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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: I won my civil case, what's next?

So after the judge made his judgement. He said my ex had until the end of the month to return my dog. What happen is she doesn't return my dog or what steps can i take to enforce the judgement?

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on May 20, 2022

If she does not return your dog, you may apply to the court for an order of contempt (i.e. that she did not comply with the court's order) and serve it on her. There will be additional legal penalties imposed on her for doing so.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: An SDGE tree contract worker came onto my property, hit my dog and left without notifying me. Is there anything i can do

Pet was visibly ran over by a car.

I have a few acers, and my dogs are usually out and about on my property.

An SDGE contractor came to our home to inspect and clear around any electric poles.

I could hear as they sped off but didn't think anything of it. I have... Read more »

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on May 16, 2022

You should be able to make a claim with SDGE for personal property damage for your dog, and the driver and/or the company may also be liable for animal cruelty. If SDGE denies your claim, you may be able to sue for civil damages.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Health Care Law and International Law for California on
Q: is it legal for a tour company to not allow someone's task trained service animal to accompany them on the tour?

I'm traveling to a different country amd require my animal to monitor my heart rate among other specific tasks, and was told I would not be allowed to bring her.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 6, 2022

A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. There are animal law attorneys here who would have the strongest insight into legal issues with service animals, and you could reach out to them at this point. However, from an international law/health care law... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Can I sue for a violation of my disability rights specifically not letting my service animal into my residence funded by
William John Light
William John Light
answered on Mar 28, 2022

Yes, you can. Contact a disability rights attorney to discuss your potential claims.

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My brother is being sued for my dog biting someone while my dog was in its' locked crate. Is my brother liable or am I?

I stay at my brother's house but the dog is mine and I had my dog in a locked crate and this 5'2" person stuck their hand to try to pet my little 8 lb toy dog and was bitten. Tiny bite, now they are suing my brother, they are clearly in search of a free ride. Am I the actual party... Read more »

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
answered on Mar 15, 2022

I think you have a defense if the dog was actually in the crate at the time of the bite. Did your brother say it was okay to stick their finger into the crate? You should sit down with a defense attorney and get some answers to your questions. And ask your brother if he has a homeowners policy.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I was at a hiking trail and before entering, they told me no dogs were allowed. When I explained it was a service dog

they let me in. When I started hiking, the park ranger stopped me and gave me a ticket for not having a dog license. I just got the dog from my friend to stay with me for a bit and didn’t know about dog licensing. I have to appear in court and I don’t know what the procedure will be like. The... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Mar 15, 2022

Not knowing about dog licensing is not a defense to violating the law. If the dog wasn't yours, that might be a defense. You would have to look up the licensing ordinance to see what it says and whether it applies to you or just to the owner. If the dog is yours now, get it licensed. You... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My daughter abandoned her dog two months ago her at my house in California what can I do

My daughter was living with us, and she left two months ago, she left to work and hasn't been back since. She is having her episodes(bipolar with schizophrenic tendencies) at the moment and wants her dog, but she hasn't called or came to see him since she left that day to work, and we... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Mar 10, 2022

Give her the dog back. She was having a medical emergency, not abandoning a dog. If the dog was abandoned, you should have surrendered it to Animal Control, then adopted it through appropriate legal channels. What you are attempting to do sounds like theft.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Can a landlord tell me that if my dog doesn't stop barking I have to rehome him

I have a dog that is in training that is going to be a service dog once all training is complete and only barks when he is left home alone can my landlord tell me if I can’t get him to stop barking when I leave I either have to take him with me or stay home or rehome him?

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on Feb 17, 2022

Yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Boyfriend and I broke up. He bought the dog. I took him to vets, grooming, microchip in my name etc. can I take the dog?

I feel that the dog is not being properly taken care of since I moved out. My ex is mostly working out of town and for possible moths on end he isn’t even home. Leaving the dog to the roommate who doesn’t really even like dogs. He’s put in a garage all day and food thrown in is bowl and... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on Feb 16, 2022

It’s your boyfriend’s dog no matter what you paid for or that you think you’d be a better owner. The best you could do is offer to buy the dog from him, possibly try to get leverage by pointing out what you spent and the care you gave, but those expenditures/services would likely be found... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Social Security for California on
Q: My Service dog in training was denied access to a clinic that I was going to for my social security evaluation.

receptionist stated that service dog is only for the blind and deaf. What can I do?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Jan 23, 2022

A dog who is a trained service animal is permitted access under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Examples of service animal work include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: My parents and dog were attacked by a pit bull yesterday on our street.

My dog and dad both got bit. My dog was bit in the rib cage and my dad was bit in the arm.

My dad was able to fight off the pitbull without any more harm being done to anyone. The pitbull came from a house on our street. We called animal control who came out today and took a police report... Read more »

Haleh Shekarchian
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Haleh Shekarchian
answered on Jan 16, 2022

Your father can file a claim against the owner of the house where the dog came out from as well as against any tenant who owns the dog. Your dad is entitled to recovery of his medical bills, loss of earnings, pain and suffering etc

He should contact anyone of us on Justia ASAP for a free...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: What legal recourse do I have for a neighbor who allowed their dogs to run free for months and kill 18 cats in our area?

The neighbors moved to our area and never kept their dogs contained. The three dogs packed up and killed 18 cats in our neighborhood. They are seen on security camera chasing cats away and even killing them on their own porches. The owners claim they had no idea of what their dogs were doing, but... Read more »

Eliza Jasinska
Eliza Jasinska
answered on Jan 15, 2022

Please discuss with an attorney. The best thing to do is to report to the local animal control. Plaintiffs in animal cases often claim that homeowners, landlords, and homeowners' associations owed them a duty of care and that their failure of care was negligent. Negligence is analyzed under... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: My dog got out of my backyard by jumping my 6ft fence and went to a dairy down the street and then was shot

My dog then with her leg dangling from her body and her chest split open came home! I rushed her to have her put down! The guy who shot her never contacted me and still hasn’t contacted me! But said he did! What can I do? I am so sad my poor dog went through this!

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Dec 5, 2021

If you get another similarly athletic dog, get a taller fence. Once your dog jumps your fence and is unsupervised, it is a menace to pedestrians, neighbors, children and other dogs who are lawfully on their own property, or using the sidewalks. You can and will be sued for any harm it causes, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: What liability or waiver do I need in my in-client's-home petsitting contract if my toddler will be with me?

I have been pet sitting for over 15yrs and have a current contract I have been using but now I'm a single mom to a 2yr old who will be with me during pet stays at client's home. I always meet the dog and owner before pet care is provided and bring my kid with me to make sure dog is none... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Dec 3, 2021

Make an appt to meet with lawyer to provide more info.

No lawyer should give an answer without more more info and like you have liability.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I ran over and killed a dog by accident, the dog was on the street no leash. Why are they suing me, can they win?

They also wanna sue because as the dog was dying in his hands the dog was biting him and got injuries from the dog

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
answered on Nov 20, 2021

This doesn't sound right. I have more questions - like how much money are they asking for? Is it small claims court? You should contact an attorney and have a consultation with all the paperwork so a mort in depth analysis can happen.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Can i get in legal trouble for rehoming these animals before my baby is born?

I live with my mom since she wants to help my fiance and I save money for a better place as cost of living in california is high. She tells me and my older brother to not pay rent. I have two cats i got that she wanted to pay the cat food and litter for which i accepted as well as a small dog she... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Nov 17, 2021

I understand your concerns and agree that your baby must come first, the problem is that your mother wants to put the animals first, probably because when you move out, that is all the family she will have. In legal terms, this is a property question, because no matter how much we love them. pets... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I was asked to take care of a dog for a few days. A few months have passes.How long before i claim a dog as my own,
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Sep 21, 2021

You need to file a notice of abandoned property. Contact your local police department to do this, you should give notice to the former owner of the dog. You should contact a local Landlord/Tenant attorney to discuss your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Animal control made me surrender two of my dogs by threatening to seize all four of my dogs and taking me to jail.

They assumed my dog had mange but she didn't. She actually never grew hair back fully because of a medical condition she had been treated for 8 years ago.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Sep 21, 2021

Sorry to hear that you dog was suffering from a medical condition. But you have not posed a question here. Are they tesing your dog for Mange? Or are they just putting her down? Are you trying to get the dog returned? If you have a claim against a governmental agency, you must first file a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My roommate has a pit and I have Chihuahuas we keep them separated. My other roommate was drunk and opened my back door

While the pit was outside. He injured one of my dogs which I paid 1800. It wasn't the pits fault cause he wasn't trained. Can I sue my roommate that owns the dog for not training the dog and can I sue my other roommate who was drunk and opened my back door knowing the rule in the house to... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Sep 13, 2021

Sorry your dog was attacked and injured. Certainly you can sue the individuals involved, use Small Claims Court, but before you do, you need to consider how you are going to collect on any Judgment you obtain against them. From what you say, you are living with several roommates, I would assume... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: If pulled over in a car that belongs to soemone else. Can you be charged with things found in the car?

I have a valid license from California amd the car has California plates with current registration. I have a bill of sale but no title and its still registered to the last owner. I was pulled over in Nevada. Thry claim they found a small amount of drugs. The tow yard won't let me get any of my... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Sep 6, 2021

WHAT THEY DO IS FILE FOR POSSESSION, NOT OWNERSHIP OF THE DRUGS.

THAT IS ENOUGH FOR A CONVICTION IN MOST INSTANCES.

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