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Q: My dog got loose this morning ,my neighbor shot and killed him he is two yearold Siberian husky sweet dog , what can

Is he allowed to shoot my dog . I got.thtee kids comiyhome from school what a jerk off shooting in residential .. Minnesota not Illinois

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Nov 12, 2021

More information is needed.

A dog owner has an ongoing duty to control, restraint and secure any dog. Thus, any dog posing immediate danger to others may be shot, especially if that animal is on someone else's property. However, you need to supply more information to a local state...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Q: Firearms related question relating to dogs in the state of MN.

Say I was walking my dog, and I do not have a carry permit, would it be possible to find me guilty of carrying/concealing a pistol if it's concealed on my dog and not my person.

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on May 14, 2021

Yes. Look up constructive possession. They know your dog didn’t obtain the gun on its own.

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1 Answer | Asked in Agricultural Law and Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Q: Does Delaware use the same definition for dog and cat fur that federal law does?

Hello, I'm not a resident of Delaware, but I was wondering how the state defines "fur" and "hair" in the law banning the sale or trade of dog and cat fur/hair. Federal law defines dog and cat fur as a pelt--any fur or hair with skin attached--and so do other laws for other... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 15, 2021

Your question involves Delaware law. You would need to contact attorneys in Delaware for help with this.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Q: I adopted a dog w/binding contract from a rescue in Texas I am also in rescue I let him stay with my sister she passed

on 2/10 in an apt fire in Lindstrom I called the landlord to see if the pup had made it He said yes I told him i want my dog back and asked if he could drop at a relatives house 5 blocks away he said yes then he started yelling at me saying I want the dog repeating himself I told him no I want the... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 15, 2021

Your post is difficult to follow, but it sounds like you want to report the dog stolen. You can report it to police but there is a good chance they tell you it is a civil matter to be candled in civil court.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Q: My best friend got a dog 6 yrs ago. She travels for work, knowing I was already helping take care of her cat, I begged

Her not to get one. The 1st 2yrs I had the dog every other week plus any personal holidays she took. The next 3 yrs I had him from Sat mid=afternoon until Friday morning. (Yes 5=6 days per week) Occasionally Thurs pm if I brought him to her. Then covid. No Travel. We shared for almost a year, but... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 11, 2021

If you take something that isn't yours you have committed a theft. You could face both criminal and civil consequences.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Q: I was given a golden retriever from an acquaintance almost 6 months ago. Now she wants it back. Will she win in court?
William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Dec 29, 2020

It is impossible to say based upon the limited information provided. You should consult directly with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can I Press Charges Against My Sister Who Won’t Give My Dog Back ?

My sister would watch my puppy while I worked. One day she was watching him & when I was gonna pick him up she said she would watch him overnight. I said okay. The next day I tried to get him back & she said no she’s not giving him back. It’s Been Over 2 Weeks Since she refused to give... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Dec 16, 2020

You can report this to law enforcement as a theft or sue for the return of your property in civil court.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Q: My ex sister in law surrendered her dog over Facebook but then wanted her back. She is now taking me to court

I gave the dog to the pond where she can get it from there if he wants

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Nov 20, 2020

What is your question? Are you wondering what you should do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can someone press charges on roommates for removing her dog from a neglectful owner?

My roommate had a dog and she started neglecting him. Leaving him in his crate for two to three days at a time with no food, water, or bathroom breaks. The rest of our house was taking care of him and he became so anxious from her neglect that he was attacking other animals that either live here as... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Nov 20, 2020

I suppose she could try to report it as a theft of the dog, but it sounds like you have a pretty good defense if she really is on video consenting to you taking the dog.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can he shoot our dog if he lured him over

We live out in the country and out neighbors will sit outside and and make noises to our dog to go over and today we heard a gunshot and He called and said he shot at our dog after he lured him over can he do that?

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

No, that would be animal cruelty/abuse. But, keep your dog fenced in or tethered whenever he's outside to make sure he stays safe since your neighbor is crazy. Report this to animal control or your local law enforcement.

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Q: I’m 17 and I brought a cat that lived with my mom and stepdad to the humane society.

My mom and stepdad were neglecting and abusing him. I brought him to a better place but my mom found out and is very angry. Can I get in trouble for “stealing” the cat?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 4, 2020

Most likely, no. But I’ve seen police press charges in situations like this.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Minnesota on
Q: My neighbors kid hit my dog and trapped him under a blanket with her and he nipped her and broke skin. Can she sue?

The child is 5 and has been told multiple times to not hit or hurt the dog previously and prior during the same day the incident happened. the other siblings have beaten him with sticks previously.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 27, 2020

'Poor dog. Anyone could sue and there's no controlling or predicting whether someone would. What you describe sounds like a reasonable basis for a defense or counterclaim. Your question remains open for three weeks. Try contacting one of the attorneys in the Animal/Dog law section and see... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Q: My ex wifes friends dog bit my daughter. A year later I'm getting the doctor bill?

I was never even notified about the bite. My ex had an ofp on me over false accusations. So why should I get this huge bill a year later and it's going to collections on me ? Not right is it? Should the dogs owner be responsible? Or my ex wife?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Dec 17, 2019

It makes sense if you are obligated to pay the medical bills as a result of a divorce or a custody agreement. But I don’t know why you wouldn’t have received the bill earlier. It’s obviously a different situation if there isn’t such an agreement.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury and Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: I am MN licensed to carry a firearm. Can I shoot an unleashed dog in defense for attacking me or my leashed dog?

If I am in public within the city limits in any of the Metro area cities.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on May 29, 2019

Not without legal risk. As lawyers we consider how the law may apply to hypothetical facts (1) in the past; and (2) in the future. When the case is being litigated in court, it's almost always about the past. Past facts can't be changed, though we may have problems of proof. On the... Read more »

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Q: What if you bring a neighbors dog in your house overnight to sleep with you is that illegal?

Is that considered dog-napping?

Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on May 17, 2019

I doubt that Minnesota has a kidnapping law related to animals or pets. It could be considered conversion of chattels.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: Witnessed my neighbor's dog get hit by a car and die instantly - driver left the scene but lives nearby. Illegal?

I obviously let my neighbor know immediately and she is devastated. I am wondering if we should call the cops or if there is nothing they could/would do about it. I have seen the car before and know they live in the area. Is this a crime? Should I get the car's license plate number? Or is... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 9, 2019

Yes. It is something that can be reported to law enforcement. It is animal cruelty.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can we be sued?

Me and my boyfriend got a puppy and we weren’t able to keep him due to us having a baby on the way and it added tons of stress we didn’t need, so we gave him to the human society. The person we bought the dog from found out and is telling people we signed a contract and we didn’t pay for the... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 30, 2019

Sure; in America anyone can sue anybody for anything at any time (even without a lawyer in small claims court). Winning the lawsuit is another matter. Save all your receipts, text messages, emails and all other documents.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Minnesota on
Q: Can an individual licensed to carry a firearm shoot an unleashed dog attacking a leashed dog, or said individual?

Walking in a public dog park or parkway. Just read about this scenario on Next Door...

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Mar 20, 2019

This is a very fact-specific question. Accordingly, it would depend on what happened. Can they be in trouble for discharging the firearm in city limits? Can they justify their actions? Can they show they were coming to the aid of the other dog? Frankly, the "right" answer is going to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law and Child Custody for Minnesota on
Q: My daughter was recently bitten in the face at her mom's boyfriend's house and received over 100 stitches, can I sue

She was laying in her bed when dog attacked

Lisa Watson Cyr
Lisa Watson Cyr answered on Apr 9, 2018

Most likely, but you need to talk with an attorney as soon as possible to go over the specific facts of the unfortunate attack.

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