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Q: have 2 dogs a got from a breeder. One was free he just wanted to get rid of her. There was no contract.

I have another male dog i bought. He says I never paid in full for him. There was no contract with him. Now he is saying he is going to take me to court and take both dogs. Can he do that.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 14, 2020

Yes, he can do that. I would recommend talking to a civil litigation or contracts attorney to go over your options and defenses.

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Q: neighbors dog got my dog pregnant, their dog was loose, my dog was on chain. what are my options?

my dog was in heat and the neighbors dog kept coming in our yard. we asked them to put their dog up because it was coming down and it was being aggressive to our dog. they did not do so, we put our dog in the house or remainder of heat but she must have gotten pregnant before. Now there are puppies... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 8, 2020

Pay the $300 to terminate. You can sue them in small claims if you are inclined.

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Q: Can I legally take a puppy that is being neglected. He is suffering from dehydration and possibly death. 1 pound chihuah

Without legally being charged with theft if I'm saving him.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 6, 2020

Take it to vet and verify neglect. After that you should be protected. If no vet or vet doesn’t substantiate, return dog to uncle.

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Q: Can I take this dog to California with me?

I have had my "uncles dog" who was neglected and underfed (under his supervision) for over a month with no question of him coming to get her. Now I am moving to CA from KY and he says I cannot take her with me. Because she was neglected and I have gotten her healthy and happy I want to... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 5, 2020

No, legally you can’t take the dog from

Him without his consent. However, if you won’t voluntarily give him back the dog, he would either have to call the police (who likely won’t do anything) or sue you and win to get the dog back.

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Q: Can I get my dog back?

Not even a year ago I gave my aunt my French Bulldog on the promise that if she ever decided she did not want her she would bring her directly back to me. I’ve visited them on many occasions she never once mentioned not wanting her. I have even stated on numerous occasions if you decide not to... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 3, 2020

You probably can retrieve the dog assuming your aunt agreed to the promise to give him back if she decided to get rid of him.

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Q: Small dog off leash and unsupervised in its yard Came after 2 large leashed dogs on walk. Small dog died. Who is at faut

I have 2 large dogs out for their daily walk, both were leashed. While passing a house a small Yorkie (No leash and no supervision by its owner) came running after my dogs. It is unclear if yorkie was bit or was jumped on which caused a broken rib and internal bleeding. The interaction was short... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 25, 2020

The Yorker and his owner are at fault.

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Q: How long before a stray is legally owned by me? What, if any, are my legal requirements to find its owners?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 23, 2020

Have the dog scanned for a microchip. If the dog is chipped, you should contact the Registered owner. If he is not chipped and there are no other signs of ownership, he is yours.

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Q: My neighbors kid stuck his finger into my side of the privacy fence and said my dog bit his finger. Can I be sued?

My dog was in my yard playing with my children. He put his hand into my yard

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 3, 2020

Anyone can be sued but your case sounds defensible.

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Q: Do I have a case against a veterinarian who treated my dog said she was fine said her heart was great gave her shots
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 26, 2020

Much more information is needed to properly answer your question.

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Q: Is there a law in Kentucky reguarding whether dogs have to be allowed into the house?

Was told one couldn't have a dog tied outside at all times. That pets must be left outside no more than 1 hour at a time & that they should be allowed inside each night & in extreme weather.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 24, 2020

Dogs shouldn’t be tied out at all. They have to have food, water and shelter if they are going to be left outside all the time.

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Q: What can I do if my neighbor has 5 large mixed breed aggressive dogs that frequently get out and attack my animals?

Long story short my neighbors are renters who have 5 large mixed breed dog’s that have not only attacked and even killed one of my dogs but has also tried to attack me! I have contacted the land owner numerous times, spoke with the dog owners themselves numerous time’s only to be told its my... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 15, 2020

Shoot them, but only if loose on your property AND they are presenting a danger to you, your family or your dogs.

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Q: Can I Get My Dog Back if I believe they’re being mistreated?

I gave my dog up a year ago because I was unable to have him in my apartment. I’ve moved now and have much more space.

I saw him out in the new owners yard recently and he looked underfed. I still have vet records and photo proof of him being mine originally. What can I do to get him back?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 13, 2020

Depends on how the dog got from you to the new owner!

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Q: Would I be fined if I moved to London KY with 3 dogs and 7 cats. My husband just passed and my daughter lives in oneida.

All animals are rescued. 2 are 18 yo. Will try to rehome some.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 2, 2020

Probably not as long as they are all licensed and vetted properly.

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Q: Okay, so when me and my ex was together, he bought a dog for us. We split and I got the dog. He’s been with me 9 months

My ex has had nothing to do with him but maybe 2 weeks out of the 9 months. Now my ex says he can take him just because he paid for him but I’ve been the one buying the dog food, paying vet bills, and just taking care of him in general so can my ex take him all because he bought him almost 2... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 26, 2020

If he wasn’t awarded the dog in the divorce action, he doesn’t get the dog. End of story. You’ve had custody for two years and paid for everything. If he wanted the dog, he should have said so before the divorce. He’s out of luck unless you surrender the dog, regardless of what he says now.

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Q: Can I sue for emotional damages or something along those lines? Can I file criminal charges for theft?

My father had me sign a paper which stated that I would be giving him custody of my 3 dogs beginning on 09/18/2019. This was done with the assumption that he would keep all 3 of them temporarily, however, that was never his true intention. On 09/17/2019, a day prior to the paper I signed went into... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 25, 2020

You can sue for the value of the dogs you lost. The “contract” between you and dad is unenforceable, but you can’t get emotional damages from a breach of contract.

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Q: Live in Trigg, neighbors, have 6 dogs, pig that roam.

Come on porch, eat our cats food, trash,make mess,open containers. Walked in new concrete,left prints they don't care. be done. AC said t brking no laws. They lock them up at night. Bark all time.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 25, 2020

Catch them on your property and take them to LMAS and surrender them.

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Q: Is there anything I can do about my neighbor's dog constantly barking? I've tried talking with them. They don't care.

We live in a Bullitt county subdivision where there are some dogs. I have 2 dogs. But everyone else doesn't let their dog constantly bark at their neighbor. Their dog is a doberman and stands on their deck and barks every move we make. We all live on 1acre lots. I've been here 33years and... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 12, 2020

Call Animal Services first. If that doesn’t work, go to the courthouse when it reopens and take a criminal complaint for nuisance.

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Q: If someone goes to jail and rehomes their dog do you have to give it back

The dog has been in the person's care for 4 years

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 8, 2020

No. If they rehomed the dog, the dog belongs to the caretaker.

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