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Q: My neighbor dog break all day and night call 3time and now I have to go to court

My neighbor are saying I was the problem why there dog break .I have call cops at 10 or 11 clock at night about this dog

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 4, 2020

I’m sorry to hear you have to go to court. From what I can gather from your post it sounds like there’s a history of animosity between you and the neighbor over the dog barking. Without knowing more, I simply would advise you to carefully read the ticket summoning you to court so you can begin... Read more »

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Q: I live in Colorado, am I allowed time off work if my dog passed away. I got fired for coming in late the day he was died

The day my dog died I had taken him to the vet in the morning for a follow up check up I called into work to let them know I was going to come in late and I was going to make him stable comfortable and I will come in to work to finish my shift, I got fired that day and their excuse was lack of... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 22, 2020

You have no right to work in the state of Colorado period. Your dog has the same legal status as a toaster. Sorry.

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Q: My ex and I adopted a dog, I am on the adoption papers but she paid for it. I am able to obtain my dog back legally?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 27, 2020

Yes, whoever's name is on the adoption/purchase paperwork is the legal owner of the dog.

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Q: I have taken care of a dog for 3 years. Now her heroin junkie owner wants her back. Do I legally have to give her back?

I have paid for all her vet bills and completely taken care of this dog for 3 years while her junkie owner was in and out of jail. It was going to be taken to a shelter had I not driven across the country to get her. Now her owner is out of jail and wants her back. Do I legally have to surrender... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 20, 2020

This is always a hard question, and the one I get the most often. Unfortunately, if she is the owner and she has never sold or gifted you the dog, she is still the owner and can ask for the dog back at any time. If you feel strongly about keeping the dog, I would recommend offering to buy the dog... Read more »

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Q: How long must you care for someone else’s dog before you can keep it?

My family and I have been watching someone else’s dog for two weeks now, she doesn’t give us food, she doesn’t check up on him or anything because she’s going homeless. He doesn’t have a tag and we are not sure if he has a chip. We are starting to get attached and we tried buying him off... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 18, 2020

Forever.

You can asked to be reimbursed for your costs of care, however, if the owner does eventually come pick up the dog.

I’d say you’re going to spend a lot more on caring for the dog than $1,000 from the sounds of it and if you dint buy the dog from her, now, you’ll...
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Q: I was puppy sitting for 2 days while the owner went out of town. 2 weeks later & no response. how can I xfer ownership?

How can our family legally transfer ownership? The owner has not responded to any texts or calls.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 4, 2020

You would have to get the owner’s consent. You can’t transfer ownership without the owner.

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Q: Neighbor wont return missing dog without being paid $500

My roommates dog(a chihuahua) ran off right before the Covid shutdown in Colorado. He posted missing dog fliers and looked around for his dog. Recently(about 3 months later) a neighbor seen another neighbor walking the dog. He admits that he found the dog, but refuses to give the dog back unless... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 4, 2020

He can call the police to see if they will help get the dog back, but that’s up to the officer whether they’ll consider it a civil matter or not. If they won’t help, he’ll have to sue.

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Q: Can a dog rescue take their non-aggressive, healthy dog away from a foster family to euthanize him?

Colorado: We have been fostering a dog for eight weeks. He's never been aggressive in any way, but he does have separation anxiety and he fears loud noises and strangers. He has caused quite a lot of damage to our home, but he is getting a little bit better and more confident every day.... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jun 13, 2020

The rescue legally owns the dog and they can demand him back from you. However, this is probably a liability concern for the rescue to adopt him out to others, although I am a little surprised they want to euthanize him. You could try to negotiate adopting him. It might be helpful to get a lawyer... Read more »

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Q: How do I take someone to court to get my dog? I was told small claims by the cops.

I have all of my puppy’s paper work and I am microchipped to her- I even still pay her Veterinary insurance. My ex roommate told animal control and the cops that I “adopted shasta for her” when I went to pick her up, I simply left shasta in her care as I moved. There were never any written or... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jun 11, 2020

No, the cops don't know the law. They just say whatever they can to get you to leave them alone about stuff like this. If they saw your paperwork, they should have assisted you, but since they won't, you will have to take her to court. You can take her to small claims, but county court is... Read more »

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Q: Do I have to take a lost dog to the pound, regardless of finding him a home already?

A couple of guys from out of state found a old cattle dog and brought it to the store I work at to ask me to call animal control. Unfortunately this town is so small there isn't such a thing and the nearest facility is about 30 miles from where I live. Instead they gave me him to take care of,... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jun 9, 2020

Since you're in Canada, I'm not sure the exact laws. In the US in Colorado, the rule on lost property is 5 years. You might want to call around to local lawyers to get a correct answer. But, it seems like the dog would be in good hands if he stayed with you.

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Q: Can my ex take my animals permanently if he bought them??? I took care of them for 5 years he did not. Help.

Our animals are only comfortable with us but he has moved on..

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on May 24, 2020

Generally speaking, whoever is on the purchase/adoption papers is who the court will award the animals to. If he bought them he would also likely win. More information is needed to answer this question.

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Q: Can a breeder prevent an owner from actually obtaining the dog?

I paid a breeder the full agreed upon price but the breeder wants to keep the puppies for a few additional weeks for its development. Since then the mother dog was struck by a vehicle and is no longer in nursing condition. This obviously made us call to question the care quality of the animals. The... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on May 19, 2020

Without a written contract specifying everyone’s rights, it’s hard to say what can and cannot be done. Legally, in Colorado, puppies are not supposed to be sold until they are at least 8 weeks old. If the “breeder” gave you a date on which to pick up the puppy and then rescinded, you might... Read more »

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Q: We bought a puppy 3 years ago. Now some random people claim its theirs. Is there a time frame where they cant claim him?

They say he has a chip so they said animal control would come and check it. Since we have had the dog for 3 years do we not have any right to him?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on May 14, 2020

This is an interesting question. The rule for abandoned property in CO is 5 years, but there is case law that protects good faith third party purchasers of dogs. I would recommend speaking to an animal Attorney about your situation because more facts are necessary to properly answer this question.

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Q: I was a foster to adopt and was doing wonderful. The dog however got away from me at the park chasing after a squirrel.

I was distraught and spent hours looking around. The people I got him from are threatening to sue. I am distraught and love this dog and am still hoping to find him at the park or in a shelter. Can they sue me for a terrible accident?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on May 14, 2020

Possibly. It depends on what the foster contract says, for example, if you were supposed to keep the dog safe and protected from harm. Whether or not they will win on the facts is another question.

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Q: Animal clinic takes a dog from people they are aware aren’t the legal owners and re-homed dog without owner consent.

An animal clinic recently took our dog from a family member to be euthanized. This family member was only watching him until we moved. This was done without our knowledge or consent. Our dog is microchipped and the clinic did not check for this or try to contact us for our consent before... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on May 1, 2020

Yes, you have legal grounds to pursue this, especially with the statement from the individual that wanted to adopt your dog. I would recommend contacting an animal attorney to go over the details of your case and give you advice specific to your situation.

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Q: If I purchased a puppy at a pet store and they lied about the breed what are my options?

My concern is that the breed is susceptible to illnesses that we were not expecting with the other breed.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Apr 26, 2020

Pet stores are notorious for this kind of behavior. They are in it to make a sale, not to care for the living, breathing animals. Pet stores are also very likely to get their puppies from puppy mills. In short, pet stores should be avoided at all costs.

To answer your question, it kind of...
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Q: An ex bought a dog and we split up over 3 years ago and she took the dog but sent the dog back do I have to give

We split up and she took the said dog with her but sent the dog back to me because the dog didn’t get along with anyone or other pets . 3 years now she wants the dog back what are my options? Thank you.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Apr 25, 2020

It kind of depends on what she said when she sent the dog back. If she was giving you the dog, then the dog is yours and you don’t have to give the dog back. If she sent it back asking you to watch the dog for a period of time, and you agreed, then you might have to give the dog back. More... Read more »

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Q: The foster of the dog with my dog rescue does not communicate and I need to get the dog back. What action should I take?

The foster cannot be trusted and I need to get the dog back from her to the rescue. The foster was nice at first, said she wants to eventually adopt the dog. By regulations the dog can be adopted only after it is spayed. The clinic will be open in a few days and and appointment for spay can now be... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Apr 23, 2020

You can call the police and show them the paperwork that the dog is only a foster and that it belongs to the rescue. The police might help. Sometimes they don't, though. If they decline to help, then you will have to sue the foster in civil court to get the dog back. Sometimes a strongly... Read more »

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Q: If our 2 livestock guardian dogs hurt my neighbor’s horses while on my property, are we liable? We live in Colorado.

We have goats, and various birds. Most of our property is fenced but the horses come up a creek bed loaded with old tires or up canyons on the far side of our property. We live in mountainous area, so cannot fully fence.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Apr 23, 2020

If the horses were on your property without your permission and the dogs do what they are there to do, no, you would not be liable. But, it will have to be very clear the horses were on your property and the dogs didn’t wander off your property.

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Q: While my ex and I were together I bought him a ferret to go with the two he and I had already. Things happened, and we

Broke up. I took my ferret, he kept his 2. Well the one I bought him as a gift ended up sick a month ago and he enlisted me to help him. I forced my ex to take the ferret to the vet and paid 80 of the vet bill and his aunt paid the remaining balance of 250. The ferret had swallowed some thing due... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Apr 22, 2020

If you gave him the ferret as a gift, then the ferret belongs to your ex and you can’t take him back - unless your ex gives you the ferret. Depending on where your ex lives he might be violating a city code for number of animals, so you could offer to take the ferret so the animal doesn’t get... Read more »

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