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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: My girlfriend who l lived with 11 years moved out and took the dogs we bought together. can i get shared custody?

She bought a house and came into my house when I was not there and took the dogs and now will not let me see them.

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 11, 2021

I’m not sure if your situation falls under common law marriage (or if Ohio recognizes such) so I’d suggest you figure that out first. You may need to file for divorce and division of debt/property.

If you are not considered common law married you need to file a replevin action against...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: My ex came in where we are both on the lease with his new girlfriend and stole my dog and went give it back

He has been gone with this girl for three weeks he came to two weeks of him being gone ...he took the only key so I could lock my door I started to record audio in case some one broke in ...well they came in for four hours took what ever they wanted went to work the next day and when I came home I... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 11, 2021

You have to appear or otherwise respond to the lawsuit, counterclaim against him for wrongful taking of your dog (replevin).

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: getting divorced we shared custody of the dog (which I bought) for a few weeks, she dropped him off now I don't want to

Give him back I have a protection order against her and the dog is on there as well. I have paid vet bills im the only one with a home. He is attached to this home because he has a puppy brother here as well. What kind of rights dose she have to the dog? It was not gifted to her. She took him when... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 11, 2021

The dog will be treated exactly as all your other property and I would make sure your final orders specifically state who gets the dog; shared custody cannot be ordered because it’s a dog not a child.

If you bought the dog during the marriage and it was not a replacement dog for one you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Our neighbors let their animals roam around, here in Colorado Springs, CO. They don't take care of them properly and...

Now we have a pitbull coming to our house all the time, to play with our dogs. He's the sweetest dog. He doesn't like to go back home because he loves us so much. Can we claim this dog if the owners let it roam? I'm afraid of it being hit by a car. The dog played as of his paw hurt,... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 11, 2021

See if HSPPR is still allowing at home stray holds. If yes, contact them stating you found this dog wandering multiple times and you’re afraid it will get hurt if allowed to roam but you’d rather have the dog do the required stray hold at your home instead of their shelter. State you want to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: My ex came in where we are both on the lease with his new girlfriend and stole my dog and went give it back

He has been gone with this girl for three weeks he told my landlord he was coming to get washer dryer and took well they also took my dog .. yes tried the police ...how do I get her back . ...I have vet papers with my name only

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 10, 2021

And you are asking how to get your dog back? Have you tried calling the police?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: We found a stray dog that we have been taking care of for a week. The local shelters would not take him.

We went to the house where we suspected the dog lived twice. We were informed by the woman in the house that the dog belongs to her brother who is homeless and on drugs. She told my boyfriend to keep the dog because she couldn't take it. We have had the dog for 1 week, and the alleged owner is... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Aug 9, 2021

If it's his dog and wants it back, you have no right to refuse him. Dogs are treated like personal property under the law with few exceptions. If the dog is running lose, you can contact animal control if you're concerned. Otherwise, if he agrees to give you ownership you can take the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: I have been caring and boarding two big dogs for over a year, the owner has only visited once. He is now refusing

To pay for the boarding fees, food costs. Do i have to surrender the poor dogs that he cant afford to feed? Can i claim ownership now that they are abandoned? There's been no communication for 3 months. What is the holding period in Texas?

Am i allowed to refuse to return his dogs... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Aug 9, 2021

They aren't legally just "abandoned," but under Texas Property Code Section 70.003, you have a lien on the dogs for the amount of the charges for their care, and can hold them until the charges are paid. To be able to sell them, you must comply with Section 70.005, and give notice... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Legal Malpractice for Florida on
Q: A veterinarian gave my dog the wrong dosage and now may need to be euthanized. Can I pursue legal action?

My dog was given a medication at 20mg dosage when it should have been 2.5mg. As a result of the wrong dosage and previous health issues she is now having acute kidney disease and may need to be euthanized. How do I go about pursuing legal action against the animal hospital involved?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 6, 2021

Most dogs don't have a market value of very much. Unlike people, you wouldn't be able to sue for "wrongful death". So you would sue in small claims court for the vet bill for the negligent procedure, as well as the cost of having the dog euthanized. That's about it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: If your dog bit another dog in nys first incident ever and we agreed to initial vet bills are we liable to pay if the

Dog ripped his own stitches open causing more vet bills?… 4 days after initial vet visit the owner showed up stating the wound was superficial no damage everyone was fine then called an hour after leaving my house stating he was taking the dog back to the vet. Now second vet bill was near 1000$.... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Aug 6, 2021

You did the right thing offering to pay for the damages caused by your dog. As for the new charge, that is a judgment call. An argument can be made that this is related to the injuries caused by your dog. However, if the owner did not take proper precautions to prevent reinjury, you should not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: My dog got out of pen and wandered into my neighbors yard. Now she won't return it..

After my dog got out of pen and went to neighbors yard she then caged her, in a small cage with no water in the direct sunlight of Louisiana, called the cops, they came and wrote me a citation and I was told she had the right to keep my dog or decide what to do with her now bc of her not having a... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 6, 2021

Check with the Humane Society if your dog goes missing. Get a copy of your dogs veterinarian records. Go file suit with your Justice of the Peace for Conversion.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Mississippi on
Q: What can be done legally when a dog killed my dog?

we were invited by a pitts owner who did not ensure the animal was secured and her stepson let him out who immediately attacked my dog. After 12000.00 vet bill, he died. I can prove he killed 20 chickens the week before and goats months before that. Thus is in smith county. I made a report ar... Read more »

Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon answered on Aug 3, 2021

You could potentially sue the owners of the pitbull. If the dog had a history of being violent, then they were effectively put on notice of the dogs violent propensities, which means that they could be found to be legally responsible for any damages to a person or their property.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Do I have any rights even though I relinquished them?

Unexpected death in immediate family out of state, nobody was willing/able to watch my dog while I was gone for the service. I could not board him on such short notice due to the boarding facility never having boarded my dog before. Explained situation to vet and they found a rescue for my dog to... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 1, 2021

Probably not. A competent animal attorney would need to review the documents you signed and obtain more factual information about the situation to see if you have any valid defense.

Have you tried contacting the rescue? Even if you have to pay to adopt him back you should try because...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I legally throw peanut shells into my neighbor’s yard? He put them there because he feeds the squirrels.
Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 1, 2021

No. That would be littering. However, it is not legal to feed squirrels in Denver.

Sec. 8-72. - Keeping wild or dangerous animals prohibited.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, maintain, feed, harbor, transport or sell within the city any living wild or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Q: Predator chased 2 horses, jumped fence ran into highway, killed, no injury , moderste auto damage what's my best options

Gates were locked. Fence made from approved height specs for horses. Added electric was up and secure across top food water hay available. Ran in front of car killed one injured euthanized other. No bodily injury to driver, moderate vehicle damage . Cited 2 counts of animal at large. Whitfield... Read more »

Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer answered on Jul 31, 2021

I advise working out restitution with the owner of the damaged property and then asking them to support you in requesting. dismissal of the charges. You appeared to act reasonably and accidents happen. At the same time there is strict liability in most animal ownership issues. I imagine,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can a dog be deemed vicious if it was provoked by another animal and hurt the other animal
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 30, 2021

Yes. Pet owners are 100% liable for any damages caused by their pets.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on
Q: I was told you can’t stop someone from taking a non service dog into a grocery store. True or false?

I work at a grocery store and people bring their dogs in there. One was barking. I reported it to a supervisor and they told me we can’t do anything unless someone files a complaint. I thought you could ask people to leave if they bring a dog inside that doesn’t qualify as a service dog.

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Jul 27, 2021

Your employer might want to contact an attorney to consult with on this matter. In general, the Michigan Modified Food Code (MMFC) has a pretty broad prohibition of animals in food establishments, but there are exceptions for animals controlled by persons with a disability. The ADA offers some... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My friend left his dog with a co-worker and they took the dog to the shelter instead

the shelter says to return the dog to my friend they have to travel back from the state they moved to and pay the fee for the spaying, vaccinating, flea treatment, and microchipping. Which sounds reasonable if my friend hadn't just moved to a different state and trusted the co-worker to take... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 27, 2021

What is your question?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Mississippi on
Q: If I suspect my neighbor picked up my dog and has kept her - what can I do ? Can I take them to court
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin answered on Jul 25, 2021

Yes, you can take them to court. You can contact law enforcement to file criminal charges and/or file a civil action.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Kentucky on
Q: Can a landlord evict immediately of dog never attacked but charged at another small dog on rental property?

My dog was on a leash and had a collar on and we were taking him to the car to arrive at another destination when my neighbor brought their small dog out which taunts mine. My dog just whined until the woman grabbed her dog and swung it like a rag doll and then mine broke his collar and charged at... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 18, 2021

The answer lies in your lease with the landlord.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: I sold a puppy that cought parvo. New owner dewormed at the same time and he died. Am I responsible

New owner was treating the puppy for Parvo via a vet, next day she dewormed him and 5 hours later he died. Now she wants to sew me for a refund and vet bills. She claims we sold her a sick puppy when parvo didn't show any signs until 12 days after she picked him up and and he died on day 14 in... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jul 18, 2021

It sounds like you have defenses to her claims.

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