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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for Kentucky on
Q: A neighbor brought her unleashed, uncollared, and on a known dangerous dog list, over into my yard. The landlord knew.

I told the landlord of this mobile home park that the pitbull had moved in next door. She said she'd check into it and get back to me. One month later, the dog was in my yard and attacked my tiny dog, attacked me, and killed my dog which was right at my feet. Not an apology or even paying me... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 25, 2020

Sue the dog owner and the landlord both.

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Q: The land owner next door took my cat and dropped him off someplace else. What can i do to him.

Cat is microchipped and up to date on shots. He intentionally took the cat to drop him off because there are feral cats 3 doors down. I have him on video carrying an animal crate.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 12, 2020

Take a theft complaint against your neighbor.

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Q: My neighbor's small dog came into my yard with my contained dog, and my dog bit the small dog. Can they press charges?

My dog was on his lead, staked into the ground, in our yard when the neighbor dog came into our yard and was within range of my dog's lead. My dog chased the small dog and bit her on the rump. The small dog ran away, and my dog (being attached to his lead) did not chase her past the confines... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 9, 2020

No. He has no recourse against you and you have no liability.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Neighbor's son threatens to shoot my livestock guardian dog for running onto their property when going after a coyote.

In KY, on land zoned agricultural. The neighbor does not have any livestock. The son's name is not on the title of the land, but he lives there full time as of recently. We have a shared fence with no private agreement so the default sharing of maintining half as stated in the law applies -... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 29, 2020

If he shoots the dog on property not belonging to him, he could be liable for damages and possible criminal prosecution.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Kentucky on
Q: Can my landlord evict me over the breed of my animal if it is an emotional support animal?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 3, 2020

Not if you prove that the basis of eviction is false.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My ex bf left 5 dogs at my house, I have asked him to pick them up several times. What are my options to remove them?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 31, 2020

Keep them as your own or turn them over to the animal shelter.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: We broke up, I took the dog. All the vet stuff is in my name, and I've paid for it. Is it my dog?

He hasn't been chipped. But he may have been registered by the breeder.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 26, 2020

Have the dog chipped and registered to you and then it’s your dog.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: So I can't get in trouble? Because he has the original vet papers and says he will keep the dog and go to the police.

Is she still my dog with my vet papers or is it his because he is the original owner from a year ago?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 25, 2020

No. Worst thing that happens is you go to court and the judge decides.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: I paid all the vet bills and the vet stuff is in my name, can I take the dog if we split?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 25, 2020

Yes, but I’d also have the dog microchipped and registered under your name also.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: What happens if I found a dog and got her vet papers and after a year the original owner shows up and Tries to sue me.

My mother in law found her roaming around, months later she gave it to me and I took her to the vet and got her all the papers and everything she needed. She escaped from home a few days ago and just happens to be found by her first owner, now, could he sue me for getting the dog new papers ? after... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 25, 2020

It’s your dog now.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My neighbors husky dogs came into my yard and killed my cat, what cat I legally do?

They apoligozed but that was it. The dogs still roam free and still come in my yard

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 22, 2020

File a criminal complaint against the owner.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Kentucky on
Q: Hello. I have an epo turned dvo on an ex boyfriend. He has started showing up and texting me that I’ve stole his dogs

I obtained the dogs legally, months after he was arrested, but before I moved out of the house we shared. Is this grounds for violating the epo? How do I report this? Is there a motion to the courts for this? Meaning will I have to go to court again to testify against him?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 22, 2020

Those are not grounds for violating the dvo. Go to your local county attorney and file a criminal complaint for violation if an epo/dvo, which is a class A misdemeanor. They will prosecute him for the violation.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: We had a malnourished/abused looking dog come onto our property and didn’t leave are we legally allowed to keep him? KY
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 21, 2020

You should have the vet scan him for a microchip for the identity of his owner. If he is not chipped and you vet him, you can keep him.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: We have a cairn terrier, Lil Mac, now 14 year & Bello, yorkie, 4, which I bought have been staying with our son and his

Wife. Once my first grandchild was born, the cairn terrier became her protector, and the Bello followed Lil Mac so both have spent the last 2 years. I learned only recently that they gave Bello, the yorkie, to my son's in-laws. They have a 7 year-old child and Bello is a teacup -fiesty but... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 21, 2020

If they were not a gift and they are registered in your name, absolutely.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can my roomate leave with my dog if I have been paying for vet bills .

She left him for a year moved back in and now moving out again and threading to take dog can she legally do that??

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 19, 2020

Not unless you let her, no.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can someone film me in my backyard

My neighbor set up a birdhouse camera on his tree next to my properties fence line. The only view it gets is of my yard. I’m assuming it’s to film my dogs barking but I’m also think the flashing lights on it are provoking my dogs to bark more.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 17, 2020

They can film you. No different than a surveillance camera. If you think the lights are inviting the dogs, have a security expert observe them for you. If their opinion is the lights are inciting the dogs to bark, then you can take action.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can I release free roaming cats that I have temporarily sheltered, without facing abandonment charges or other problems?

Two female cats that frequented my yard became pregnant at the same time. I brought them in to keep them safe until the kittens were born and somewhat developed. The kittens are now 10 weeks old, with no takers for adoption, and I want to know if I can return the cats outdoors without penalties.... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 15, 2020

No. Simply take them to the animal shelter and surrender them. Problem solved.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My neighbor tied his dog in the backyard on a 24 hour basis. Is that legal?

The dog has a shelter and is fed. I’m not sure about the water situation.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 7, 2020

No. Shouldn’t be tied for more than one hour at a time.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: If i found what was said to be a stray dog that i took in for 2 years can owners take him back

His nails where so long he could bearly walk. He was dirty and had fleas all over him when he was found wondering a busy street.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 6, 2020

Probably not unless he’s microchipped.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: If you find a dog are you suppose to contact the police/animal shelter before you can give it away
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 5, 2020

Yes. So it can be scanned for a microchip to find the true owner.

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