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Q: My neighbor has threatened to kill my large guardian dog because of his barking. Is there anything I can do?

Great Pyrenees, 18 months old, protects our sheep, chickens, and horses from predators.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 18, 2021

Unless he takes some action against the dog, no.

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Q: My 83 year old mother lives in Jefferson County , Ky , has a small dog. Her neighbor has pitbull who never leashed. Lega
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 12, 2021

Keep the small dog away from the pit bull and call Animal Control about the pit. All dogs must be on a leash and under the owners control at all times.

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Q: My neighbor two dogs live in a kennel. I want to help the dogs. What can I do ?

They live in kennel. They have food,water and kennel. The don't get human contact or exercise

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 9, 2021

Unfortunately, those are sufficient for their protection under the law. I doubt there’s much you can do.

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Q: How can I find leash laws for dogs in Kentucky? I live in Kenton county.

Specifically, do dogs need to be on a leash when being walked in the neighborhood or park?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 23, 2021

You’ll need to check the local ordinances regarding animal control in Kenton County.

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Q: What happens if I haven't surrendered a vicious dog within the 24 hrs by court order?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 22, 2021

You can be held in contempt for failing to comply.

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Q: My dog went into neighbors yard and was horribly attacked. Neither on leashes and no fence Who is responsible for bills?

Both dogs were in their yards, no leashes. They both locked eyes and ran towards each other. It was right on the property line of their yard and our neighbors yard. Our dog is about 10lbs and this was a huge pit bull.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 6, 2021

Unfortunately, you are responsible.

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Q: My friend left his dog with a co-worker and they took the dog to the shelter instead

the shelter says to return the dog to my friend they have to travel back from the state they moved to and pay the fee for the spaying, vaccinating, flea treatment, and microchipping. Which sounds reasonable if my friend hadn't just moved to a different state and trusted the co-worker to take... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 27, 2021

What is your question?

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Q: Can a landlord evict immediately of dog never attacked but charged at another small dog on rental property?

My dog was on a leash and had a collar on and we were taking him to the car to arrive at another destination when my neighbor brought their small dog out which taunts mine. My dog just whined until the woman grabbed her dog and swung it like a rag doll and then mine broke his collar and charged at... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 18, 2021

The answer lies in your lease with the landlord.

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Q: Gave my dog away now animal control wants me to claim him, do I have to call them back?

If not my dog anymore why do I have to claim him? Dog can not come back to our house because he is dangerous around our baby.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 29, 2021

Why not claim him to avoid charges, them properly surrender him or her to a rescue who can rehome him or her? Problem solved all around.

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Q: We purchased an 8 wk goldendoodle from breeder in KY. We picked him up on 6/10/21, had papers from breeder/vet.

Puppy DX w/parvo 2nd day we had him, is there any liability that goes back to breeder? Puppy made it home after being at vet hospital for 6 days

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 18, 2021

It depends on the terms of your contract with the breeder. It should set out the terms and responsibilities of both parties.

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Q: When can we take ownership of kitten with a microchip that owner does not call back?

We found a kitten and the vet has been calling and leaving voicemails for a week on the number listed on the chip. When are we allowed to take ownership and get the vet to give the kitten an exam and vaccines?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 14, 2021

As soon as the vet agrees to release the cat to you.

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Q: Neighbors pit bull is left to roam without a leash/ highly aggressive and attempted to attack my husband what can we do

This has been going on for YEARS when police called they’ve already put the dog back inside so the OHIO COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT DOES NOTHING. The pitbull is highly aggressive. It attempted to attack my husband last night in OUR BACK YARD where my small children play. I say attempted bc he had... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 8, 2021

The next time it comes on your property, shoot it.

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Q: Can the police take my dog because i cant provide expensive medical treatment
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 5, 2021

No, but if you can’t care for the dog, you might want to consider surrendering her to a rescue who can provide the proper medication and treatment.

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Q: How can I get my neighbor to keep his dog off my property? I have young kids and a fear of big dogs. Or a law passed?

I live in Montgomery County in Kentucky outside city limits in a subdivision. There is nothing in the law that I can find for a leash law. It is having a large impact on my families life. I can't mow my lawn or let my kids go out front alone to play, get the mail or go to the ice cream truck.... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 5, 2021

You don’t need a law passed. Just shoot it next time it’s on your property.

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Q: Neighbors dog has now killed four of our goats. Do they have to pay us for our loss?

They can’t keep the dog in it gets free all the time. I’m in fear of it going after one of my children next. Can I legally shoot it if it steps one paw on the property? It’s so fast and the last goat it killed was right in front of my children.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 4, 2021

Depends on any local leash laws you may have, but you can legally shoot it if it comes freely onto your property.

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Q: my farier showed up earlier,, and was close to the fence, , and my dog bit him.? it is posted guard dog on duty do not

I have used the same farrier for over 2 years, he knows we have dogs, they are always put up, when he has a appt here to shoe, but showed up early, he text me,,, and i do not have a cell phone, he knows that,,, so i did not get is message that he would be early... he assured me he would not... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 29, 2021

You are still liable for the dog bite. In Kentucky it is strict liability.

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Q: My neighbors allow their dog to roam he has bred my dogs in kennel twice and still comes over here can we legally shoot?

He is up here everyday five times a day we have contacted landlord and neighbors asking them to keep him down there they refuse to. If we can’t legally shoot him what can we do !

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 29, 2021

Most likely, yes, depending on where you are in Kentucky and the applicable local lease laws.

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Q: Can I sell horses that have not had board paid in 3 months?

I own a horse boarding facility. One of the boards has not paid board in 3 months. At want point can I take ownership of the horses and try to sell them to recoup my expenses?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 29, 2021

Depends on the terms of your boarding contract or, if no written contract, you must give owner notice in writing to cure default or they will be did to cover boarding.

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Q: Someone dog staying at my house a couple hours accidentally got out fight another dog. Bite each other. What can hap?

I was at a friend's house one night and she had a friend there who was in town from another state overnight and would be heading back out of state the next night. She needed to leave her dog with someone for a couple hours while she went to do some things and the friends house I was at that... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 24, 2021

You may be liable for injuries to the neighbors dog that occurred while the visiting dog was in your care.

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