Arizona Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: Vet wanted payment/proof/collateral before starting emergency treatment on my 2, possibly poisoned dogs. Is this legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Arizona on
Answered on Jun 20, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Tacky but not illegal. There is no obligation on a vet to render aid.

Q: My Service dog's foster mother took my dog out of my house and put her in her car without my permission.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Jun 13, 2018
Zachary Divelbiss' answer
This is a very unfortunate situation. I recommend contacting the police to file a police report if you want to pursue criminal charges against the ex. If you are looking to sue the ex directly for stolen property then you will need to contact a civil litigation attorney who can help you out. Animals are considered property in the eyes of the law so civil attorneys can help you the most and you may wish to repost your question to the civil law forum get more answers. Good luck.

Q: My friend gave me her dog several months ago. She was watching it for me while on vacation, and her ex stole the dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Arizona on
Answered on Jun 13, 2018
Zachary Divelbiss' answer
This is a very unfortunate situation and even more unfortunate, it happens frequently. I recommend contacting the police to file a police report if you want to pursue criminal charges against the ex. If you are looking to sue the ex directly then you will need to contact a civil litigation attorney who can help you out. Animals are considered property in the eyes of the law so civil attorneys can help you the most and you may wish to repost your question to the civil law forum get more answers....

Q: My Son got bit in the face by a dog in CA. We live in AZ. Where should I look for an Attorfor? in AZ or CA?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Arizona on
Answered on May 22, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
California. Contact a member of CAOC in the county where it happened. They give free consults.

Q: my dog was taken 3 years ago we found him but people wont give him back what can i do legally

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Apr 24, 2018
Mr Frankie Adamo Esq's answer
Before we begin, how do you know that the "lady" did not bring the dog to the pound and, after a period of time has past, simply adopted the dog? Sadly, animals that are in the pound too long without being adopted are subject to euthanized. Often, the person bringing the dog to the pound will ask to be notified, if no one claims the dog. Three years is a long time.

I suggest you find out first whether or not she legally adopted the dog. The pound should have records.

Q: My housekeeper picked up my small dog, dropped her and broke her leg. I'm now up to &10k in med expenses. Can I sue her?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Feb 7, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Well, you know how much your housekeeper makes. If you get a judgment can she pay it? If not then you just spent time, likely money, to get a piece of paper.

You would also have to show she's careless. If she can say she picked him up as she has done before, no problem, but the little imp suddenly rolle and wriggled at the same time and she lost hold of him, etc etc--well, a judge could conclude she wansn't careless. She was careful, but dogs will be dogs.

Q: My mom stole my puppies while I was on vacation and she admitted it to me over text message what can I do

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Jul 12, 2016
Matthew Maerowitz's answer
I'm assuming you are over 18. Regardless, you should really try to work this out with your mother. She might have been genuinely concerned about the puppies. Who was responsible for taking care of them while you were on vacation? Is she harming the dogs? If the dogs are in danger you can contact animal control. I can't imagine this was anything malicious or why she would possibly take on the huge responsibility of caring for the dogs. If the puppies are doing fine, do you really want to...

Q: What can I do if my dogs run out and get in to a Neighbors property and they get shot and killed.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Feb 4, 2016
Adam Studnicki's answer
You can report it to the authorities and/or file a lawsuit.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the relevant facts and documents. I strongly encourage you to consult with a local lawyer to get legal advice and help with...

Q: My ex boyfriend from over 4 years ago is just now trying to take me to court over my dog. What could happen.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Jan 25, 2016
Jay Hall's answer
Consult with an attorney. In these cases, it's likely a cease and desist letter from an attorney can avoid any escalation.

Q: If my dog is staying with family and they decided they don't like her and want to get rid of her what do I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Dec 28, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
If the dog is yours, get it back (without disturbing the peace). If they won't give it back, you can file a lawsuit.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the relevant facts and documents. I strongly encourage you to...

Q: If you give your dog up for adoption then it bites someone, can they sue you knowing that it's bitten in the past

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Dec 19, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
Anyone can sue, doesn't mean it's a good case.More info is needed to analyze your particular situation. Let your insurance handle it.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the relevant facts and documents. I strongly...

Q: My dog was dognapped three years ago and she is missing again the people that took her put up new flyers. Can I sue?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Communications Law, Education Law, Family Law and Public Benefits for Arizona on
Answered on Dec 19, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
If your dog was stolen, the passage of time doesn't change the fact it's your dog. There are deadlines for filing lawsuits, but sometimes exceptions apply.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the relevant facts and...

Q: When/how is a dog considered your own? Does it have to be licensed before you can claim it at your own dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Dec 19, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
Depends on how you acquire it and other factors.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the relevant facts and documents. I strongly encourage you to consult with a local lawyer to get legal advice and help with your...

Q: Am I still able to get mine and my husband's dog back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Nov 8, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
If it's your dog and your didn't give or sell him, you should be able to get him back or sue for the value. But the other person's story might be that it was a gift, who knows. A local animal lawyer can advise. Small claims court might be an option.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a...

Q: My old roommate left her two dogs at my house when she moved out a year ago how long til the dogs are mine?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Oct 11, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
If they dogs are her property, then they are her property. You might ask for compensation for your costs in taking care of her property.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the relevant facts and documents. I strongly...

Q: We took our deceased dog to a clinic for cremation. They said state law required copy of drivers license. True?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Aug 5, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
Not sure, but why should that be a problem?

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education only. It is not legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the relevant facts and documents. I strongly encourage you to consult with a local lawyer to get legal...

Q: is it legal to leave a dog in a backyard if a neighbor is checking on it?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Jul 19, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
I'm not aware of any statutes that make it illegal as long as the dog is properly being taken care of. A criminal lawyer can verify.

Q: Is it legal to put a dog down at home in Arizona?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Jul 14, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
I don't know for sure, but I do know there are companies that will come to your home and help you with this humanely. I know someone who did it with their kitty and it made a horrible experience a bit more palatable, knowing her pet died at home, peacefully.

Q: What happens if you abandon a pregnant dog in az.in the summer when its 115 degrees out

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Jul 14, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
Animal cruelty is a crime in Arizona. As well it should be!

Q: My dog grooming business is being sued for injury to a dog. Part of their claim is for emotional trauma. This possible?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona on
Answered on Jul 2, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
Generally speaking, animals are considered property in Arizona and damage to property generally does not include emotional trauma. Turn it over to your business insurance to handle.

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