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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on

Q: Is it illegal to leave a dog in the car if all the windows in the car are down and they are very well taken care of

The was this woman who thinks it’s illegal to leave our dogs in the car when all the windows are down while we were eating she broke into our car

Brian Craig answered on Jul 8, 2019

The animal cruelty statute in Utah Code Ann. sec. 76-9-301 states that "a person is guilty of cruelty to an animal if the person . . . intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence . . . injures an animal [or] abandons an animal." The animal cruelty statute requires abandonment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: Is it illegal to dogsit at my apartment for my 70 year old grandmother’s pet if on the lease pets aren’t allowed?

My grandmother asked me to dog sit for her for two weeks while she’s moving. I let my landlord know out of decency and he told me it was okay. He has a father that is very controlling and isn’t the landlord and told him to tell me I can’t dog sit at my apartment. I went to speak to him and he... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 8, 2019

This is not a legal question; it is a practical question the answer to which is contained in your lease. And the fact that the landlord's daughter has had pets living at her apartment does NOT matter.

If you lease does NOT allow pets, then regardless of who said otherwise you may be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Child Custody for Ohio on

Q: My dog's bit the neighbor lady while she was on my property knowing that my dogs are defensive towards strangers

No one was home can she sue me for that

Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 8, 2019

Yes, she can sue you for her injury, even if she was on your property. A court would determine the extent to which you might be liable. If she does sue you, then report it to your homeowner insurance company. You might offer to pay her medical bills to avoid litigation.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Georgia on

Q: I live in an HOA Iam enduring harassment and nuisance behavior. My HOA won't help

This lady and her family bring her dogs to my home to do their business specifically in my yard even after I've asked them to stop.

Paula J. Mcgill answered on Jul 8, 2019

You can bring a civil action against her for nuisance and trespass.

If you haven't already done so, send a cease and desist letter or hire an attorney to do it. You can use that letter in court if she continues her behavior.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on

Q: This girl wants me to pay for her car while my dog got off the leash and she hit him.

Timothy Denison answered on Jul 7, 2019

Depending on the ordinances in your area, you may be liable for damages to the car.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Nevada on

Q: Nevada. Three dogs. One is esa. Am I required to tell potential landlord before applying if their pet allowance is 2 dog

I have three dogs one is documented as my emotional support animal by my doctor of several years. Am I required to inform potential landlords that I have an ESA before I apply to be a tenant ? The rental property I am interested in has a two pet policy, although I have three dogs one is ESA.... Read more »

Mike Branum answered on Jul 7, 2019

Probably not. There are a few limited exceptions to the Fair Housing Act but, unless one of the exceptions applies, the ESA is not considered a pet and therefore should not affect your ability to have two pets.

If you were my client I would advise you to tell the landlord up front that you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on

Q: my dog bit a person in CO. i have a court date in july. am i allowed to rehome the dog prior to the court date

out of state in NE?

Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 6, 2019

I’m unclear as to where you live. If you live out of CO, there is really no reason to rehome the dog. I would recommend behavioral therapy so you can keep the dog. Even if you live in CO, rejoining the dog prior to the court date will NOT make the criminal charges go away, so if that is the... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Georgia on

Q: What kind of attorney should I seek for a misdemeanor charge for leaving our dog in our car over lunch?

Dog was fine and animal control let us leave with the dog.

Brandon Alexander Thomas answered on Jul 6, 2019

It's a criminal charge so you would get a criminal attorney that handles misdemeanors.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on

Q: im currently in a animal cruelty case if found guilty what do they normally do?

so far the plea deal is one year in jail but they are talking about restitution and vet bills that is what they are seeking they didn't mention jail time except for the first court appearance it's been going on since September 2018

Timothy Denison answered on Jul 6, 2019

The penalty is up to a year in jail and/or up to $500 fine.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on

Q: Could I press charges against somebody who has fed my dogs without permission?

I have a neighbor that has fed my dogs many times and has been caught doing so, and we have approached him multiple times and he denies doing it though we have caught and approached him in the act! He has made both of our dog extremely sick, and almost killed one when she was younger. The first... Read more »

Brian Craig answered on Jul 5, 2019

A pet owner could file a complaint with the local police department for animal cruelty. Utah Code Ann. sec. 76-9-301 states that "a person is guilty of cruelty to an animal if the person . . . intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence . . . injures an animal."... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on

Q: I got a ticket because my dog or supposedly my dog barked at the neighbor at 11 at night can I fight this

Brian Craig answered on Jul 5, 2019

Noise laws are generally governed by city and county ordinances rather than state law. Under the state statute in Utah Code Ann. § 76-9-102A, a person is guilty of disorderly conduct if the person "makes unreasonable noises in a private place which can be heard in a public place." If the noise... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on

Q: I rehomed my 3yr old purebred dog to a nice girl and her two boys.. Under a strict buyer return policy. She let her ex

Husband take the dog and now the kids are out of the picture and my dog is unhappy. Can I take him back ? I was not told about the situation till now about 4 months later.

She was supposed to only give the dog back to me and I would refund her. Now he is with another person I know nothing... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 5, 2019

I strongly recommend you go to your Justice of the Peace and file a claim for "Conversion" against both husband and wife. The Justice of the Peace will have forms for you. In your claim, assert what the price for that kind of purebred dog is and ask for "Specific Performance" by return of the dog.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on

Q: what steps do I need to take to get my emotional support dog back?Cops said possession is 9/10 of the law!

I am the owner on all the paperwork and receipt of sale.I have been diagnosed with PTSD.Do I have no rights because the police officer pretty much said I didn’t!!My anxiety is through the roof!!!Help please!

Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jul 5, 2019

The police officer is incorrect. If you are the legal owner you have the right to your dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on

Q: Can an officer give you a ticket 2 weeks after the fact when he didn't address the issue the day of?

2 weeks ago my aunt called me and told me that the cop was at her house saying my dog and some other dog were wondering town and apparently bit another dog. I told my aunt there is no way it was my dog. I then asked to talk to the officer and he told me that someone needed to come get my dog... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Jul 5, 2019

Yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: Got dog on craigslist, didn't sign anything, paid for rehoming fee, dog needed surgery day after, they now want him back

We got the dog a month ago, put a lot of time & money into his rehoming. We didn't sign anything when we rehomed him, now the owner is claiming it wasn't in the persons name who sold it to us & that they want him back. The person who sold him said it was her teenage daughters dog & that the dog... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jul 4, 2019

Your question is tagged in MI, but is posted in CA. If you are in MI, talk to a MI attorney.

If the parent gave you the dog, then it's probably yours. In reality, the dog probably belonged to the parent. If you are sympathetic to the ownership of the teenager, then tell them that you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on

Q: I got my sister a dog for her birthday and told my mom if they did not want him to give him back cause I did pay for him

She gave him away anyone and I have messages proving she was to return him can I get the cops in on it to get him back

Timothy Denison answered on Jul 3, 2019

What is your question?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on

Q: My friend left her dog with me for about a week now can I possibly get her for abandonment

My friend got kicked out of her house and had to go live in a motel roomshe took her other big dog with her which is a great Pyrenees and she took her puppy and 2cats and kittens to the motel room with her but asked me if I could keep her bull massive because it doesn't get along with the great... Read more »

Timothy Denison answered on Jul 3, 2019

Not unless she fails to claim him within a reasonable time.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: Can we recover a dog from a person that rescued her from the shelter. we never saw her posting and we were checking dail

our dog was lost. somehow my wife saw a posting on a facebook. we never saw her at the shelter.

William John Light answered on Jul 3, 2019

If the dog strayed from your property, and was picked up and delivered to the shelter, and the shelter waited the appropriate length of time before adopting it, then there is nothing you can do.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: My neighbor is accusing me of beating my dog. Which is untrue. What are my rights to make her leave me alone.She’s crazy

My dogs are spoiled. Are their any laws to make people stay off your property. Can i get a restraining order on her? I rescue cats and feed strays so theirs a few outside my house now she’s telling me I have a animal problem and taking pictures of my car?? Do I have any rights against this crazy... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jul 3, 2019

If she is trespassing, call the police and get a restraining order. If you are attracting strays to your home and neighborhood, you might be creating a nuisance, and she might be able to get a restraining order against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Ohio on

Q: Can I sue the veterinarian if the kitten dies the day after she has been examined by the veterinarian?

I had a kitten that just passed away this morning after being sent home the day before as if the kitten would be okay without being hospitalized? I went to the vet so that thwy could administer the appropriate care to save her life but the veterinarian did not sufficiently treat the kitten who they... Read more »

Taylor P Waters answered on Jul 2, 2019

Probably not. You would need to prove the veterinarian recklessly treated your kitten, and even so, your recovery would be limited to the "value" of the kitten. Without knowing more, it is difficult to assess.

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