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Q: If I take my dog to a trainer and 3 days later he calls me and tell me my dog is dead, is the trainer liable?

The puppy was 18 months old and very healthy

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Aug 1, 2022

Obviously, you are going to need to establish the cause of death. Liability is a possibility if it can be established that the death was caused by negligence on the part of the trainer.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Land Use & Zoning for Florida on
Q: Opening a dog park/bar/cafe in Oakland Park Fl and wondering about zoning and permitting needed. It is b-2 zoning now.

We want to create a fun and safe space for dogs to socialize but also for humans to be able to have a drink, coffee, or sandwich while utilizing the wifi and getting some work done. We have a location in mind and it is b-2 zoning. We just are not sure if this is allowed or what we need to do to get... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on May 4, 2022

Good idea; I would drop by with my dog if it flies. First speak to Oakland Park Planning & Zoning staff, and I recommend you go in person in order to review and discuss the list of uses permitted in that zoning category, and to discuss if your intended uses can fit with their interpretation of... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: My wife and I bought our Golden Retriever from pet land under the impression she could and would be AKC registered

How’re after review of her profile document she is ACA registered instead. The pet store assured us that as her parents were not only AKC registered and champion show dogs that she would as well. Once purchased we received all these congratulations from the AKC regarding our new dog and... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Apr 6, 2022

Perhaps if you will repost this interesting question and tell the lawyers who read it the REASON why the AKC will not register the dog you might get some better responses.

EVERYTHING happens for a reason. Not knowing the reason(s) things happen makes a difficult job even more difficult.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Housemate let my dog out while I was at work and she attacked the neighbors dog. Who is responsible for the vet bills
Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
answered on Jan 13, 2022

Generally speaking, you could be held liable for the damages (bills). Under Florida Statute § 767.01 "Owners of dogs shall be liable for any damage done by their dogs to a person or to any animal included in the definitions of “domestic animal” and “livestock” as provided by s.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Florida on
Q: I want to start an animal rescue. How do I trademark the name or copyright it so no one else can use it?

Don't want to get sued if someone else uses the name either.

Thomas James
Thomas James
answered on Nov 14, 2021

A trademark is what you are looking for. In the United States, they are established through use in commerce ("common law trademark.") To protect your rights in it, though, you should register it. Trademarks can be registered with a state or a federal government office. Federal... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Hello, I have a question another contracts

A couple years ago I adopted a dog from a breeder. She came highly recommended and seemed to be great but we received news this morning that she has been arrested for neglect and forging medical documents. The problem is she had us sign a contract before we took our dog and it basically outlined... Read more »

Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
answered on Nov 10, 2021

She would have to sue you to enforce the contract, which would cost her a significant amount of money, and it sounds like she has her own legal problems to take care of. In other words, I wouldn't be very worried about that occurring. It is difficult to say anything about the enforceability of... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: I have been dog sitting for someone who bought the dog from me but I have been watching the dog for 6 months now.

Can I sell the dog and not give the person the money cause I had the dog for 6 months now and they can't take care of the dog.

Hiten H Patel
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Hiten H Patel
answered on Nov 6, 2021

No.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: How can I get my lost dog from person who is hiding her knowingly with intent to keep in miami-dade county?

I know where they both live and have dog with them.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Nov 3, 2021

Sue them for return of the dog, of course.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: A cat jumped jumped the fence and entered my backyard. My dogs hurt it. Am I responsible for the vet bills?

I broke up the attack but the cat was hurt. One of my dogs is hurt. Am I responsible for the cats vet bills?

Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
answered on Oct 28, 2021

Yes, generally speaking, you could be held liable for the damages (bills). Under Florida Statute § 767.01 "Owners of dogs shall be liable for any damage done by their dogs to a person or to any animal included in the definitions of “domestic animal” and “livestock” as provided by s.... Read more »

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Q: A stray dog bit another dog. We caught the dog for animal control but are now being held liable for the attack.

Why am I being held responsible for a stray dog and what are my rights? We have had the police at our home several times because of the dog. Animal control said they're to full to take it. The humane society isn't accepting dogs. A cop threatened me with going to jail of I didn't... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Aug 31, 2021

What is your question?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: My ex came in where we are both on the lease with his new girlfriend and stole my dog and went give it back

He has been gone with this girl for three weeks he came to two weeks of him being gone ...he took the only key so I could lock my door I started to record audio in case some one broke in ...well they came in for four hours took what ever they wanted went to work the next day and when I came home I... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on Aug 11, 2021

You have to appear or otherwise respond to the lawsuit, counterclaim against him for wrongful taking of your dog (replevin).

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: My ex came in where we are both on the lease with his new girlfriend and stole my dog and went give it back

He has been gone with this girl for three weeks he told my landlord he was coming to get washer dryer and took well they also took my dog .. yes tried the police ...how do I get her back . ...I have vet papers with my name only

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Aug 10, 2021

And you are asking how to get your dog back? Have you tried calling the police?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Legal Malpractice for Florida on
Q: A veterinarian gave my dog the wrong dosage and now may need to be euthanized. Can I pursue legal action?

My dog was given a medication at 20mg dosage when it should have been 2.5mg. As a result of the wrong dosage and previous health issues she is now having acute kidney disease and may need to be euthanized. How do I go about pursuing legal action against the animal hospital involved?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Aug 6, 2021

Most dogs don't have a market value of very much. Unlike people, you wouldn't be able to sue for "wrongful death". So you would sue in small claims court for the vet bill for the negligent procedure, as well as the cost of having the dog euthanized. That's about it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: The question is is that I took my dog to a off the leash dog park where she was chasing another dog (nine-month-old She

The question is is that I took my dog to a off the leash dog park where she was chasing another dog (nine-month-old Shepherd) and the shepherd slipped on wet concrete and crashed into a fence where she hurt her leg most likely a sprain of some sort as she was starting to put weight on it when I was... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jul 15, 2021

Your liability to the owner of the other dog depends on whether the trier of fact (judge or jury) is convinced by a preponderance of evidence that you did something negligent; I would argue that it was not foreseeable on your part, when you took your dog off-leash, that this would happen. And, if... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: My dog bit a house painting crew member that we hired.

Hello, so we hired a painting company to paint the inside of our house. My wife advised them that she would be working from home in the bedroom and our chihuahua shitzu mix dog would be in there with her. Later in the day when taking the dog outside, my wife got distracted and the dog ran upstairs... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jun 16, 2021

Yes, be sure to notify your insurance carrier of the situation. If you sell, the insurance carrier would still be responsible for this potential claim.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Florida Dog Bite, please help

I had my dog (9 month old Australian Shepherd, male) on his leash, opened my door and a neighbor was standing on my apartment doorstep while listening to music on her headphones- leaning against my door. I was surprised and gasped. My dog ran up to her and bit her on the arm, it was a superficial... Read more »

Brandon Labiner
Brandon Labiner
answered on Jun 1, 2021

I believe this is the same question as a previous question in Personal Injury, but with a bit more detail. As I said there, I would make a point that you do not feel comfortable discussing this without the woman who was injured present. Any claims for payment of her injuries would go through your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: Florida Dog Bite, what should I do?

Hello and thank you for helping! As my neighbor was walking down the apartment complex hallway, she was listening to music on earphones when she reclined on my door frame. This was when I opened the door, my dog was behind me on his leash but when I got spooked and gasped because I was frightened... Read more »

Brandon Labiner
Brandon Labiner
answered on Jun 1, 2021

You certainly did the right thing by filing a police report. Details of the situation and injuries should be included there just in case. As to the medical bills, if she is unresponsive, there isn't much you can do at the moment. If her boyfriend reaches out to you again, I would inform him... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: If an adult buys a minor a 3-month-old puppy is it the minor's responsibility to take care of the dog's every need?

the puppy already has all the necessities it needs from toys to food to bed to blanket to towel to pampers in order to pee and poop. is it the responsibility of the minor to take care of the dog starting at 7 am-5 pm even if the minor has school or not ( weekend/ vacation)

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 26, 2021

It is the adult's responsibility. If the parent or other custodian of the child wants to require the child to perform those tasks, that is between the adult and the child. But if you are trying to ask whether the child can be punished by the authorities for animal abuse or neglect, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: my dog came hold me today missing for a year

Goodness i cant change the question lol

The question is: my Dog went missing for a year neighbor took my dog knowing she was ours, she came home to me today and they want her back what do we do?

my dog has been missing for a year turns out my neighbor had her even when we asked if... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 24, 2021

Yes, get whatever evidence you can gather that the dog was given to you and that this dog is the same one.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: How to get my sons puppy out of animal control if he is arrested in Florida?

He was arrested today and animal control took the dog because he lives by home self and nobody else was there to claim the pet. I called the pound and they are saying I need power of attorney to get the dog? Is this true?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Apr 26, 2021

It seems that the pound wouldn't actually know that the dog isn't yours unless you told them, but if that's what they say, the easiest way to do it would probably be to download a POA form, bring it to the jail, and have your son sign it.

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