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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Am I going to jail I went and got my dog up from my aunt's and now she is saying I stole her dog and is pressing charges

I allowed my dog to stay in my aunt's care while I was working in multiple different towns for a year. We never discussed or signed anything. When I was able I went and picked her up from my aunt while she was home she is now saying I stole her and she filed a police report and is pressing... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Sep 7, 2020

You will be arrested and taken to jail if a law enforcement officer believes you committed a crime. In some situations, the officer must first get an arrest warrant by convincing a judge that there is "probable cause" to believe you committed a crime, but any officer worth his salt... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: 2 women saying they are suing me because they prepaid for my dogs to get fixed & I didn't show. they won't show me proof

I didn't show because I tried to call their vet and they got ugly and said don't contact their vet again. They text me and won't tell me who they are. I feel harassed don't they have to show me proof where they paid to see what I may owe them?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 24, 2020

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. From the description, it isn't fully clear what happened, but in terms of the proof you ask about, if they are suing, they would likely need to present that in the discovery phase of any lawsuit. Good luck... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: My dog was taken by a rescue and I they don’t want to update me on him or give him back. I’ve tried contacting them...

Several times yet no answer. I want my dog back and I am literally miserable without him. I want to press charges and or sue the rescue for not giving him back even though he is mine! Can I do that?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 24, 2020

It depends on the laws of your state and how/why they got got possession of him in the first place. More facts are needed to answer this question properly.

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Will I have a case against a dog trainer if her method has caused physical and emotional injuries?

My girlfriend & I hired a trainer (P) from Thumbtack because our dog was showing signs of aggression. Our dog would bark at strangers & other dogs; he had snapped at my girlfriend a few times but had never caused any injuries.

We hired P, and she told us it will get better but... Read more »

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

I realize the irony of what I'm about to say, but I'm going to say it, anyway: don't take advice from people on the internet - especially if they're not professionals.

That said, it's unclear from what you wrote whether liability can be imposed on the trainer. More...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: I lent someone $800 to buy a dog once breaded they would pay me 1600 can sue for non payment and keep the dog?

The deal was they would pay me 1600 once the dog was breeded and had puppies, the dog has been breeded 4 times already and I have only received $50. I have lost my apartment along with my car,can I sue and keep the dog f or non paymnt AND 3 years have already passed

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

You can sue for what you were promised, and any additional damages related to non performance of the contract (verbal or written)

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Can you sue a breeder if they've sold you a dog that has cataracts (genetic) and didn't foreclose of thar or provided

There were no contracts involved

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 2, 2020

It depends on what the health clause in your purchase contract says.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: In the state of Texas can I have my girlfriend's dog removed from the house for attacking me it has a history of that
Hon. Richard W. B. Davis
Hon. Richard W. B. Davis answered on Jun 4, 2020

It depends on whether or not her name is on the lease. If not, then you probably could, but you might have to remove your girlfriend also.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Animal / Dog Law, Elder Law and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: under what circumstance can my 15 cats be taken from me?
Chad Zubi
Chad Zubi answered on May 30, 2020

You need to give some more background information. Your question is too broad to give a good answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Texas on
Q: Where can I find the laws regarding emancipation of a dog.

I grew up in the backwoods up north, and wile growing up I’d seen people put down their own dogs at old age or for aggression. We have a dog that has bit me once in the past and has gotten more aggressive since then. He’s been a close pet for a long time, and I’d rather put him down myself if... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 20, 2020

The question text says "emancipation" but it seems like you are asking about "euthanization." If you are considering killing your pet please consult the law for CRUELTY TO NONLIVESTOCK ANIMALS which you can read at this URL:

see https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/PE/htm/PE.42.htm#42.092

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: My certified service dog was stolen, is there a special crimal charge because its a sevice dog
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 11, 2020

The various laws involving Theft are in chapter 31 of the Texas Penal Code, the law on abusing a non-livestock animal is in chapter 42, and the law on interfering with a POLICE service animal is in chapter 38.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: What are the chances of this being a bonafide animal cruelty charge? or the dog seized?

A friend fears her dog being removed from her, as a result of grabbing the dog, prying its mouth open using her own hands and using her knuckles to rub the skin over the teeth so the dog would release some over the counter liquigel capsules. She grabbed him by the head and shoulders in panic and... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 6, 2020

There is no specific list of what is or is not animal cruelty. The intent behind a behavior can determine whether or not any crime was committed. For example, suppose Jason cuts your torso wide open with a sharp knife. He may have committed a crime like Aggravated Assault or Attempted Murder or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: In Texas, what constitutes animal cruelty on both the municipal and federal levels? Spanking? Screaming? Slapping?

A friend fears her dog being removed from her, as a result of grabbing the dog, prying its mouth open using her own hands and using her knuckles to rub the skin over the teeth so the dog would release some over the counter liquigel capsules. She grabbed him by the head and shoulders in panic and... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 5, 2020

Anyone can be arrested for anything. However, they will only be convicted if they take a plea deal or if the government can prove every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.

It sounds like you are asking about Texas Penal Code Sec. 42.092 CRUELTY TO NONLIVESTOCK ANIMALS which...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: My boyfriend and I are splitting, how can I keep my dogs ? Texas law

We are splitting after living 6 years together, He wants to keep one of the two dogs that we have, I want to keep both dogs, What are the legal ways that I can keep them?, he payed for the dogs and the vets bills, their chip and vets paperwork are on my name. I educated them, I take care of them, I... Read more »

Michael Glynn Busby Jr
Michael Glynn Busby Jr answered on Mar 29, 2020

Pets in Texas are treated as property. You have to be married to divide property. You maybe able to find a civil attorney that will file a case in a Justice of the Peace court and you can see what happens. I would says that the judge would likely dismiss and state you cannot get relief. A... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: What kind of lawyer should I hire that deals with puppy contracts?

I recently bought a dog, as I took him to the vet they believe he has a genetic illness that was caused by a dog being misbred. I contacted the store many times and they will not let me get in contact with the owner or manager. The associate always advises me to contact them later or email. I have... Read more »

Matthew Valley
Matthew Valley answered on Mar 28, 2020

Talk to a local consumer lawyer to discuss your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: I hit a dog that ran in front of me on the road and my car is damaged,the person told me they've got no homeowners/

Rental insurance cause they're renting from a relative, I had no way to avoid the dog, is it worth going after the person to get my $501 deductible back I'm having to pay for my insurance to fix my car?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 12, 2020

It's up to you. Understand if you get a judgment and they have no money, then you have to chase them for that.However, if your car insurance goes after them they should give you back the deductible.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: A lady in town went to jail and her dog went to the pound. She knew where the dog was and no one claimed it.

I adopted it. Now a year later she wants the dog back. This is in Texas. She said her lawyer is going to sue to get the dog back. Because the charges against her are being dismissed.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 13, 2020

After so many days at the pound, the dog is considered surrendered. Even if adopted out an owner has a right to re-claim the proeprty but it must be done so within a certain time frame, this is typically 30 days. I do not think a year is reasonable; however, I do not know all the particular... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Can my parents give away my dog or sell him even though I legally adopted him?

I’m 15 my parents want to give or sell him just because he poops when I’m in the shower.Just say he is 8 years old and he’s a senior.Also what do I do if they do how could I get him back?pls I need to know

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 7, 2020

Your parents are the legal guardians of you so technically they have control over decisions with you including whether or not you have pets.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Can you bring a defendant's service dog into the courtroom during his hearing?
Roy Lee Warren
Roy Lee Warren answered on Dec 30, 2019

I believe so (my wife said yes) but it must be a certified service dog that has current registration and training. If the dog poses a threat for some reason I am sure it would be excluded. You should be able to ask the court you plan to attend.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Can I take my neighbors dog? They never care when I bring it home and they dont take care of it. It's always at my house

They let it right back out everytime I take it home. I've asked them to please keep it put my yard and nothing works

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Dec 16, 2019

No, you cannot just take someone's dog. I would suggest asking them if you can keep the dog. Otherwise, make a complaint to the appropriate agency if you do not want the behavior to continue.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: If a minor pays for an animal (Ex. A new kitten) with their own money can their parent legally give the pet away?

So I'm a teenager and I want to adopt a kitten but I want to make sure my parent can't legally just give my cat away without my permission simply because they don't like the cat, even though it will belong to me.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Nov 22, 2019

If you're a minor, your parents still have the final say.

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