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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: My husband and I have 2 dogs that I signed and paid for. If we divorce, could he take the dogs from me?

He is moving out of the state and has no established place to live yet. It is true that I would have to also find a smaller living arrangement eventually, but I have always been the one to take care of their finances, medical, and well being. Could he argue that I do not have a permanent living... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jul 9, 2020

If the dogs were purchased during the marriage they are considered marital property regardless of who paid for them. That means that if you and your spouse cannot agree on who gets the dogs, the court will decide.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: Can I take legal action on someone who lost my dog?

I left my dog with a professional dog sitter while we went on vacation. During this time she left the home and left my dog in her backyard in 95° heat and he hot out of her yard and is now missing. It's been 5 days and we can't find him. Can she be charged with anything?

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

She could possibly be charged with animal cruelty for leaving him outside in such weather without water. You could definitely sue her for losing your dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: My mother in law has been watching my dogs they got out of the yard and bite someone. Who would be liable?
Shawn M. Collins
Shawn M. Collins answered on Mar 3, 2020

In Illinois, generally, the dog’s owner is liable to pay all damages incurred by a dog bite victim, unless the dog was provoked, or the victim was a trespasser on the property of the dog’s owner.

However, it is wise to discuss the facts of your particular case with an attorney...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: My employer (a DVM) has done some illegal things. If I quit because I’m uncomfortable, could I get unemployment?

Illegal things include allowing unlicensed people to do surgery and taking clinic medications for his personal use (schedule II drugs, i.e. Codeine)

S. Janaan Hashim
S. Janaan Hashim answered on Aug 3, 2019

Unemployment comes when you are fired, not when you leave. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: I have been charged with deceptive practice.i wrote the check (post dated)under duress. My dogs were going to be putdd

Putdown within the hour.they didn't bite anyone.afterward the emanciated state they were in after 10days was pathetic

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on May 1, 2019

Not sure what your question is here, but if you are facing criminal charges, you need to hire an attorney right away. The sooner you hire an attorney to assist you with the pending criminal matter the better.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: Is there any way a monkey can live in Illinois? He's an support animal for my daughter
T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Nov 2, 2018

Since 2011 a ban has been placed in Illinois on owning chimps and monkeys. Monkey owners who purchased their pets before the law went into effect can keep their pets, but no new ones can be purchased legally.

The exception to this new law are monkeys used for therapy or helping disabled...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: my old dog is dying and holloring in pain for two days. I don't have money can I shoot him
T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Oct 2, 2018

You may want to contact the local Animal Humane Society. They most likely can provide euthanasia services for pet owners for less $100. And, they will handle everything for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: I've been dog sitting, girl won't pick up her dog, how long until he's legally mine? I've had for 3 months.

My friend asked me if I would dog sit for her until she moved into her apartment, I told her I would, it was supposes to take 1 week, I've had this dog now for 2-3 months, I have pets of my own and don't have the time to train her dog, I told her she needs to pick up the dog or get a... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Sep 8, 2018

I am not sure how long it has been or if you gave her formal notice. From the time you give her notice, you are entitled to any additional fees for "storage" and care of the animal during that time, if she reclaims the dog.

If she does not reclaim the dog at the end of the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: If I own a pit bull, and living in a rental house, wouldn't I be the only one liable for any bad behaviors by the dog?

I don't want the owner of my house to be responsible for any of this!

Camille Brooks Ibrahim
Camille Brooks Ibrahim answered on Jul 5, 2018

Absolutely! The owner of the dog is liable for any damages inflicted by that dog

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: My former roommate left his guinea pig at our house after we threw him out and refuses to pick her up. What can I do?

My 6 month old daughter and I are allergic and need her to go to a good home.

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jun 25, 2018

take it to animal control

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: My sister was visiting with her new dog (7 month old puppy) and it bit my neighbor and her son. Am I liable?

The neighbor's lawyer has already sent papers that I sent to my insurance. They found us not liable and offered the 5K in medical. Neighbor has been advised to not take that and the lawyer is going to try again. Should they be going after my father's home owners instead since my sister... Read more »

Howard Abrams
Howard Abrams answered on May 9, 2018

This is a complicated question, but if you did not own the dog or were dog sitting or letting the dog stay at your house, you are probably no responsible. If your sister lived with your dad then his insurance could cover it. Your sister is definitely responsible, but probably does not have any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law, Child Custody and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Would I be able to get my dog back legally without going to court?

My mom gave my dog away to a coworker. I was the one who adopted him and I was the one who paid for vet visits and his microchipping. He's registered in my name. I never granted the release of my dog to this coworker. After a couple of days the coworker let my mom know that she wanted to give... Read more »

Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden
Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden answered on Apr 3, 2018

You have to make a demand for your dog in writing. Write a letter, date it & keep a copy of it. I recommend to use a nice tone in the letter, asking to have the dog returned to you by a date certain. Then if they do not return the dog to you, you can file a small claims lawsuit. You will want... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Illinois on
Q: My dog was killed in our back yard on his cable he was a pug and the other 2 dogs came into our yard that were pit bulls

These dogs are known aggresive and the town has warned the people but they still let them run los the owners even bragged that the dogs were aggressive on social media sites the police have the choke colar from one of the dogs as evidence my wife saw the whole thing and when she tried to help the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 9, 2017

Contact a member of the Ill.Trial Lawyers Assn in your area--they give free consults. However, "bystander trauma" usually only occurs if it's a human relative that is under attack, not an animal. But get the free consult.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: My neighbor drove his golf cart onto my property and hit my 11year old dog who was chained up outside. Can I sue?

My dog may lose her leg and I have huge vet bills.

Josh Rohrscheib
Josh Rohrscheib answered on Sep 13, 2017

Yes, you can sue. You should try to discuss it with your neighbor first to see if he will help with vet costs. I'm assuming your neighbor is more moron than monster and this was accidental. If you think his conduct was deliberate, there is a statute that allows for more serious damages for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Employment Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: my dog bit my downstairs neighbor in our shared backyard. he went to emergency room but refuses to show

he refuses to show me any medical costs, nor proof of any lost wages. he claims he lost his contractor job, but refuses to show me any proof of this. His wound is not very bad (the dog was clearly trying to defend me, not attack him), but he has hired a lawyer. We spoke and agreed informally that... Read more »

Josh Rohrscheib
Josh Rohrscheib answered on Sep 13, 2017

If you have homeowners insurance or renters insurance, advise them of the claim immediately. You shouldn't pay $5,000 without some kind of evidence. You can probably pay a lawyer for a few hours of time if you want to settle to review everything for you and draw up a settlement agreement and... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: How am I liable for someone else's dog?

I lived with a man in a house. He rented the house and everything in the house was in his name. Nothing belonged to me. He had a dog that never acted mean but ended up biting the mailman one afternoon. I am being sued. In the paperwork it says I was an owner. Animal control took the report... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Jul 18, 2017

You will likely not be found liable if it is not your house, and it was not your dog. That said, if you were named in the lawsuit, you will have to defend the case so the plaintiff does not obtain a default judgment against you. I would recommend consulting with an Illinois attorney individually... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: My Irish setter got out & bit & killed a dog. The woman wants vet bills & pain & suffering. What am I obligated to pay?

She wrote me an impact statement and sent me her vet bill and wrote another letter.

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Jun 21, 2017

The answer to your question depends on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the amount of the vet bills and the events leading up to the killing of the dog. I would recommend organizing everything that is relevant to this situation, and consulting with an attorney individually to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: 2 days ago i got a German Shepard off of facebook. Now she wants it back. Do I have to give her back?

I have not got her registered yes cuz its been the weekend. But she gave up all rights and gave me all her paper work.

Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on May 14, 2017

Not if the paperwork was done properly.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: I am dog sitting. Owner pays nothing for dog. Can't have where he lives. Can I keep dog?

He has no place for dog to live. He doesn't pay anything for dog. Not food vet bills nothing

Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on May 13, 2017

The way to solve this is to have him sign it over to you and if he wont, give it back to him until he does.

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