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Q: On a county road my neighbor hit my dog on an unlicensed dirt bike and wrecked.Am I responsible for his injuries ?
T. Augustus Claus
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answered on Nov 16, 2023

In this case, your neighbor was riding an unlicensed dirt bike on a county road, which is illegal. This means that he was trespassing on your property and was responsible for any injuries he caused.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if you knew or should have...
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Q: My neighbor has been arrested and her dog has been left by itself for a week with no one coming to feed it.

What do I or my landlord need to do in accordance of the law?

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answered on Oct 26, 2023

In Kentucky, when a neighbor has been arrested, and their pet is left unattended for an extended period, it's important to address the welfare of the animal while respecting the law. Contact your local animal control for assistance, and notify your landlord if you rent the property. Check... View More

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Q: What should I do my dog has been missing for almost a month I found a page of it rescue shelter that has her picture

But they say that it's not my dog when the lady sent me the paperwork to show me that the dog was a court dog she sent me a dog picture of a terrier so I let her know that the Chihuahua is who I'm talking about and then she said she doesn't have it but I clearly see the photo what... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 16, 2023

First, go to the shelter and make absolutely sure it is your dog. If so, take all the paperwork of proof of ownership to the shelter and show them. Pay any fees associated with her board while she’s been gone. If they won’t give you the dog, hire a lawyer and file suit.

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Q: Can I refuse a civilian animal control offer to come in my farm, if she is biased and friends with person who complains?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 2, 2023

Yes, unless the ACO has a search warrant.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can you sue someone for attempting to kill a valuable thoroughbred horse, if the attempt was thwarted & the horse was OK
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Leland Hulbert
answered on Nov 7, 2022

There is a criminal charge for cruelty to animals and you could talk to local law-enforcement about potential charges. I’ve never heard of that being charged when the attempt was unsuccessful but it is possible if you have a good proof. As far as a civil lawsuit you would have to consult a civil... View More

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Q: Can a dog be left outside in frigid temperatures (15 right now) if they have a doghouse? Is it legal? Please help!
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 17, 2024

No. Such actions may be prosecuted for cruelty to animals.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can the adoption place take my dog?

My friend is very ill and asked me to take her dog. I have a farm and love dogs so she knew he would be well taken care of. I got his microchip registered and took him to the vet. The place she adopted it from is now contacting me saying it's their dog and she signed a contract, like we all do... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 5, 2024

What you describe is a standard term in animal adoption contracts. Why don’t you contact the shelter and see if you can work something out with them? They might be willing to accept your application and let you keep the dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for Kentucky on
Q: Can I ride with my dog in the bed of my pick up?

I always tie him down to one of my bed corner with a leash. As far I know there's no law in Louisville ky that prohibit that. But was recently warned that it could consider animal cruelty. Is that true?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 13, 2023

It could be construed as animal cruelty by some groups. Better practice would be to secure a crate in one corner of the bed and let him ride in the crate.

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Q: Is it illegal to find a home for a lost dog?

Someone is trying to rehome a lost dog and was told it's illegal to rehome a lost dog. So we're checking to see if this is true.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 28, 2023

It is not illegal unless they know the identity of the owner.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Kentucky on
Q: What are my options concerning my neighbors dog barking excessively every night. Local police dept will not do anything

I live in an apartment and there is a noise ordinance about dogs barking excessively however no one with the authority to address this issue will respond. Property mgr will not deal with it and local police dept will not come out when I call to make a complaint. This is violating my rights as well... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 26, 2023

Unfortunately, history tells us your best option is to just move to avoid the frustrations of nothing being done.

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Q: My dogs r chain inside during the day bc they will tried to run away but during bedtime they sleep in bed with us n off

Off chain is bad thing or what but we do live in camper right now

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 21, 2023

Each county has certain leash laws and animal control regulations a citizen must follow. Most times the dogs are required to be secured as well as hamming food water and shelter. As long as you meet these basic requirements, you should not have any problem.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Kentucky on
Q: If you feed a stray dog in Kentucky are they considered yours ,leash law? Letcher county Kentucky
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 16, 2023

No. They are not yours. Leash law has nothing to do with it.

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Q: Can I take video of my dog to the sheriff office and prove the dog belongs to me

My dog went missing and three days ago I found out my neighbor has my dog. I have videos and pictures to prove it belongs to me. Can I get my dog back by showing them this.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 2, 2023

Should be able to, yes.

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Q: neighbor dog trespassed into my yard and he got in a fight with my dogs and he got hurt. My dogs didn’t. Who is liable

A Neighbor down and across the street had a broken invisible fence and knew it was broken. He continued to let his dog out anyway and multiple neighbors including myself, my wife, and my 8 yr old son had returned him to his house over a couple month period. I did leave my privacy gate open by... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 25, 2023

His problem and his fault. You are not liable.

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Q: I got caught without license my dog, what do I need if I want to rehome the dog and avoid license it and the fees?

What do I need from the person who’s willing to take the dog, and so I can tell the animal control that I don’t have the dog anymore and ask them to cancel the ticket fee.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 3, 2023

The new owner’s license for your dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: What do I need from the person who's willing to take my dog.

I got caught for not license my dog, now I want to rehome my dog, what do i need from the person who's taking my dog so i can prove to the court that i dont have the dog anymore, dont charge me for not license my dog anymore.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 3, 2023

Copy of the new owners license for your dog.

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Q: If a dog showed up to my porch at the end of jan, and we took the dog to check for a chip, tried to find the owners and

Was unsuccessful in this attempt, if the owners showed up in July, after we have about $1000 in the dog, what are the chances that we will lose the case in court of keeping her? She is microchipped and has her up to date rabies

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 25, 2023

Your chances of winning are pretty good, all things considered. Abandoned and unchipped all play out for you.

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Q: Can I give away a stray dog that will not leave my home, I have posted to try to find the owner with no luck.

The dog catcher in my county says the shelter is at max capacity & he can't come and get it until the shelter has space, I don't have a lot of time to wait for this issue to be resolved, this stray is upsetting my own dogs.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 23, 2023

If the fog is not chipped snd no owner comes forward, you can give the dog to whomever you choose.

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Q: Can I sue my animal shelter for cost of puppies being spay/neutered and their shots?

I adopted a female dog from animal shelter here in KY and they were suppose to setup for her to be spayed and let me know ahead of time when appointment is. Months later never heard anything, I contacted them and they had an appointment but didn't inform me. I told them make a new one she... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 15, 2023

No. The damages, if any, would be so small it would be throwing good money after bad to seek legal action against them.

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