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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: A person gave us his dog and saids if I don't pay he will get him Sat .of this week can he do that the dog has no papers

he saids he owns him still there is no contact I signed I called the sheriff office they said it's a civil issue and said if he shows up I can have them come over to my house and they will tell him to leave does he still have rights since he rehomed him to us

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 31, 2020

If the dog was given to you, then it's yours. If you were supposed to pay for the dog and did not, then you are guilty of theft.

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Medical Malpractice and Small Claims for California on
Q: Hi I had taking my female mix labrore. retreiver in for xrays and asonicgram soon as I got their they came out with gu

By law Ithe vets cant keep me from being with my pet at they exam yeah well the did and they did not want to give her back and called police on me his my witness he was shocked how they treated me and was very worry about me driving home

Wen he realised they just killed my dog and by law... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 21, 2020

I've never heard of the law that says that you cannot be excluded while the vet is examining your dog. As far as the ashes, if you paid for them, and are otherwise current in your account with the vet, you are entitled to your property. This would be a Small Claims case as the ashes are... Read more »

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Q: My sister in laws dog had puppies with my dog while living in my home.

Question was answered very rudely. It was just a question.

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

You can't steal a minor's dog because you think you will be a better owner. If you want it that badly, buy it from her.

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Q: If I purchase a dog and it lived in a friends house who placed themselves as owner and me as co-owner. Who’s dog is it?

Our agreement being, I buy the dog in full and he watches/takes care of the dog at his place. He takes it upon himself to register the dog under his name as the owner and my name as the co-owner even tho he did not buy the dog. He wants to end our agreement (1 1/2 Years) and pay me what I paid for... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 13, 2020

He doesn't become an owner by (falsely?) registering the dog under his name. He becomes an owner because you seem to have a deal where you share ownership of the dog. If that is the case, he can't force you to take his money, but then you have a never ending problem over sharing... Read more »

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Q: Can an Indian casino not allow you in because you don’t have shot records for your service dog?

I was denied entrance into an Indian casino because I did not have shot records for my legal service dog

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 10, 2020

It is allowable under the ADA for educational institutions to request verification of vaccinations. Without several hours spent in legal research, I cannot confirm that a casino can do the same.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: If someone pets my dog without permission, and my dog bites them, can I be held liable?

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Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene answered on Dec 7, 2020

Probably not but more information is needed to properly answer your question. If it has already happened you should consult with a local attorney who knows the local laws regarding such a situation.

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Q: I have been caring for a dog from someone who is irresponsible, is there any way that I can claim the dog for myself?

We were in a relationship and bought the dog together, I had ended up evicting her from my house and we were no longer together, and I've been caring for the dog for 2 months alone now, but we've had the dog since July, making it now 6 months, is there any way that I can fully claim... Read more »

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

You do not get to own someone else's dog because they are a bad owner. If you bought the dog together, that makes you and her co-owners, which means that she cannot claim the dog for herself. At best, she would be entitled to equal time with the dog. How would she achieve that? The police... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I adopted a dog from a personal rescuer. The dog gave birth to babies. What's the ownership of these babies?

We signed a contract when I adopted the dog. The contract only mentioned that I cannot transfer ownership of the dog. The dog was pregnant before I adopted her and then she gave birth to the babies one month after I signed the contract. I have taken care of them. Now the rescuer insists that the... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 3, 2020

What does the contract say about puppies? If it doesn't say anything, then you probably own them. Ask her to specify the exact provision in the contract that has been breached.

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Q: My cousin adopted a dog 9 years ago. However, I moved in with her family 6 years ago and have been primary caretaker.

I have insurance, license is registered under me, proof of vaccinations, vet bills, etc. I am moving out and my cousin won’t let me have him. Who has true ownership?

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

Taking care of a dog doesn't make you an owner. The dog is your cousin's unless you have evidence that a gift to you, or purchase by you, occurred.

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: What can I do if tenant does not comply with 3 day notice to remove dog from property?

My tenants dog bit me and we gave them a three day notice to remove dog. However these tenants are very difficult and tend to do things as they please. I live in Los Angeles and its in rent control. On the rental agreement it stated no pets but they got it during the pandemic cause our governor... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 1, 2020

You can also make a claim for personal injuries against them if you needed any medical attention.  Whether that is worthwhile depends on whether they have renter's insurance.  You can also initiate eviction proceedings although I am not sure what the status of such proceedings is now.

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Q: If seller sells me a sick puppy and contract says they guarantee this puppy to be healthy do they have to reimburse vet

Contract says nothing about vet bills does address sick puppy and say we may return and recieve have total price and a new puppy.

I have spent $2800 in vet bills on this puppy.

The contract also says “seller gaurentee a this puppy to be healthy at time of sale”

When I... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 29, 2020

You need to speak to an attorney. There might be consumer protection laws in your state that entitle you to compensation.

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Q: Was given a pup by my daughter11 months ago. i found out that her boyfriend has taken it w/o permission from his parents

I didnt know until recently that he was taken. He was under nourished when i got him and i hate to see him in that environment again. They were illegally breeding them and so many mouths to feed. How can i keep him legally if they dont want to be paid but they want him back.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 28, 2020

Call Animal Control if they aren't caring for their dogs properly. You don't have any right to keep their property, but you might be able to surrender it to Animal Control and then legally adopt it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: We sold a our little puppy 5 days ago. Can we get him back?

We sold our puppy 5 days ago. We realized that it wasn’t the right decision after 3 hours of selling it to the family. I gave them a call, except they said they will not be giving him back to me. I have had him for 5 weeks and have all of his vet records and everything. What can I do to get him... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 27, 2020

You sold the puppy. Unless you have a contract that allows give backs, its over.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for California on
Q: Can I find a lawyer who will take a P.I./Claim & Delivery case for a stolen cat, in California? Claim is already filed.

I need a lawyer who will take my case on contingency. My neighbor abducted my cat who played on his property. He then abandoned it in a middle of nowhere town and later erected a "No Trespassing" sign on his property. When cat went missing he refused to allow me access to a warehouse on... Read more »

Gregory Scott Greenberg
Gregory Scott Greenberg answered on Nov 25, 2020

You should contact your local county or state bar and ask for an attorney referral.

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Q: Is keeping your dog inside and never letting it outside an act of animal cruelty? (Dog has became aggressive)

My neighbor has their dog inside and never lets it go outside and whenever we go near their house their dog is barking aggressively. And I am concerned for the poor dog never gets to go on walks or okay outside for a bit.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 24, 2020

Unfortunately, probably not. It depends on if sanitary conditions are a part of the local laws

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I gave my dog away I regret it hrs later I ask her to please return it that I was willing to do anything but she don't

I offer to buy another dog and take to her or to do anything she wanted me to. I explained that I had problems and I had made a mistake that now is destroying our family. I hadn't passed not even 24 hrs went I begged her. Is there anything I can do to get my dog back please help

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 24, 2020

Unfortunately, probably not. You could try to sue in replevin, but if there is evidence you willingly gave the dog away, it is not likely that you will win.

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Q: What do I do please help ..... Puppy has parvo, free vet tricked me to sign my rights away... Need dog back

my baby was taken from me to be treated by a free vet for parvo. I was not able to afford the cost of treatment which I was told it could be up to 1500 dollars a day to hospitalize them for up to two weeks and still no guarantee they will pull through. Since this is a free program and the rate of... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 16, 2020

Ask for a copy of the document, or go in to read it. If you signed away your dog, as they say, it's over.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My boyfriend was living in a house with a family friend and when he moved out, the person wouldn't let him take his

belongings. My boyfriend has his dog license and vet records proving that he owns the dog. What can we do to retrieve the dog.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 13, 2020

Contact the local Police, return with an officer to demand the return of his dog. Show the proof of ownership to the police. If this does not work, sue the LL for wrongful retention of personal property. He can go to Small Claims.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: pet sitter - dog got sick in my care - had to have surgery - I saw no signs of illness - owner claiming negligence.

Dog consumed what the vet said to be a towel - I saw no remnants or evidence of shredded towel - I have signed contract from owner releasing me from all liability and veterinary expenses - but owner is claiming negligence - Should I be worried about legal action?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 13, 2020

The release the owner signed should cover any negligent acts by you, if you were negligent. Animals seem to do this ingestion of foreign objects when in a new environment, my new cat did the same thing after a week. He can always sue you but it sounds like your release will protect you.... Read more »

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Q: My neighbors cat keeps roaming around in my yard, what are our options to stop this nuisance in California?
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 9, 2020

Discuss with animal control officers from your local city or county. Very difficult to control cats, I have one and she won't do anything I ask. This does not mean you should have to put up with the roaming and messing in your yard, I sympathize with you on that issue. While I am typing this... Read more »

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