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Q: 2 strays found

My friend found 2 strays and checked for a chip, neither were chipped or had collars. She then registered them with lmas, and I was able to foster them for a few days. Another lady offered to continue to foster one while I kept the other. Now an advocates group is saying we have to turn them into a... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 30, 2019

See my previous answer to this question. You do not have to surrender them to any shelter.

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Q: I found a puppy from Virginia on puppy find.com. I gave them 100 deposit and paid for the travel expenses (see below)

For the breeder to have the pup delivered to Ky. We met in Walton Ky, they gave me the pup and i paid the remaining balance in cash. I now found out the pup has a liver shunt. They want the pup back and will give me a replacement pup..I want to keep the pup and give it the necessary surgery she... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 30, 2019

All depends on what the breeding contract says. It should specify the answers to the questions you have posed.

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Q: If I’ve found 2 stray dogs and have reported it to lmas and attempted to find the owners do I have to give the dogs

Over to a shelter to be adopted out or potentially euthanized or am I able to continue fostering them until an owner comes forward. Also at what point does the owner no longer have rights?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 30, 2019

You can foster them indefinitely. If they are not microchipped, they probably will not be claimed. If they haven been claimed within 60-90 days, I think they’re your dogs.

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Q: Okay so me and my boyfriend are staying with my grandpa and we had 7 dogs outside he got a letter in the mail stating

From the local PD That he could go to jail because our dogs were barking & someone said our dogs were locked up in the building and it was animal abuse .. the dogs are mine & we had one of them in the building for a few days because she got attacked at my moms house by another dog .. I was very... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 21, 2019

You can apply for a kennel license with your local animal control administrator.

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Q: Can I still get my dog back from someone with proof of purchase and ownership even though its been a year?

My dog was traded between neighbors temporarily cause I could not look after it at the time and I want my dog back they have no paperwork on the dog and were given nothing during the trading. If I still have all the documents showing me as the owner can I still legally get my dog back even though... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 19, 2019

Probably so, yes.

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Q: My neighbor has approximately 20 dogs, running free. Several neighbors have complained. What can be done?

They chase the livestock and cause a nuisance.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 16, 2019

Contact your local Animal Control and report the nuisance to them.

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Q: Regarding the campbellsville question about momma and her pups

They did have food water and shelter. The guy that took them didn't leave a notice when he did either so they simply gave us the dogs back all we had to do was pay for a rabies shot for momma dog. But for future reference was it with in the law for them take them?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 14, 2019

It probably was not legal but since you got the dogs back, it would cost an exorbitant amount to litigate the issue.

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Q: I live in campbellsville ky. Animal control took my dogs

I had my puppy her mom and two siblings staying at my dad's house. They had food water and shelter. We went out day by day to care for spent time with them. Sometimes multiple times daring the day. I found out a day ago animal control came and took momma off her leash and collar. Removed the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 13, 2019

Depends on whether the dogs had food, water and shelter with Animal Control arrived there. You’ll need a lawyer for this case.

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Q: Is there a way to gain custody of my friends dog that I keep for weeks at a time?

I have been doing this for several months now, I have had him groomed. When I take him back they only keep him one day and then call me to come back and get him. My friend has stated that the dog is not allowed to make noises nor are they allowed to have animals at their residence. There is always... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 12, 2019

No.

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Q: Is it legal for an animal control officer to go to homes and pick up unwanted dogs as owner surrenders to be...

Transported to the local animal shelter. The citizens of our county have figured out that this is a way to get rid of unwanted dogs to the shelter without having to pay a surrender fee which is causing our shelter to be inundated with excess dogs . We currently have 69. Citizens just call the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 9, 2019

Unfortunately, it is legal.

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Q: MK gave sister a dog while he went to jail, he got out for a while and went back to jail. He let her keep the dog.

She’s had the dog for about 6 months, now someone random on Facebook is saying that MK stole the dog from her daughter. (No body has said anything or claimed stolen until now) obviously no microchip because they would’ve found him for ever ago if it’s even true.

My sister has taken... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 8, 2019

Not unless she can prove ownership.

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Q: Where can I find all relevant laws for dog shelters in Kentucky? Compliance and compacity are my main concerns.
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 6, 2019

Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR)

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Q: I live in KY, and looking to buy a dog in MO. Is there any legal documents needed moving the dog out of state?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 14, 2019

You should have a travel health certificate from a Mo vet certifying that he has had all of his shots up to date, including rabies, and you should be fine.

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Q: A kitten that my daughter abandoned with me

My daughter brought a cat here when he was just a kitten then a couple of days later moved out and moved She moved to a different county this was in November of 2018 i have took are of the cat since and she hasnt had much to do with him at all now she is throwing a fit and threatening to get law... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 27, 2019

You can keep the kitten. She abandoned him. You might want to take the cat to the vet and have him chipped. That can help establish ownership.

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Q: In the state of Kentucky what are the commercial snake breeding and selling laws? I’ve searched but to no Avail.
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 27, 2019

Take a look at Kentucky Administrative Regulations 301, Section 2:032 et seq.

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Q: How long does someone have to claim a lost dog? Can I get in trouble for keeping it at my home and safe until then?

Found a dog on an abandoned homes’ porch yesterday evening. No one in the area seems to have seen it before. It was obviously very scared of people and wouldn’t let anyone get near it. I felt bad for it so I fed it and let it warm up to me and brought it home so I knew it would be safe and have... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 24, 2019

Within s reasonable time is how long they have to claim. You cannot get it trouble for providing the dog food, water and shelter. If no one claims the dog, you can keep the dog or, if not an option, deliver the dog to a shelter or rescue for rehiring.

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Q: I adopted a puppy from a shelter on Saturday today the shelter calls me and tells me the owner wants it back

Turns out the shelter violated the mandatory hold law and let me adopt the stray puppy aftr 3 days at the shelter. I dont want to give it back he is part of the family now and my son adores him and calls him buddy. What do i legally have to do

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 24, 2019

You can keep the puppy or you can give the puppy back. You are fine either way. The shelter is the one with the problem if they adopted him out too soon. Although, you may want to consider the length of time the puppy had been with the prior owner, how the puppy got loose, and whether your son... Read more »

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Q: My neighbor feeds around 20 cats. They keep having kittens. They crap and lay in my flower beds. She says their not hers

What can I do to get rid of them. They also walk all over my new car. The animal control says they have to many cats now and have no room for them. Sorry nothing they can do. Now what?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 17, 2019

Take them to Louisville Metro Animal Services.

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Q: Can I sue someone to return my dog someone else gave away?

I had two dogs that were from the same litter. The first dog, I still have, I got at 6 weeks old and then the second dog I got from 8 weeks, they're again siblings. I had both up until 3 months ago when my mother gave away my second dog via facebook. The only transaction made was $40 in exchange... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 13, 2019

If you have proof that the second dog was yours (ie vet records, registration papers etc), you can sue the woman and probably get the dog back.

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