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Q: Can I press charges for dog that came off of private property to a cemetery where I was walking around? It didn’t bite
Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Nov 27, 2022

A person walking around a cemetery who encounters a stray dog who didn’t bite him does not have a legal claim.

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Q: Who would be in violation if an unleashed dog runs up to a leashed dog and the leashed dog attacks unleashed dog?

The leashed dog was in front of its home and unleashed dog ran to it.

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on May 19, 2022

The owner of the unleashed dog would be liable for dog at large and the owner of the leashed dog could be liable for dangerous dog with the potential defense of provocation.

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Q: do you have to have a certain piece of land for farm animals in tennessee or can you have farm animals on private land
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Apr 15, 2022

You can certainly have farm animals on private land, but you will need it fenced in. Livestock At Large is a crime.

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Q: Can I shoot a dog if it is constantly unleashed and going in my yard and defecating in my lawn? Also causing my dog (tha

t is leashed) to come unglued. Also, they said they'd shoot our dog if on their property.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 12, 2022

Please don't shoot the dog. That poor animal doesn't know what it's doing, nor does it understand property boundaries. There are Tennessee Animal/Dog law attorneys here who know this area of law best, but your question remains open for a week and there are more humane solutions.... Read more »

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Q: What is the statue of limitations on stealing a support dog, and then someone else receiving the dog and giving her away
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Feb 22, 2022

It should be the 3 year SOL for the property tort of conversion. I doubt criminal sanctions apply, but then 1 or 2 years SOL.

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Q: Madison County……Is animal control allowed to be on private property without a warrant?

My toddler accidentally let our dog out. Animal control came by to pick up a stray that was roaming the neighborhood and causing some problems. I apologized and explained the situation. She told me I needed to go get her or she would have to pick her up. I pointed out that she was telling me I had... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 13, 2021

Animal Control Officers are Law Enforcement. And yes, they can go onto private property to aprehend animals without a Warrant. You might want to hire an attorney to work this out, as it can be difficult and expensive. It does not appear that you are capable of representing yourself.

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Q: Is there a charge for someone threatening to shoot and kill your dogs? When they are fenced and away from property line

I own a boarding and breeding business so these dogs are a livelihood not merely pets.

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Nov 23, 2020

This could constitute animal cruelty, it depends on your jurisdiction. Try reporting it to the police and see if they will help.

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Q: I got to go to court for animal at large I chose to repisent my self I think I think I need a lawyer how to I get one
Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Nov 12, 2020

To find a lawyer you can use the directory on this website, Google, or many others.

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Q: My aunt has told her ex that he’s going to be evicted and he has told her that he will not leave without two of her pugs

He has not paid any vet bills he didn’t not pay for any of them does he have any right to them?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 7, 2020

Aunt needs to file the Detainer Warrant now. They can worry about the Dogs later. He might even sue her for return of his personal property, which she may be able to defend against as the owner. Again file the Detainer, and do not get into a fight or he will get leverage.

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Q: Rescue dog kills neighbors fighting chickens our dog is now dead. They want to be reimbursed

Rescued a dog from person on Facebook, stated the owner of the dog never came back for him. Seemed very sweet kind dog we own 4 cats + 2 other dogs everyone got along. In the middle of the night dogs got out went to the neighbor's house killed and maimed chickens and now they want an... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Sep 3, 2020

I am not sure I understand the situation. Did your dog die from injuries from the chickens? Fighting chickens (I'm assuming you mean roosters - I've never heard of fighting chickens) are illegal, as far as I am aware, so I am not sure they would count as livestock, let alone be... Read more »

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Q: Am I liable for a neighbors cat being attacked in my yard?

My mother and my dog were just sitting relaxing on the back deck when a cat walked up the stairs of my deck. The cat tryed to get some food like it always does and the dog whent up to it casually to sniff it and the cat scratched the dog on its nose. Thats when the dog chased the cat into the... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jul 23, 2020

I think I already answered this question here, or on another forum, but either way, without knowing what her evidence is, it's impossible to say whether you'll be liable or not. In a criminal court, the prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your dog caused the cat's... Read more »

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Q: My neighbor is saying I'm responsible for a $1200 vet bill because her cat was bit by my dog. The cat was on my propert

My mother and my dog were just sitting relaxing on the back deck when a cat walked up the stairs of my deck. The cat tryed to get some food like it always does and the dog whent up to it casually to sniff it and the cat scratched the dog on its nose. Thats when the dog chased the cat into the... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jul 23, 2020

If this is a criminal case, the prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your dog caused the cat‘a injuries in order for you to be liable. If this is a civil case, the other party has to prove by a preponderance of the evidence (think: 51%) that your dog caused the cats injuries.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can I legally own a dog if someone else’s name is on a vet record?

Around the end of May, my boyfriend’s sister brought a dog to live with us. We said the dog could stay for 2-3 days, but she told us it would be until she moves out without even asking us. She has only paid for 1 vet visit (that I paid part of) and the very beginning essentials. Since then, she... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jul 20, 2020

Vet records usually are not considered ownership documents in and of themselves. Purchase or adoption paperwork are #1; microchip or registration records are usually #2; then vet records at looked at. So, it's hard to answer your question. That said, since you know she is the original owner,... Read more »

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Q: What are the laws when a breeder sells you a dog and the dog dies due to a illness the breeder knew about?

The breeder knew about the illness but didn’t tell us about the illness.

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jul 18, 2020

It usually depends on the language in the purchase contract, but if the contract doesn’t cover this sort of illness or you can prove the breeder knew about the illness, you Can sue for your financial losses and vet bills.

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Q: Am I at fault for my dog killing my neighbors cat that came onto my property and was chased into the woods?

Shes said that he came onto her property which is a lie.. he was on our back pouch and the cat came to my back yard and was chased.. she's threatening to call the cops and sue and gave me a $1200 vet bill.

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jul 7, 2020

I don’t know what you mean by “it was chased,” but it’s up to animal control if they will press charges. She could sue you civilly but she would be limited to the value of the cat or the vet bills, if the cat survived.

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Q: What's the law in Tennessee for someone who doesn't return a found pet to its owner?
Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jul 5, 2020

You either can call the police to get your dog back, or, if they won’t help, you’ll have to sue this person to get your dog back.

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Q: My ex boyfriend bought me a dog so when I left I took him with me . Now hes saying he’s goin to call the cops on me

What should I do ?

Paul E. Tennison
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Paul E. Tennison
answered on Jun 22, 2020

I have actually seen this come up a few times with clients and potential clients. If he calls the cops, they are most likely not going to arrest you here. They will probably tell him the custody of the dog is in dispute so he should hire an attorney as this is a civil matter. Based on the facts as... Read more »

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Q: Animal rescue is rescinding an adoption contract

An animal rescue is trying to rescind an adoption and obtain a warrant to take back my puppy stating I am hoarding animals due to a dog fight on my property (5 cats & 5 dogs). I got rid of the vicious dog (foster - 6th dog) and the puppy was nowhere near the fight; kept apart from all others on... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
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Paul E. Tennison
answered on May 4, 2020

I recommend you consult with an attorney. In general, anyone that has a contract in Tennessee could sue the other party for breach of contract allegations. Whether there was in fact a breach is a question of fact that would be determined by the Jury (if a jury trial) if the case proceeds to trial.... Read more »

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Q: She has 25 dogs, with no vaccines some are in big fences some aren’t What can I do without getting the family in trouble

They are fed and giving water daily but they don’t play with them. And the ones in the house aren’t potty trained and they have about 10 cats.

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Apr 23, 2020

Your question is not clear. If you are concerned about the animals call animal control.

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