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Q: When/how is a dog considered your own? Does it have to be licensed before you can claim it at your own dog?
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Dec 19, 2015

Depends on how you acquire it and other factors.

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

My dad had gotten a house with his ex-girlfriend and kids and wanted to have my dog there as a watch dog for a little while, however now they are broken up and she has my husband and I's dog. It has been about a year she's had him now and have been having trouble getting him back. He is... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Nov 8, 2015

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.

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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?

So my old roommate left her two dogs at my house a year ago along with her belongings and 3 months later she came to pick up her property. And when she did pick up her stuff, she didn't even inquire about taking the dogs with her and left them again at my house. Now it has been a year since... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Oct 11, 2015

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.

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

The clinic was in Arizona.

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 5, 2015

Not sure, but why should that be a problem?

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

Looks like my neighbor left and has their Great Dane in the backyard. I noticed the neighbor going over their and staying for a bit then leaving as if he was checking on him. Is this legal?

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 19, 2015

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.

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Q: Is it legal to put a dog down at home in Arizona?
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 14, 2015

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.

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Q: What happens if you abandon a pregnant dog in az.in the summer when its 115 degrees out
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 14, 2015

Animal cruelty is a crime in Arizona. As well it should be!

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Q: My dog grooming business is being sued for injury to a dog. Part of their claim is for emotional trauma. This possible?
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 2, 2015

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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Q: My family and i left for a vacation to california we left our dog with my neighbor (she offered) by the 2nd day i get a

Call tellin me my dog got hit by a car and didnt survive she said she paid and she hasnt paid. What can i do?

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jun 12, 2015

Sorry for your loss.

It's possible her homeowner's (or renter's) liability insurance would cover it. Ask her to make a claim on her policy if she has insurance.

Also, depending on the value of your dog, you can sue in small claims court.

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Q: My 5 month old dog went missing. Two young boys removed her tags, but left her collor on and sold her. I have her again

We were able to find the boys, get her tags back from the dad, buy her back from the person she was sold to. Them knowingly removing her tags, where do i stand legally?

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jun 3, 2015

The parents of the boys are likely responsible for the damages their boys caused to you. There is a chance their homeowner's (or renter's) liability insurance policy might cover it. You can also file a police report.

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Q: My tenant has a dog that is aggressive. What can I do?
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on May 29, 2015

Your tenant is probably primarily liable. However, anyone can be sued. So make sure you have a good insurance liability policy that covers you.

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Q: My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: Arizona

Our good friends did us the favor of watching our dog while we are on our honeymoon. I got a call this morning saying our dog attacked their dog. They have 5 dogs in the house. Something just doesn't add up to me. My dog has never had any issues with violence before. He does very well with... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on May 29, 2015

Generally speaking, in Arizona, dog owners are liable when their dog bites and causes damage, unless it can be proved the dog was provoked. Be well.

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