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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.

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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 »

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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: As a tenant do I have to remove my pets when the homeowner is showing house to perspective buyer or can I use a crate?

I have 5 dogs and on several occasions I have moved them outside in their crates for the agent to show the house. More than one occasion the agent never showed and I waited outside for greater than 45 minutes. Its hot outside to wait that long. There is no defined time of any showing I receive... Read more »

Seril L Grossfeld
Seril L Grossfeld answered on Sep 9, 2019

You should discuss that with the homeowner or real estate agent, since safety of both your pets and the prospective buyers and other persons coming into the house is of the greatest concern. Don't forget that people make appointments to see the house and then never show up so it is not always the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: If we dog sit and the dog has puppies at our home who has rights to the puppies?

The woman can no longer have the mother at her home. The day we picked her up she told us she was, house trained and pregnant(first time hearing it) she now stated she just wants us to take care of them until she can find a place. The mother gave birth her second night with us. We would like to... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 25, 2019

No, the puppies belong to the owner of the dog.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: I let a person pet sit . They wont return my dog a police wont help me. What now

She got evicted played games bout her location. O found her police wont help. Hes no pure breed . And I have 4 yrs of pics along with papers stateing he is my emotional support dog. But police couldn't find her. 2 months have passed I've located her police still wont help me

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Aug 19, 2019

If you have the location of the dog, advise the police; you may need to file a report with the police...

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3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Animal control showed up because r/m has been neglecting her animals. Stopped trying to help when r/m became abusive.

Was also not in a financial situation to care for them as I just gained employment on 7.19.19. I have an 11 year old child that I have struggled to feed and shelter due to finances and have been trying to get out of this unhealthy environment. Animal control said that all persons in the home could... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jul 30, 2019

What is a r/m?

https://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/R%2FM

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: My dog was given away without my consent 2 years ago - I have been trying to get her back but they refuse - can I sue?

I bought my dog in 2008 and she lived with my wife and I from 2008-2015. My wife and I split up but on good terms and I left her with my wife to look after her when I had to go to england for medical care in 2016 In 2017 when i returned she had given the dog to her boyfriends dad without my... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 20, 2019

Yes, you can sue for replevin (return of personal property). If your ex simply took the dog from her boyfriend's dad, that wouldn't be breaking the law and probably wouldn't be prosecuted criminally, assuming she can prove it belongs to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Me and my boyfriend purchased a dog. I recently left him because he's abusive to me and the dog

Can I legally take the dog and not get arrested? He originally paid for him... he's not registered... I pay for all the vet bills toys and food. I care for the dog. The only thing he has with his name on it was when we bought the dog, the papers to register him, but he never was. Can he have me... Read more »

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Jul 13, 2019

This not a criminal law question; this is a civil matter...sounds like the dog is a gift.

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