a ham sandwich." The question is not whether you can file a suit, but whether you can...Read more »
We left our emotional support dog on our apartment patio for a single night while we were in the process of moving. When we came back to pick her up in the morning she was gone. There was a note on the door that the neighbors took her. They hopped on our 2nd floor private patio (that is not visible... Read more »
Your dog is property, the same as a table, car or Fridge. If someone stole your car, what would you do? You would go to the police and file a report and ask for police assistance to recover your stolen property. You can also file a small claims action to recover damages from stealing your dog...Read more »
She couldnt have it in her apartment so i did but couldnt do it anymore. i contacted her for days but i got no responce. I gave the dog to a loving family that could keep it perminately. Now she wants it back. I dont want the dog going from home to home. she's now telling me she will call the... Read more »
This question is really missing some information. Did you ask sister to get dog because you could not keep it? How long did you give her to get it? Did you tell her you were going to give it to someone else? Why didn't you just give it to the pound as an abandoned dog? (because you did not...Read more »
He's lucky to even get food and water for the day. He used to tie him up which i reported but my local animal control organization doesn't seem to care about the welfare of animals. Ive seen this man be brutal to this dog but otherwise just constantly neglects it. What can I do to save... Read more »
My ex decided to abandon our apartment lease in St. Petersburg, Florida , steal my dog and move to California without notifying anyone. My dog is In my name microchip, vet records, boarding, grooming, etc. Florida won’t allow me to file a police report. If I go to California sheriffs department... Read more »
Law enforcement probably won't get involved as dog ownership is frequently hazy. Vet records, chip registration, are indicia of ownership, but s/he will probably be able to point to other indicia that suggest perhaps joint ownership.
You can sue in Small Claims court for return of...Read more »
My ex wife and I went through a separation and during this time I was promised my dog. I had her sign a document claiming she would return the dog to me but recently has abruptly cut off all communication with me. I asked via letters and text over 35 times to retrieve my dog with no response. I... Read more »
The agreement was that how ever many puppies were born, they would be split 50/50. If there was an odd number, she would get the extra one. In this case i would get 4 and she would get 5. The pups have just turned 6 weeks and she now does not want to give me any of the pups. Since they were born I... Read more »
Ordinarily, you aren't entitled to any pups. The owner of the female gets them all. However, if you had an agreement, even verbal, it is enforceable. You can sue in Small Claims court to enforce the agreement, or for the monetary value of the 4 pups. If you have text messages or emails,...Read more »
ADA documentation states that landlords/staff may not require proof, nor documentation, nor ask any other question than "is this a service animal?" and "what does this animal do?". Any question beyond that is a violation passable of fines (ADA website). California law seems to... Read more »
California's laws allowing you to request a letter from a doctor applies mainly to emotional support animals, which are not covered by the ADA. Emotional support animals aren't trained to do anything. They just make the person feel better.
My mom kicked me out of her place, she just gathered up all my stuff and dumped it on the porch of a nearby relative. However she kept my dog? How legal is this especially during this pandemic? How do I get my dog back legally? Shes a rescue dog and I dont think she has a chip with any of our names... Read more »
I am living with an 80 year old couple and their 6 year old dog for the last two years. I have noticed their memory and health is declining. I would like to adopt their dog when I move out but I don’t know if they will allow me to have the dog. Their judgement isn’t impaired. Do I have any... Read more »
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