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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for North Carolina on
Q: An ATT tech hit my dog in front of our house, on a private driveway. They denied the claim because my dog was loose.

The dog wasn't on public road, but on the side of a private driveway, defecating. The driver was going too fast, was not paying attention, and hit and crushed her skull with his truck. My understanding is that my dog can be loose on private property. She did not run to, or in front of the truck.... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 7, 2020

File a claim with their insurance company. You can claim for the financial loss, and also may have a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress. I'd suggest you talk to a member of the NC Trial Lawyers Assn/Assn for Justice --- they focus their practice on these types of cases, and give... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Business Law for Tennessee on
Q: Is it illegal to run a dog kennel business out of a garage? Murfreesboro, TN

There is a home near to me and they have several dogs in crates in their garage. They also have about 6 puppies that they put in their front yard in a small cage. I have never seen anyone spend time with any of the dogs. They do open the garage door occasionally and when they do the dogs... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Feb 7, 2020

If you suspect this is animal cruelty or unlawful contact PAWS in Rutherford County at 615-898-7740. They should be able to respond.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Someone gave us a dog 8 months ago cause she couldn’t take care of him.. now she’s trying to take him from us

Is it possible for her to just take the dog after basically just abandoning him ?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 6, 2020

Get him licensed, chipped and shots in your name and build a fence

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My dog was attacked by two other dogs their owner got in between the dogs and claims my dog bit her im facing charges

No witness to which dog actually bit her. The other two dogs have been known to be aggressive in the past. My dog is being deemed dangerous but he was the one attacked. Im facing charges for the altercation and i would like to know what defenses i have against these charges and if the other party... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Feb 6, 2020

It would be best to get the discovery and meet with an attorney who can look over the discovery and provide you with the best idea for your defense. Dangerous dog charges are serious criminal charges that follow you and your dog. It’s best to talk to an attorney to protect you and your dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: What steps do I take to fight for my dog back that is being neglected by its new owners?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 6, 2020

If he has "new owners", its not your dog anymore. Call Animal Control if you are concerned.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: A stray dog came in my yard. My dog and stray dog got into fight causing stitches for the stray dog. Who's liable?
Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Feb 6, 2020

No one, likely. Unless you can find an owner for the dog who bit your dog.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for California on
Q: In CA, if I see a dog that I previously owned being neglected, what are the charges held against me if I take him?

I would like to take him back and give him the proper medical attention.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 6, 2020

You can be criminally charged with Robbery (Penal Code section 211), or Larceny (Penal Code sections 484 & 487), depending on circumstances. You can also be sued for Trespass and Conversion, with an allegation of punitive damages. It's not your dog and you have no right to take him. If the dog... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My dog is in 10 days quarantine, he has been falsely accused, no evidence of biting or even a skin scratch.

officer stated that if the dog gets other complaint it will be impounded. The office filed a claim against my dog without any evidence. the question is can this event be removed from my dog records? all this happens in City and County of Denver

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Feb 5, 2020

The record follows you, not your dog. Either way, it can’t be removed. He should be released back to you at the end of the 10 day quarantine. If you had charges filed against you, or you don’t get your dog back, you should call an animal attorney to help you.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Do I have to show proof of rabies vaccine if my dog was not running loose and didn't not bite anyone?

My dog got her chain wrapped around her foot while we were sleeping and my neighbor called animal control. I don't have her vaccination records and cannot get them

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 3, 2020

Probably yes, since animal control is entitled to investigate the complaint. You need to immediately establish the dog with a new vet and see that the dog is up to date on all shots, including rabies.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Stray dog in Colorado, how long before I can legally keep if I have reported to shelters and tried to find owners?

I found a skinny, matted stray dog in Colorado. Reported it to every local shelter, posted on Facebook and NextDoor, but no one has claimed her. Can I claim her as mine legally? Is there a period of time I need to wait? I'm not a licensed rescue.

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

Since dogs are considered property in Colorado and there is no specific "abandoned dog" statute, we have to look at the statute for abandoned property. The statute of limitations to legally claim abandoned or lost property in CO is 5 years. Obviously that is a long time in the life of a dog! But,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: A neighbor accused our dog of fighting her dog breaking a tooth. No proof it was done in her yard. Do we pay Vet bill?

Her dog has jumped on our dog numerous times and another neighbor has had to get 1st neighbor’s dog off our dog. And it’s happened on our property.

She took her dog to vet for broken tooth from the dogs fighting and had them send us the bill. Are we responsible to pay even though she... Read more »

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

Make sure your dog's shots and license are all up to date. Tell her you need a photo, video or other evidence. Then buy a fence.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: IN RESPONSE TO MR. LIGHT, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR REPLY.

The situation I am in is compicated and horrible,two houses down and owners that used to be friends. the woman has serious emotional issues and got the horse so she can own one.The horse is only a possession, neither of them have any interest in the horse, so it stands there completely isolated in... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 1, 2020

Maybe you can ask the owner if you can work with the horse, if you can't buy her, assuming Animal Control finds no neglect.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: INTERPRETATION OF AMBIGUOUS ANIMAL RIGHTS LAWS

Hi, I am going through the process of trying to help a neglected horse. The poor thing is completely isolated and kept in a small fenced enclosure in the backyard. She is only given food, water and shelter with no other care that is crucial for a horses health and welfare. I will be submitting a... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 1, 2020

Your books on best practices for horse care are irrelevant. The law does not impose a duty to provide the best care required for a horse to be healthy and happy. The law imposes a minimum standard. Those minimum standards are:

Horses must be provided with necessary food, drink and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Found puppy with no tags while at work. Took home. No owners found. Can lose job if claimed after given away?

Boyfriend found a puppy while at work with no collar, no tags, and loaded him up in his work truck and brought him home! We have had him in our possession for 7 full days. We have looked for owners in neighborhood the puppy was found, looked for lost posters/signs as well as waited for someone to... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 1, 2020

Give the dog to a good home.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Hi, my neighbors dog broke thru the fence and came into our yard and garage

If my dog is pregnant, are they responsible?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 31, 2020

They are responsible for harm caused by their dog if they negligently controlled it. Has your dog been harmed? If you think you are entitled to payment, for what, exactly? Does your dog need a veterinarian? Or, do you want some money just because she is pregnant? How many puppies does the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My friend just told me that the city came to take her female dog away. Unless they payed (she didn’t tell me how much).

Is this a thing? I never heard of anything like that.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 31, 2020

There is more to this story. The city doesn't kidnap dogs and hold them for ransom.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Can we get a dog back after selling to a “friend” who isn’t able to care for it but still refuses to give it back to us?

She keeps him in the garage all the time, fails to keep the puppies shots up to date, he is going to be 4 months soon and he is still on his second shot because they don’t have “money” to pay for it, doesn’t have time for it because she has two toddlers and STILL refuses to give him to... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 31, 2020

You can make a report to Animal Control. Unless your sale agreement provides you with some authority to renege on the sale, you do not have the ability to take the dog back. ci.wasco.ca.us/city-departments/public-works/wasco-animal-shelter/

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I keep a dog I've been dog sitting for about 4 months?

We were only supposed to keep her for a week or two, but it's been about 4 months with almost no contact from the original owner and now they want to take her back. I am really worried that it won't be good for her to go back to an owner she doesn't know, and just never see us or our other pets... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 30, 2020

Unfortunately, no. If the owner never gave the dog to you and is now demanding him/her back, you are required by law to give the dog back. Now, you could always try to offer money to buy the dog from the original owner, but whether or not the owner will accept is up to that person.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Sold someone a dog in payments made a contract but they refuse to pay what can I do
William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 30, 2020

If you could convince a Small Claims judge that the purchaser is in breach of the sales agreement, you can get a judgment for unpaid value of the sale, or return of the dog. If you sue, bring all evidence that of the sale, and of the payments made, of your your efforts to get full payment (emails,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: does Kentucky have a last stating a person can only own two dogs?

I was told, by animal control, there is a state law that says no one is allowed to own more than two dogs. This sounds crazy to me.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 30, 2020

No. There is no such law.

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