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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.

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Q: My neighbor refuses to keep their aggressive dogs in their yard, what can I do? what is the leash laws for carter co KY.

I have proof between messages with the owner and pictures of their dogs from phone pictures to my doorbell camera, as well as messages contacting the dog warden and local police. There is a criminal summons out for my neighbor and the cops said they cannot serve the warrant to her because of those... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 23, 2022

If they are dangerous or aggressive and they come on your property, the law permits you to shoot them. As for the carter County leash laws, you can find them at your library, animal control or possibly online.

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: If I give a dog away am I responsible if she bites/hurts someone? Is this true?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 28, 2022

Depends on whether the dog has ever bitten anyone before. You should also warn the new owner if he has bitten before. If you disclose snd they still take the dog, you should be fine. Failing to disclose is where the trouble will come.

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Q: How long until a found dog can be adopted by the new owner? I found a dog 9 days ago & no one has claimed him.

I reported the dog as found with the shelter & posted all over social media. Took to vet & he doesn’t have tags or microchip. I want to go ahead & get him neutered & all of his shots. How long does the previous owner have to come forward? My daughter has fallen in love with the... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 16, 2022

If no one has claimed him within five (5) days and theres no other info is of ownership, you can consider him your dog. The sooner you get him chipped and vetted, the sooner you’ll be able to say he is your dog.

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Q: I live in an apartment complex. What constitutes a leash for a dog? Does a chain hooked in the ground count?

My fiancee is about to have neck surgery. We have a 100lb dog. One wrong move from this dog and my fiancee could wind up paralyzed from the neck down. My apartment landlord is demanding the dog be on a leash. We have a lady below us terrified of our dog. We had an agreement that she would let us... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 29, 2022

No. A dog on a chain attached to the ground constitutes the crime of animal cruelty, not a leash. A leash is a rope or strap attached to the dogs harness or collar which enables a pet owner to control the dog while moving freely from place to place.

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.

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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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Q: I was at an outdoor festival in Kentucky and someone's dog bit me. Can I sue both the owner and event organizer/sponsor?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 12, 2023

You can absolutely sue the dog owner. More info and facts are needed to determine whether you can sue the event organizer or not.

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Q: My neighbors dogs keep killing my chickens and trying to get my puppy and other animals. What can I do
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jun 20, 2023

You can kill it if you catch it trespassing on your property.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Kentucky on
Q: Can someone file a loss of consortium claim against me in kentucky and take my registered service dog?

The dog is in my name and was expensive and has been registered as a service dog. Would she be considered an asset that the individual suing me could claim?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jun 2, 2023

You have certain exemptions you can claim to protect your property, including a dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Land Use & Zoning for Kentucky on
Q: Can I have my neighbors dog removed, or them fined for the damages inflicted on my vehicle ?

I live on a dead end drive out in the county, very last house, there are 2 other neighbors that we all share the drive way. Our property has been there since 1967, long before the other 2 houses where added to the drive. My neighbors dog has inflicted $6,000 in damages to my vehicle by just driving... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on May 26, 2023

You’ll need to sue them in the circuit court of your county of residence for the $6,000 damages arising from the dog.

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Q: Can animal control come into my motel room that's paid while I'm gone and take my dogs if we been there for week and

Nothing had been said about no animals allowed I was only gone 3 hours and they entered my room that was not damaged or dirty and room was paid up for another few days and they took my animals and now trying to charge me spay neuter fees and almost 500 dollars worth fees to get them back

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on May 22, 2023

Depends on the facts surrounding why the police were called and what was reported at the time of the call.

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