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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Help! My sisters ex stole her puppy?

I had a litter of puppies, my sister and I had an agreement that she would make payments to me for the puppy I sold to her. At the time she was in a relationship and living with this person, things got ugly he kicked her out and is now trying to keep the dog from her , however the dog was never... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 19, 2020

Sounds like your sister owes you money. You sold it to her and she agreed to pay. If you want to sue, you can sue her for the unpaid purchase price. It doesn't sound like the dog has been stolen from you.

Your sister can sue the ex for the value of the dog and/or its return. She...
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Q: My neighbor claims that his dog ate my weed in our shared backyard and wants me to pay vet Bill's am I at fault?

The dog was in the back yard un attended

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 12, 2020

Impossible to say. Did he know the weed was in the backyard and let his dog back there unsupervised? Did he, or you, know that his dog would eat the weed? Was the weed legal? Is there any evidence in the veterinary records that treatment was provided related to consumption of weed? It's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Consumer Law for California on
Q: Can I take legal action against my doggy daycare for my dog being injured under their care, twice?

I take my dog to daycare during the week, she was injured during their care and had to have ankle surgery, they explained that they weren't sure what happened and it was a complete accident, I said fine, paid a few thousand $$ for her surgery and moved on to recovery, she was doing perfectly... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 12, 2020

The facility has an obligation to exercise reasonable care in conducting its business in a safe manner. You haven't pointed to any unsafe practices or incident. The fact that your dog was injured is not evidence of negligence. Dogs run, jump, play, wrestle, sometimes snarl and fight.... Read more »

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Q: Ex-boyfriend left his dog and now he wants her back

My ex-boyfriend got a dog for his daughter, but when he moved out he left his dog with me saying he couldn't take her. It's been over a month since he left. The puppy is now bonded to my dog, me and my daughter. I'm the one paying for all the food, vet and care. He says his daughter... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 12, 2020

Maybe. Depends how he "left" the dog. If he said he couldn't take the dog, and that meant he was permanently abandoning it or giving it to you, you have an argument that the dog is now yours. Under Civil Code 1146 "A gift is a transfer of personal property, made voluntarily,... Read more »

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Q: want to know what i can do to have my vet bills reimbursed and vet program cancelled dr ordered unecessary treatments
William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 12, 2020

If you want to claim that your vet bills should be reimbursed, you will need to find another veterinarian to examine the records of the first and give you a detailed declaration, under penalty of perjury, that the first veterinarian's treatment was below the standard of care (i.e., that no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Can I keep my roomate's cat?

I am the property manager of the house I rent. 2 roomates J and R. R is great. J has not been. She's loud during quiet hours and has brought shopping carts onto the property. But the cat situation is the worst part. I helped her rescue Katy Kat when her ex abandoned the cat to spca; J has... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 8, 2020

No, you can't keep somebody's cat because you don't like how they care for it. Paying for food and litter is not ownership. Brushing a cat is not evidence of ownership. Owning several cats does not give you ownership of somebody else's cat. If you want the cat, offer to buy... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Can I file suit against my neighbor whose two dogs broke through my fence and killed my cat
William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 5, 2020

Yes, but the your damages are limited to the value of your cats (at least in California), so monetarily there isn't much to be gained.

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Q: Can a vet adopt your dog out without you knowing
William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 4, 2020

Maybe. If you left your dog with the vet or didn't pay your bill. Under Civil Code sections 3051 and 3052, a veterinarian may keep an animal if the bill is not paid. If the amount due has not been paid within 10 days after the payment was due, the veterinarian may sell the animal.... Read more »

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Q: So I have two cats both 2 years old and had them since they were 8 weeks old. They were both indoor and outdoor cats.

So they loved to go outdoors and come back home as they please. Unfortunately me and my husband had to move to a place where pets weren’t allowed to roam outside, so I tried to keep them as indoor cats, but they were very unhappy locked indoors all day. So I felt so bad so I posted them on... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 4, 2020

Nothing. You sold your cats. They don't belong to you. You have no agreement that stipulates that the cats go outside, or for how long, or how frequently. You have no evidence that the cats are not allowed outside, ever, even if you had a contract that specified outdoor access for the cats.

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Q: I own a kennel and was keeping 45 labs for a friend.she was paying me 500. Per week! + Price of one pup sold per litter.

can I keep the dogs.?I'm in calif.what do I need to do.i filed a small claims for 10,000 but it's more like 13,000 she owes

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 2, 2020

You might be able to continue to file new Small Claims actions as new charges accrue. You should have a lien on the dogs for the value of your charges. You might propose a written settlement agreement with her to extinguish the debt in exchange for ownership of some or all of the pups/dogs.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Child Custody for California on
Q: my former roommates stole 2/3 of my cats while I was not home. what do I do?

on all of the cats microchipping, vaccinations, neuter, I am the owner listed, not them. the day I came to move my things out of the home, they took the cats before I could do anything even though they are not the owners. no written agreement about what happens to the cats when one of us moves out.... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 2, 2020

Call the police. Sue in Small claims Court.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can a vet be sued for extortion when they force surgery on an animal that the owner cannot afford?

Dog jumped out of window injuring leg. Brought to urgent care vet which charged over $1000 up front just to see dog. Vet claimed dog needed $3000 surgery. Could not afford this and took dog home to care for myself. Splinted leg. Vet put on a cone and fentanyl patch and asked to bring dog back in 3... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 28, 2020

more info needed.

it would appear the vet is following the law.

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Construction Law for California on
Q: I'm a construction worker and I was on a job in Lake Forest .Home owner was gone and dog got out.

That dog was in the house and got out the front door and hit by a car. They are trying to blame me. I'm an independent contractor

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 25, 2020

Whose fault do you think it is?

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My neighbor is threatening to sue me because my dog has been peeing on their lawn. Are their laws/fines for this?

I received a warning from my neighbor and it hasn't happened again since then. But they are still telling people they are going to sue me. I don't know what kind of damages or fines I could face.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 25, 2020

more info needed.

if dog is on a leash you are probably trespassing on their property.

if not on a leash you are violating some municipal law leash law.

however anyone can sue anyone for anything at any time....the question is will one win and if so what damages are imposed?...
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Q: Hello, My dog was ran over by my neighbor and I was just wondering how to make her liable for the pet hospital fees.

I live in a cul de sac, and I saw neighbor speeding to her garage. I tried to contact her by knocking on her door, but she did answer. She was driving fast in a cul de sac.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 24, 2020

If your dog is running in the street, it sounds like you are at least partially responsible,, if not entirely responsible. You have a duty to maintain control of your animal. However, if there are facts which show that she could have avoided a collision, then she might be responsible for her... Read more »

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Q: My question is dog bites I have a 6 month old Great Dane Pub his new thing is the chase bike tires she Harbors to killer

Akitas they have killed two dogs on the premises in the last year they went right up to a little girl took the puppy out of her hand and they and they proceeded to kill it they get out of the yard they jump the fence they bite. people they chase people that chase other animals they can't be... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 18, 2020

Please consider re-posting with actual sentences. You are expecting attorneys to decipher gibberish, for free.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My dog, fenced with-in my yard dug a hole on my fence. My adjoining neighbors dog stuck his head thru and my dog bit it

on my property side. They seek full vet reimbursement (4.8K) . They do not have a fence, I built the fence on my property line. Everyone is in agreement that their dog stuck it's head onto our property. What is my liability?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 18, 2020

Perhaps none. You are responsible to maintain your fence to control your dog. However, their dog entered your yard. That is their responsibility. I don't think you have a duty to keep their dog out. However, notify your homeowners insurer. It may have a duty to defend and indemnify you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: animal control did not follow due process and forced euthanasia on 2 innocent dogs. can i sue animal control?

my dogs were accused of a fatal dog vs dog attack. the 'witness' gave false statements to the officer which resulted in animal control 2 days later coming to my home, taking my dogs and forcing euthanasia. they had no paperwork, no warrant, no evidence. AC would not accompany me to talk... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 15, 2020

more info needed.

it sounds like your case is a mess.

you can always sue anyone for anything.

the question is will you recover and HOW MUCH?

you probably will not find a lawyer to accept the case on a contingency.

IF so you will have to pay on an hourly...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My dog bit somebody and the the City of commerce came 7 days later to quarantine my dog and it's been 4 months later

Supposably there's been a hearing that was scheduled and never took place this lady told me she was a lawyer and she's going to help me and she said that she sent out a paper stating that if there was no hearing within 24 hours of the paper that was received by them that she said then he... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 14, 2020

more info needed.

i have never dealt with anything like that. i would normally represent the person bitten and injured.

if you are not in a position to afford a lawyer billing you on an hourly, consider contacting city hall and your council member.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: How do I help ?

If someone comes to me with a malnourished dog how can I get the person who neglected the dog in trouble yet not get his sons dog taken away? The son came to me with 1 of 5 puppies his father had. He found them dead in the back yard and only one alive. I want to call the cops or the humane society... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 12, 2020

The two thing you want to accomplish are mutually exclusive. The son is likely to witness the death of another puppy, or to experience loss of ownership to Animal Control. You choose.

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