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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: My dog was stolen by roommate and given away. They both deny but I seen my dog in the window, police won't help

We had a roommate that took my dog from my home, he gave her to a woman nearby. They both deny this but I seen my dog in the woman's window, police won't help because no one else can verify she's there. The woman doesn't let the dogs outside they use the bathroom inside so I... Read more »

George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Sep 17, 2020

Take a picture of the dog in the window of the woman and take it to the police to confirm your story. Try to do this without standing on the woman's property. You could sue to get the dog back, but you will still need proof that the woman has the dog. You will also need to prove that you own... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: A man gave his dog to my dog rescue after stating he could no longer care for it. Now he wants him back. Help!

The older man has let this dog run amuck on his unfenced property and on one occasion the dog came back after being shot. The dog is not neutered or microchipped. The man lives alone and has a bad knee injury and can barely walk or drive. He gave me all the paperwork on the dog. I planed to do... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 21, 2020

If he gave you the dog, then the dog is yours and he legally can't get it back unless you agree to give the dog back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: I had given a woman a trial period with my birds w/stipulations. she failed & now wont give me my birds back. can i sue

it was a trial period of a possible adoption of my 2 parakeets, I had rescued them, had them 18 months, worked with them as they were abused. I gave a woman a trial period with stipulations...that either she keep my large cage or i would purchase one she liked but had to have specific... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Jul 18, 2020

Do you a contract in writing? Was there money exchanged?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: Is it legal for a dog shelter to perform extra surgeries other then what the dog was taken there for without asking?

My dog went in to get fixed and they cut off his "thumbs" I call them on his back foot without asking me. Now he has to wear bandages and I have to take him back so they can inspect his wounds. I was not told about this nor was I expecting it.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 15, 2020

No, that is not legal. That sounds like animal abuse/cruelty and/or veterinary malpractice. I can not think of a single medical reason to remove a part of a dog's podal anatomy (foot anatomy).

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: You My dog and her two puppys were taken from there home when someone broke into my house and let them out .


My dog and her two puppys were taken from there home when someone broke into my house and let them out . Animal control kept them for 2 months with my only option being to wait for court and the judges decision... court finslly came and i asked the judge and the ASA told the judge i was... Read more »

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

You will have to sue Animal Control for violating your civil rights. Talk to a civil rights attorney in your area.

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 »

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