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2 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
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: How do you sue a medical clinic for not letting my service dog into the MRI room?

The doctor first told me that I could leave the dog in another waiting area, I told her that he has to be with me. She said she was worried about the MRI and I told her that the dog needs to be in the room at least so we can look at each other. She said the MRI is to loud and that I would have to... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 19, 2021

Your question indicates that you are in IL. The question was posted to the CA forum and should be re-directed to IL attorneys. Assuming that your dog is a true "service animal" and not an emotional support animal, you may have a claim, depending on circumstances.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Our dog was spayed , but did not do well post op. She was seen 3 days post op and was diagnosed as a urinary infection.

The dog was given an injection of antibiotics and sent home with owner. She did not do well and was taken to a veterinarian ER. Emergency surgery was done , showing that the original vet had tied off her left ureter. There was intense inflammation, leaking of urine into the peritoneal cavity,... Read more »

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

more info is needed.

do you have a doctor that would testify to what you said?

i suspect this is the kind of case you would consider taking to small claims where you can sue for up to $10k.

however, getting pain and suffering for an animal is difficult.

maybe in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I appeal a small claims court order since there was no monetary judgement filed?

I was sued by my ex over a dog that we adopted while together but has lived with me 90% of the time since we separated. For the eight years since we separated, I would let him take the dog from time to time but never more than a week and usually just a few days. He’s lived in the same place since... Read more »

Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Jun 14, 2021

First, I am not a CA lawyer. But it seems that the "order" IS a final judgment, thus you can appeal this order to the next level. Whether the appeal is de novo OR on the record, I can't tell.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: Animal cruelty felony conviction 597(a) affect on asylum case? is that an "automatic" rejection?

Hello, I have an animal cruelty case with an offer to accept home detention and felony conviction. If I accept the settlement conviction, would it be automatically bar my asylum case? I am waiting on individual hearing.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 8, 2021

MORE INFO NEEDED.

HOWEVER, THAT IS NOT SO MUCH A CRIMINAL LAW QUESTION AS IT IS AN IMMIGRATION QUESTION.

YOU SHOULD MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A LOCAL IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY ASAP AS YOUR CASE APPEARS TO BE PENDING.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: can i fight a ticket for dog running at large if the dog escaped on his own?

my dog always jumps our fence and hangs out in the front yard, AC comes and brings him down with a pole and writes me a ticket, this was around 7 in the morning so i had no idea the dog was out. can i fight the ticket because i didn’t know the dog was out or it it irreverent?

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 27, 2021

It doesn't matter. It's your dog. It's running at large. You have a duty to have a better fence, or closed doors.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Hi I got bit by a dog yesterday at work he attacked me out of nowhere can I file a Lawsuit?

I work at a dog groomers giving dogs baths and i was washing off the last shampoo coat and the dog jumped and bit my lip I had to go to the emergency room to get stitches.

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 22, 2021

You can successfully sue if the owner knew of the dog's propensity to bite and failed to warn you. There is no strict liability for dog bites for a person, like yourself, who has chosen to work with dogs. You have to prove negligence on the part of the dog owner.

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1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I recently found maggots in my dogs canned food and I was wondering if I can sue
William John Light
William John Light answered on May 19, 2021

1. It's probably rice.

2. Maggots are not harmful to dogs, or even to you. They are just disgusting.

3. Without some significant harm, you don't have a case.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My dog was attacked by another dog and died. Can I sue the owner of the dog that attacked my dog.

My dog was attacked while out for a walk with my daughter and died due to his injuries. I would like to have the owner of the attacking dog responsible for my dog's vet bills

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 11, 2021

You already posted this question and received an answer:

answers.justia.com/question/2021/05/07/my-daughter-and-my-dog-were-attacked-by-841633

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Can the pound take away your dog if the has a broken leg that wasn't fixed then dog got loose pick up by pound?

SPCA said I can't get my dog back that was picked up cuz he got loose and had a broken leg the broken leg was a prior injury how do I get my dog back State of California is it legal for them to take away my dog like that because they're not allowing me to get my dog out and I'm... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 8, 2021

Yes, its legal. Failing to provide necessary veterinary care to your injured animal can be a crime. Animal Control is within its rights to refuse to return the dog to you. You have demonstrated that you are not fit to provide a safe home for it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My daughter and my dog were attacked by another dog in the neighborhood.

My daughter was attended by paramedics and her injuries were not serious but she is bypolar and was very affected mentally. Our family dog was seriously injured and has died. A report was filed with animal control. I would like to seek compensation for my dog's vet bills and the loss of our... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 7, 2021

Your daughter has a good case against the owner of the dog. You have a case to recover your vet bills from the owner of the dog. Hopefully the owner has homeowner's insurance that applies. Your daughter, especially, needs to consult with a personal injury attorney. This is far too complex... Read more »

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