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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Need assistance with a co-ownership!

I sold a purebred puppy on co-own to someone, with the verbal agreement that I get pick puppy from the first litter. After that, I would sign full ownership over to her. She has now “forgotten” that we had the agreement, now that the dog has her first litter and is refusing to give me my pick... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Apr 5, 2020

Sure, many attorneys can help you with, and represent you on. a breach of contract matter, which is what you have, but in your case, you'd likely have to pay an attorney FAR more than the monetary value of the pup you were supposed to receive. If the person who breached the agreement won't... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: So I have a Bullmastiff. We had friends over and a 7 year old fed my dog a sponge. We can only prove it cuz

The vet did a $5k surgery to remove it. Can I sue the parents.? They both think my dog was stupid cuz he ate it. But the child put it in my dogs reach.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Mar 31, 2020

Dogs are allowed to be stupid. The question, nevertheless, would be whether the parents were negligent by allowing their child to eat the sponge. For the purpose of this question, I shall assume the surgery was necessary.

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Q: What is the process of picking your dogs up from shelter? My 2 dogs got out & someone took them to the local shelter.

Called shelter but they’re closed

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Mar 17, 2020

Wait until the shelter is open, call the shelter, and ask, obviously.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Will I get arrested for keeping my dog.?

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Mar 15, 2020

No, you won't be arrested. He would have to sue you for possession of the dog. If he prevails in court the judge would order you to give the dog to your BF. Only then, should you disobey the court order, would you be in danger of being arrested.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: My boyfriend bought a puppy but she has lived with me for 4 months. Can he legally take her?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 13, 2020

This is not a legal question. But common sense tells us that if your boyfriend bought the puppy it belongs to him. If he GAVE the puppy to you as a GIFT, then it is yours. But there is no easy answer under your set of facts. Work it out.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Should I get a lawyer & is my case strong? can I sue for my time being wasted in court when I don’t have time for this?

I make the payments for the dog everything is in my name. Took it to grooming etc. The dog was a gift to my family, ex thinks it was a gift to her as well because she would take it on weekends & do things with him, buying him toys & grooming as well, voluntarily when we were together. when we broke... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Feb 25, 2020

You didn't say whether your ex was married to you or not, but I assume you were not married because if you were, this would be an issue in dissolution of marriage proceedings in the family court. I assume you mean she filed suit in small claims court. Answer to question, "Should I get a lawyer?":... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: My nabor shoots off firecrackers every time he sees my dogs in backyard. What can I do. It causes my dogs to freak out .

One of the dogs is adopted has bad reactions to the loud voice

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 28, 2020

Find someone to train your dogs to not be afraid of loud noises.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: A dog got into my stuff and got hurt am I responsible?

A family was letting me stay on their property while I was doing work from them. Their dog got into my closed tackle box and ate a fishing hook. Am I responsible for the vet bill?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 28, 2020

You would be responsible if they can persuade the court that you negligently caused the injury. Was the tackle box closed in such a manner that one could reasonably anticipate that a dog would be able to get into it? If so, was it left in a place where the dog could get to it? I would, were I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Let family watch dog , they claimed she disappeared in oct. 2019 and they didnt tell me until Jan. 2020 what can I do?

Family in bonifay was supposed to watch my dog until I finished moving to Georgia they claimed she just disappeared but wouldnt tell me anything when I asked about the dog until I told them I would take legal actions then they said she dissapeared and now none of my family will talk to me who had... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jan 25, 2020

Sure, anyone can take legal action against anyone else at any time; but IMO you are wasting your time here because you have no real damages. IMO, your dog probably ran away, looking for you because that is what lonely dogs do.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: If a person gave a dog away, but is still paying for the dog . do I have to give her money if she asks?

I was given a dog and now the previous owner wants me to take over payments. I was told nothing about money when I was given the dog.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 23, 2020

In general, no: unless you agreed to take over the payments, or unless the previous owner has a lien on the dog (unlikely), you don't have to pay.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: My pet is microchipped and someone found him brought him to Florida Aid to Animals stating he found my dog but didn’t

Call me or leave my dog there is Florida aid to Animals responsible ?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 5, 2020

No, from what you indicate, Florida Aid to Animals is not responsible.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Land Use & Zoning for Florida on
Q: i am zoned for 5 animals at my specific address. can dcf legally tell me that i can only have 4.

none of my animals are sick and my child isnt sick. can you supply a specific law that covers this?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 30, 2019

All "zoning laws" allow you to keep some number of animals at you address are local ordnances, not laws. Whenever the health, welfare and/or safety of children is an issue the Florida DCF has superior state law jurisdiction and the authority under Florida law to protect all children everywhere.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: should I receive some of my money back?

I brought my puppy for $2,195 because she was just turning 2 months , three days after I got her I had to take her to the vet because she had blood in her stool. I had to sign her back over to the pet store so she can be treated by their vet because they sold me a sick puppy. They kept the money... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 27, 2019

No, not unless the pet store voluntarily gives back some of your money. This situation should NOT be about money. IMO you should be very grateful that the pet store is paying for all the major medical treatments your puppy is undergoing right now. Why not focus on loving your puppy? Have you tried... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Two years ago I sold a puppy to a young man. At the time of the sell, the puppy had a Florida health certificate from

Florida License Veterans . On The health certificate vet noted that the puppy only had one testicle that dropped at the time. The puppy was sold without breeding rights. And a health Guarantee that Said that the new owner must take the new puppy to the vet within 72 hours I’ve never heard... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Dec 15, 2019

I'm guessing that you want someone to agree with you that they don't have much of a case. I agree.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: My dog was killed by a car driven by a careless driver with only a speed of less than 5 mph. Chose drivr over hoa

Driver chose to drive over appeared intentional definitely cruel conduct.

History of doing this, multiple witnesses all willing to testify , hoa is aware of past that this person is a danger. Nothing done. Appears culpable negligence

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Dec 4, 2019

What does the HOA have to do with it? If you believe a crime was committed, report it to the local law enforcement authorities.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: What can i do about my dog being put to sleep without my consent?

I ask my family members in Kissimmee, Florida to see if they can watch over my dog while i completed my tour in Korea. I gave them my dog September 2018 and is being over 1 yr. Apparently my dog was playing with their little yorkie and my dog she is american bulldog. So while fighting over a toy... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Nov 25, 2019

Regarding the issue of pressing a criminal charge (such as destruction of personal property), that is a question for the local law enforcement authorities. Regarding the issue of seeking money damages from the shelter and/or from family member(s), you do have potential claims there, though... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: I live in a mobile home park can my landlord deny my pitbull emotional support dog ?
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 12, 2019

If the mobile home has rules against having pit bulls than you cannot expect them to bend the rules just because you claim the pit bull is you "emotional support" dog. Why not go get a different breed of dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Can ex-owner who neglected dog legally take it back?

A dog was owned by one of my family members in which was kept in a cage for almost a year (only taken out once a day), never groomed, and contained lack of food / water. I had asked the owner if we could take the dog instead of leaving it to suffer. The owner had said yes but now claims that we... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 26, 2019

If you can prove that the former owner actually gave the dog to you (as opposed to merely allowing you to take care of it for a while), no, she can't take it back.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Federal Crimes for Florida on
Q: Should the man from Walmart be in trouble?

Ok so im getting charged with animal cruelty because I ran into Walmart and left my car running with the ac on but while I was in Walmart the ac broke and started blowing hot and caused my dog to die. The man from Walmart went out to my car and turned it off and rolled the windows down. my dog... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 26, 2019

The Walmart employee could possibly get in trouble with Walmart, but that wouldn't affect your criminal case. It looks like you have a valid defense unless you had reason to believe that the A/C might fail.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Buyer signed a payment plan with me, but has not made a payment for the puppy. Can I legally take my puppy back

A family fell in love with one of my puppies. Unfortunately they could not afford to pay all at once or before the puppy was 8 weeks old & ready to go. They up a non refundable deposit down & I agreed to let them take the puppy as long as they signed a payment plan agreement. Now it has been a... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 19, 2019

No, your remedy is to sue them for what they owe you.

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