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Q: Can I keep someone's dog who went to jail
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 20, 2021

The dog belongs to the jail bird's heirs (kids, spouse or parents). If you don't know who they are, then take the dog to get shots and a license in your name and keep the receipts.

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Q: My dog got out of pen and wandered into my neighbors yard. Now she won't return it..

After my dog got out of pen and went to neighbors yard she then caged her, in a small cage with no water in the direct sunlight of Louisiana, called the cops, they came and wrote me a citation and I was told she had the right to keep my dog or decide what to do with her now bc of her not having a... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 6, 2021

Check with the Humane Society if your dog goes missing. Get a copy of your dogs veterinarian records. Go file suit with your Justice of the Peace for Conversion.

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Q: Can a dog be deemed vicious if it was provoked by another animal and hurt the other animal
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 30, 2021

Yes. Pet owners are 100% liable for any damages caused by their pets.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Is it the law to have you dog vaccinated by a license veterinarian?

I went in front of the justice of the peace yesterday I was being sued for a stray dog that was left all day without water, food, or any kind of care, the person who claimed to be the owner has stated multiple times to two different police officers myself my husband and other people that she had no... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 30, 2021

You can file an appeal and a stay in district court.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Louisiana on
Q: if someone pays part of cost to buy dog as gift, can they claim & win ownership in court?

microchip in my name, vet records and registration papers in my name. sheriff's office refused to intervene despite paperwork, stating civil matter.

*I filed suit with justice of peace.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 16, 2021

File for civil conversion with the justice of the peace.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: someone gave me a dog 5 months ago and now out of the blue after not once checking on him they want him back.

unfortunately he is chipped in their name . i have most recent vet records in mine

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 10, 2021

Tell them no, get the dog licensed and shots, try to get them to admit in person or on the phone that they gave you the dog, and record it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: A neighbor two roads away took my dog and reported him abandon to the sheriffs department to obtain legal foster papers

He’s been there for five days and they won’t give him back. How do I get him back

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 21, 2021

If he's your dog, then of course you can get vaccination and license records from your Veterinarian or the Humane Society and a receipt for purchase or adoption from the ASPCA that you can take to the Sheriff's Office to file a theft complaint. Then you can build a fence around your yard

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: New neighbors recently moved in and acquired two pitbull puppies. Their entire property (right up to the property line)

Is fenced in with an approx 4’ fence that has multiple holes and imperfections. The dogs are frequently left outside unaccompanied for long hours/full days regardless of weather (storms/heat/etc). I have to bring my small breed dog right past their fence to go into my yard to do his business. The... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 9, 2021

Call the Sheriff's Office and Animal Control because their Pitts will kill your dog eventually. Video the holes in the fence. Put the video on a flash drive.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: Pitt Bulls Owner Laws In Louisiana

If you live in a Apartments Complex that’s gated. Is it a law that tents has to have insurance on they pit bulls in Louisiana. The landlord only make them pay him and when I question him he said oh no, Nobody can’t have pits over here but they over here they be running around at times. Also in... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 5, 2021

Landlords can require pet insuranxe.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: My mother lives with me and has two dogs that I want to get rid of. They are not house trained and I want them out.

How can I get rid of the legaly?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 2, 2021

You can evict your mother with the dogs or you can help her house train the dogs. Anything else is illegal.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: I need advice on what steps to take. I have had my dog seized and I want to fight her being declared dangerous.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Apr 30, 2021

You will need to get a breeder or licensed dog trainer as an expert and a lawyer to file for a stay

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Okay so I live in Louisiana being sued by a client in Alabama.

The puppy was vet checked and had a clear bill of health before leaving my home. My contract states they have 72 hours max to get the puppy in with a vet for a wellness checkup and send me proof that this had been done. If this isn't done my health guarantee is voided. The client didn't... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Apr 2, 2021

Hire a contract attorney.

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Q: In Louisiana, can you kill someone’s pet just for coming on your property?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 18, 2021

Absolutely not. Call the Animal Control and the police if someone has hurt your pet. Then build a fence. Next call the Justice of the Peace and file suit against them for any Veterinary bills, the price of the pet, lost income from breeding the pet, money expended for the pet's license and... Read more »

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Q: How can I legally get my dog back after her microchip was scanned at a Vets office in Texas?

My dog went missing from our home in Louisiana, I was contacted yesterday that her microchip was scanned at a Vets office. After confirming my contact information, I was told it is up to the people that have my dog to contact me. She was taken from our home in Louisiana. What should I do next?... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 9, 2021

File a police report for theft in the county where thr Vet is located.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I legally get my dog back from my dad now that I'm 18?

I lived with my dad and his current wife in Louisiana until I was 16 then I moved in with my mom in California. I'm 18 now and I want to get my dog from him that he kept and wouldn't let me have at the time. Is there any way to do this legally?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 21, 2021

It depends on whether you have any proof of ownership. If not, no you can't get your dog back. Proof of ownership:

1) receipt for purchase,

2) cancelled check for purchase,

3) Vet records,

4) license,

5) AKC documentation,

6) chip...
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Q: I was asked to temporarily watch and take care of my now ex boyfriend’s dog. He has no info saying she’s his beside his

Say so and a tag on her collar. I’ve bought everything for this dog besides the tag and collar and leash she has. He wants her back but has no way to afford to provide guaranteed vet care or food and he’s currently said he plans to live in his car with her. And that if he got a job she’d just... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 16, 2021

Get her shots and a license and you have proof of ownership.

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Puppy was attacked by a dog, no one witnessed this but $1300 later, Vet says yes . Is the pitt bull next door to blame?

The pit bulls have been seen attacking another dog, squirrels and chickens, and fighting each other. And often without shock collars, wandering in the yards out of their home range.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 5, 2021

unfortunately it sounds like you have no proof that it was the pitt bulls next door. My suggestions:

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Louisiana on
Q: Problem with neighbors nuisance dogs and local law enforcement won't help.

This has been going on for 2 years. They bark incessantly day and night. I can't enjoy being outside during the day and I can't sleep at night without earplugs, headphones and a fan, and usually that isn't enough. I've kept recording of the barking, of when I call the police... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 28, 2020

You can file suit with your justice of the peace and call animal control.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: My dog got out of the yard & went missing. A man put one of our dogs in a truck & left. Can I obtain traffic footage?

Both of our dogs got out together. A lady saw the them together & was able to get 1 dog, but not the other. She brought her to the SPCA & said that a man in a truck got our other dog, but unfortunately he never brought her to the SPCA. Is it possible to obtain public traffic camera footage... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 3, 2020

Yes. Make a theft complaint Nd the d.a. can get footage by subpoena. U may want 2 get ur dogs chipped

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: How do you fight a leash law citation from a dog on dog attack , other party is lying? I have video of mines on leashes

The video shows me leaving my place with my 2 dogs on the leash but some reason the camera went out with us coming back in. My smaller dog was attack by an unleashed dog and I fell trying to hold on to my other dog that ran away and the another dog chased him. Well the owner of those 2 dogs... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 15, 2020

Put your video on a flash drive and either on your phone or an ipad and take it to court.

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