Timothy Denison's answer Yes. You have recourse. Get all your payments together and present them to the children. If they don’t reimburse you or give you the dogs, you may have to file suit for your money.
Juliet Piccone's answer This is not the type of question that can be answered without more information. I would highly recommend that you contact an attorney who handles these matters on a regular basis. In general, when a disabled person is incarcerated the police can impound service dogs unless the disabled person's condition absolutely cannot be ameliorated by other means, for example a person or medication that the jail would have to supply. Every jurisdiction is different as far as what notice needs to be...
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer If you bought the dog, then until you sold the dog to new owners, it can be argued that it was your responsibility to properly vaccinate the dog with the parvo virus and other relevant vaccines. It sounds like the owner and the in-laws were merely boarding the dog for you while you found a new owner. I hear no acceptance of liability by them in your stated facts, nor any contractual relationship that points to any liability by them. Did the sellers tell you that they had vaccinated the dog...
William John Light's answer Sound like you need to find another home for your dog. You can't force your uncle to take care of him. He doesn't want the dog at his home anymore and has informed you of that. If you don't pick up the dog, he might be able to argue that you abandoned it. He would then be free to find another home for it.
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer If you don't want to spend the money, for either a fence or an attorney, and if animal control won't help, the only remaining option is to not let your children out of the house unaccompanied.
If I were you I would advise the neighbors that, if they continue to let the dogs into the front yard, I wouldn't be so careful to hit the brakes in the future.
Timothy Denison's answer Obviously, if you could get the dog back, problem solved. If you cannot get the dog back, there’s really nothing she can do to you. She had the opportunity to get him back when you told her and couldn’t so her window has closed.
William John Light's answer You can be sued if your negligence caused harm to another person, or to their property. Here, the issue is damage to property (I assume that the dog owner was uninjured). If the other dog was uninjured and you have already paid for the initial vet visit to confirm that, I do not understand why you would be sued. If you are sued, tender the lawsuit to your insurer. Many homeowner policies provide coverage for this type of claim.
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer Technically, yes, you could be charged with theft. It would be up to the responding police officer whether to charge you or not. It would most likely be a misdemeanor unless they claim the dog is worth more than a few hundred dollars. I think your statement that you should call animal control next time is correct. Also, be careful about what you post online because IF you ARE charged, it could be used against you in court.
Next, it is possible that euthanizing a healthy animal may constitute the crime of animal cruelty. However, it is likely that we don't have all the facts that led to the decision to euthanize the animal. It seems improbable that a veterinarian would euthanize a dog for "no true reason".
William John Light's answer If you contend that the prior owner abandoned him or gave him to you, you are now the new owner and are under no obligation to return the dog. If she contends that there was an "open adoption" in which she was entitled to return of the dog upon her notice, then you have to give the dog back. There is no resolution of these positions. She can report the dog stolen. She can file suit in Small Claims against you and request an Order for return of the dog. If she wins, then you have to return...
Kathryn Hilbush's answer I doubt you can sue her for theft since your uncle handed the dog over to her. Maybe if you offer to reimburse her for the vet bills she'll return the dog. Since she seems to care enough for the dog to spend a decent amount of money on her, perhaps the nicest thing you can do for your dog is allow her to stay where she is and get yourself another one to love.
Charles M. Baron's answer If it's truly a certified service dog that serves the girl, yes, she has the right to have such a dog at ANY weight. HOWEVER, service dogs are NEVER vicious! They are trained to be very tolerant of people and dogs. Therefore, sounds like there is fraud going on, and there should be a legally proper inquiry to verify the dog's status. There is plenty of material on-line on what constitutes a legally proper inquiry, but if you have trouble finding that out, set an appointment with an attorney...
William John Light's answer You cannot take somebody else's animal because you don't approve of the manner in which they care for it. If you suspect Animal Cruelty, notify your local Animal Control office.
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