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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: What laws pertain to a breach of sales contract (bought a cat) and what law allows me to sue for restitution damages?

I bought the kitten for $750, from a person, claiming they were worked with a Cattery. I traveled to the location for the transaction, not at the Cattery. They gave me the wrong gender. Kittens at that age may be difficult to determine the gender without a thorough examination. They acknowledged... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Oct 26, 2022

Sounds like a small claims action. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: So I live in a mobile home park and I have a dog , a Doberman , yet other people around me have dogs as well .

He wants to see my paper for my dog and as well he wants me to keep my dog inside 24/7 but I have to let him out for the restroom . He gave me a contract to sign but I ain’t going to sign it saying things I have to obey with my dog . He said if I don’t show my registration of my dog he will... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Oct 12, 2022

I'm not sure what your question is. Your landlord cannot discriminate against you if you have an emotional support dog or a service dog. You have not indicated that your dog qualifies.

Whether your landlord's "contract" is allowed may depend on the terms of your rental...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Can a homeless program tell me I can't have a pet at Motel 6 when they allow pets .It's the homeless programs rules.

I stayed at this Motel 6 before on the homeless program and we were allow to have our pet.But they have made new rules and then Motel 6 has their rules.2 set of different rules for one Motel 6.Iam just wondering if this is legal .

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Oct 4, 2022

If the pet is a service animal, they cannot discriminate and prohibit you from having the service animal. However, they can likely prohibit animals that are not service animals.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Can I sue my CA landlord for charging me a 10% increase in rent and additional security deposit for my reg. service dog?

We live in a severe housing crisis area where local supply for housing is very scarce and extremely difficult to find. We had no other option but to accept the increase otherwise be homeless. Our original rent was supposed to be $3000 a month with a $6000 deposit. After learning of the service... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Oct 4, 2022

A landlord cannot charge you extra pet fees for a service animal. In addition, a landlord can only charge two months' worth of rent for a deposit, unless the house is furnished. Therefore, the charging of $9,000 or $8,000 would likely be illegal.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Trapping cat on my property?

Hello, my neighbor's cat has been pooping on my property for years, they even litter on my outdoor furniture. I tried to talk to the neighbor but they refused to do anything about it and says that it might be a stray cat somewhere. So I decided to set a humane trap on my back yard. In the next... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 23, 2022

A lot of these animal laws are local and specific. Generally, you should have the right to set the trap on your backyard if the cat is routinely trespassing on your property. You have a right to quiet use and enjoyment of your home. Look at the local codes on animal control in your jurisdiction;... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: If u post something on a website as found,do u have an obligation to allow the rightful owner to prove ownership?

After posting my dog as found on a public website, the finder is ignoring my request to prove ownership,is that legal?

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 23, 2022

Contact the person who found your animal. Make sure that it is in fact your dog and make sure that the finder gives the dog back to you.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: my brother got our dog by a blue toy and there it in the air the dog flew and no one cares but me what should i do?

* dog holding on tightly

*Brother swang around blue toy before droping it

* i told parents but no one cares

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 23, 2022

A little difficult to answer based on the fact pattern. Assuming that no one was injured or hurt, this is likely just a personal matter and something to bring up with your family for discussion.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Can my fiance and I be denied rental of a home because we did not disclose that we have an ESA?

We live in California and applied for a rental home in California. The application never asked if we have a service/emotional support animal. It only asked if we have any pets. We both answered no because our dog is an emotional support animal and have an ESA document from my fiancee's... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 22, 2022

You cannot be denied rental because of an ESA. However, you never informed the landlord that you had an ESA. As a result, the denial of rental is not because of an ESA.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: If I was with someone for 13 yrs and he passed away we had animals together do. I HAVE ANY RIGHTS TO THEM.

We had nothing in writing just his verbal wishes

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 14, 2022

If you jointly owned the animals, then you either still jointly own the animals with his Estate; or you continue to own your interest, and his interest passed to you upon his death.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: We are being sued as landlords for a home that we bought for our disabled son for a dog bite.

We are the owners of a house in San Jacinto that we have bought for our totally disabled son and family. They hired (without our knowledge) a professional dog trainer from Temecula, who charged $400.00 for travel and evaluation for future training of the dog. After taking the dog outside, they... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Sep 8, 2022

If your lack of insurance was because of financial challenges, you might have more than you can handle when hiring a Defense Lawyer. S/he will bill on an hourly rate and ask for, I suspect, a sizable retainer. Is that something you can handle?

The "Victim" has a lawyer on a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: i need a lawyer to represent me against a dog bite claim in riverside county california. What kind of atty would be bes

Hired a dog trainer to work with aggressive dog - the dog bit her and now she is suing - and in her suit she does NOT disclose that she is a trainer

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 6, 2022

If you have homeowners insurance, notify it of the claim. If you do not carry insurance, you will have to pay for an attorney out of pocket. An attorney who specializes in civil defense can handle your case. You might also consider bankruptcy if you don't have insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Hello, last night when I was walking my dog in my apartment complex, two teenage boys SPRINTED past me even though I

was there with my dog. They boxed me in and last night animal control reached out to me because apparently they are claiming my dog bit them even though apparently there is only a minor injury and no penetration of skin. They told me she will probably be quarantined and I want to know what I can do... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Aug 27, 2022

You and your dog are not victims. You are 100% responsible for your dog's behavior, whether it bit someone, or clawed someone, and regardless of whether the boys walked or SPRINTED past you. Boys walk, run, sprint and are boisterous in public and are entitled to act like teenagers without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Dog Seller lied to me the puppy was a Teacup Maltese. But the dog grows bigger, more than 12lbs when she was 7 months

Due to the Craigslist's dog seller advertised the puppy was a teacup maltese and the parents were not more than 5lbs, i paid $3000 when i picked up the puppy when she was about 2 months old. But the puppy started to grow bigger, even when i took her to the vet to get her second shot vaccines,... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Jul 25, 2022

Hard to say, but I'm sure you have options. Assuming you and the dog have bonded and love each other, I'd get a value for this one and assuming it is lower than $3,000.00 I'd demand the difference from the seller, if it were me.

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.

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