Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers
1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: In California, can I sue the buyer for breach of contract and get the dogs back ? Along with monetary penalty ?

Buyer signed a contract. Breached contract in a few places the biggest being unauthorized breeding falling under “whether intentional or accidental” I have a monetary fee as well

As I can request the dogs back. I reached out to her and she blocked me. I filed in small

Claims but... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 8, 2020

Small claims is a division of the Superior Court and has jurisdiction over most civil disputes. It can provide the same remedies as the BIG court. However, Small Claims cannot hear a case that is just for "injunction" or an Order for her to return the dog to you. You have to be asking... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Is it against the law in CA for a neighbor to take our cat days at a time?

these crazy neighbors have been holding our cat hostage inside for days at a time. They have been positive for corona virus and I'm 7 months pregnant. I tried calling police but they said a cat isn't considered property. Its causing me a lot of stress. I though pets were property, isnt this thef?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Sep 8, 2020

The police are clearly just being lazy in this situation. You can call the chief and file a complaint against the officers. The squeaky wheel gets oiled the most!

To answer your question, yes, animals (cats and dogs and cows, pigs, birds, all animals, etc.) are considered property. So, the...
Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on
Q: I have a dog at large arraignment coming up but I don’t want to waste a date off work.

Can I plead guilty ahead of time and just pay the fine or do I actually have to go to court? My dog did get out, no one was bitten and no property was damaged.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 8, 2020

You should contact the court, or better yet, contact a local attorney to guide you through the process as to how that particular court handles things.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My roommate went in my room stole my cat and moved out i have him on camera, what can I do?

I rent a Room in a house I had a roommate who was in the middle of moving now I was gone for the day I have a camera in my Room that records in case anyone comes into my Room and takes things or breaks things because things have been missing this same roommate who was in the middle of moving out... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 7, 2020

Call the police.

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 Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Is it illegal to give dog water from a water bottle through a fence? It’s 113 today.
William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 6, 2020

It's illegal to trespass. If you aren't trespassing, I don't think it's illegal. If the dog is in danger, call Animal Control.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: my ex girlfriend stole my therapy dog How can I get him back?
Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Sep 5, 2020

If you are on a budget, you can file a lawsuit in small claims court and request injunctive relief for the return of the dog.

If money is no object, you could hire an attorney to file a lawsuit for injunctive relief. But this would likely run into the thousands of dollars. If your ex...
Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Divorce and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Divorce and dogs

I am 20 years old and live with my mother. My dad is going through a terrible divorce with my ex step mom. On December 4,2018 my step mom moved out of the house, leaving both of the dogs behind. I was in love with one of the little dogs and wanted to take it in as my own To live with me at my moms... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Sep 5, 2020

You will be hard-pressed to get an attorney to say with certainty that you could never be ordered to surrender the animal, I will say, however, that it is unlikely. First, she abandoned the animal and animals are considered property. Second, your father can likely only be held responsible for the... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: My neighbor dog break all day and night call 3time and now I have to go to court

My neighbor are saying I was the problem why there dog break .I have call cops at 10 or 11 clock at night about this dog

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 4, 2020

I’m sorry to hear you have to go to court. From what I can gather from your post it sounds like there’s a history of animosity between you and the neighbor over the dog barking. Without knowing more, I simply would advise you to carefully read the ticket summoning you to court so you can begin... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Kentucky on
Q: Can my landlord evict me over the breed of my animal if it is an emotional support animal?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 3, 2020

Not if you prove that the basis of eviction is false.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
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
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: My ex is trying to keep my cat. He lived with me when I adopted her, but I am on the adoption papers. What can I do?

My ex and I were on good terms after the breakup and I needed to have a home for my cat while I found an apartment. He offered to keep her at his moms house until I moved into my new place. 3 months go by and I am now moving into my place but he is refusing to give her back. My name is on the... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Sep 3, 2020

You can file a small claims action in your local county's municipal court and ask for the return of the cat. If you have the original adoption papers and veterinary records, you may have a good case. If you have texts/emails with him indicating the original intention to get the cat back, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Breeder of $2k bulldog pup let pup go home with a buyer (ex’s cousin) & do payments. She had me babysit twice and ...

Upon picking the pup up from their home, the grandma (slow, overwhelmed loud) is there with the two twins & toddler. I didn’t know she would be spending so much time w/pup while the they work full days & many vacations a year. I don’t contract to sell to neglect & abusive... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Sep 1, 2020

So, repo (repossession) would require you to prove a breach of contract for nonpayment. You can file a lawsuit under a verbal agreement because that is as enforceable as a written contract. You just have the additional hurdle of proving the contract existed. This can easily be done given the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Connecticut on
Q: Dog licensed in Ct , brought to NY by exboyfriend after an argument. He tells me the dog cannot travel to Ct

He tells me the dog cannot travel across state lines. Is this the law?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Sep 1, 2020

No. As long as they are not being transported for commercial purposes, they do not need a permit for transport. They should have all their shots prior to transport if they are a family dog, but that's generally the only requirement.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My ex bf left 5 dogs at my house, I have asked him to pick them up several times. What are my options to remove them?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 31, 2020

Keep them as your own or turn them over to the animal shelter.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: , we have a pit bull that gets off her leash and runs to the neighborhood afew blocks down, Someone called the cops

Is that legal and what is the citation for can I be to in court

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 31, 2020

You need to buy a harness, not just a collar to walk your Pitt. You need a fenced yard, not just a chain for your dog to sit outside without you. You can be cited for violating a leash law. Work with your dog and treats in your pocket to teach him commands. You need to do this or you can easily... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Breeder of $2000 eng bulldog pup allowed pup to go home with a buyer and do payments. She had me babysit twice and ...

I recognized signs of minor animal abuse. I Do not want to continue the sale. Do I have the right to go take him? She still owes 500. And I will give her back the payments she has paid. We live in Salem,Oregon. We do not have a formal contract. I think this is time sensitive. Can anyone please... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Aug 30, 2020

Assuming you keep the dog and issue a refund, what is the worst they buyer can legally do? The buyer could issue a demand under ORS 20.082 for breach of contract, wait 30 days, and sue for specific performance and demand attorney fees and costs and prevail. In this case, the buyer would get the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Can dog seller who did not provide any paperwork sue me for animal abandonment when I did not receive the dog?

I paid for the dog through Zelle online. There was no paperwork. They said they took the dog to a delivery service, the service wanted me to zelle them additional $1,500 or provide gift card of equivalent amount for the crate. I wasn't aware I was supposed to rent electronic crate. After... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 30, 2020

They can sue you for anything. You can counter sue them for concealing material terms of the sale of the dog. It sounds like you were scammed, I would like to see them in Court. For your case of fraud, you can recover the cost of the dog, your emotional distress and punitive damages against this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Idaho on
Q: If someone tells you the puppies they are selling come from papered parents and the parents really aren’t papered is it

Illegal and can they get in trouble?

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Aug 26, 2020

Yes they can. At a minimum your sale, if you purchased a puppy under false pretenses, will be voided and the seller will have to refund your money. At worst, the seller is possibly guilty of "fraud." Fraud is serious. It requires you to prove that the seller 1. Made a statement which... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: My sister stole my dog (who is used as an emotional support animal)

my sister and I had a verbal agreement where I would become the final owner of her two dogs (she was not able to home them and didn't want them to be with my grandmother) i promised she could take them camping but they were becoming my children's emotional support animals so I would not... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Aug 26, 2020

Theoretically, you would have a claim against your sister for the tort of conversion. You could have an attorney send a demand under OS 20.080 for a return of the dog and give her 30 days to return the dog without incurring attorney fees or costs. Then you could file a lawsuit for injunctive... Read more »

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.