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Q: Bit by a dog, questioning police involvement?

I was bit by a friend’s dog, (provoked, fairly minor puncture wound) and I went to a hospital to get it cleaned to avoid possible infection.... I did not report the dog but police are threatening to arrest if I do not give them information (address, name, etc). I do not want to cause any trouble... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Feb 13, 2020

You don’t have to give them the information. Sounds like the police are being a bit overzealous and crazy. Technically, though, they could charge you with obstruction of justice, but it would be unlikely that they would do that because you are the victim of a crime and it would look bad if the... Read more »

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Q: My neighbors dogs are fence aggressive. They're breaking through the fence and the owners refuse to address it

My neighbors own 5 german shepherds. They are fence aggressive and are tearing holes in our fence. I have spoken with them several times and they refuse to address the problem. Police and animal control say they will not do anything until someone is attacked. All complaints have been recorded for... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Feb 12, 2020

You can sue them for a civil nuisance violation in small claims or county court. But that can be complicated. I recommend speaking with an attorney who can assist you with that situation.

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Q: Question about rescue wanting to spay/neuter dog early.

We fostered a dog who had puppies. We have raised the puppies and are keeping one. The rescue wants to neuter at only 3 months but my vet and the research says to wait a minimum of 6 months.

My girlfriend signed the foster agreement but I did not. We both signed an adoption agreement that... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Feb 10, 2020

It is always difficult to answer a question without actually reading the entire contract, so this advice is limited to what you wrote in your question and should be taken as general advice ONLY and not as legal advice tailored to your situation. You should have a consultation with an attorney to... Read more »

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Q: My mother took my dog from my home without my permission while going through a custody battle. She refuses she return he

She said she'd give her back when the children returned home. However now she says to much time has gone by and she won't return get although she had no reason to come take get to begin with. How can I get her back? Can I file a small claims lawsuit? Prove she's registered to me, had her for years... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Feb 10, 2020

Yes, you will have to sue her in county court under replevin. I would recommend having an attorney assist, but if you cannot afford one, legal aid might be able to help. You will have to ask them directly, though.

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Q: My dog was attacked by two other dogs their owner got in between the dogs and claims my dog bit her im facing charges

No witness to which dog actually bit her. The other two dogs have been known to be aggressive in the past. My dog is being deemed dangerous but he was the one attacked. Im facing charges for the altercation and i would like to know what defenses i have against these charges and if the other party... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Feb 6, 2020

It would be best to get the discovery and meet with an attorney who can look over the discovery and provide you with the best idea for your defense. Dangerous dog charges are serious criminal charges that follow you and your dog. It’s best to talk to an attorney to protect you and your dog.

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Q: My dog is in 10 days quarantine, he has been falsely accused, no evidence of biting or even a skin scratch.

officer stated that if the dog gets other complaint it will be impounded. The office filed a claim against my dog without any evidence. the question is can this event be removed from my dog records? all this happens in City and County of Denver

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Feb 5, 2020

The record follows you, not your dog. Either way, it can’t be removed. He should be released back to you at the end of the 10 day quarantine. If you had charges filed against you, or you don’t get your dog back, you should call an animal attorney to help you.

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Q: Stray dog in Colorado, how long before I can legally keep if I have reported to shelters and tried to find owners?

I found a skinny, matted stray dog in Colorado. Reported it to every local shelter, posted on Facebook and NextDoor, but no one has claimed her. Can I claim her as mine legally? Is there a period of time I need to wait? I'm not a licensed rescue.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Feb 3, 2020

Since dogs are considered property in Colorado and there is no specific "abandoned dog" statute, we have to look at the statute for abandoned property. The statute of limitations to legally claim abandoned or lost property in CO is 5 years. Obviously that is a long time in the life of a dog! But,... Read more »

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Q: Can I keep a dog I've been dog sitting for about 4 months?

We were only supposed to keep her for a week or two, but it's been about 4 months with almost no contact from the original owner and now they want to take her back. I am really worried that it won't be good for her to go back to an owner she doesn't know, and just never see us or our other pets... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 30, 2020

Unfortunately, no. If the owner never gave the dog to you and is now demanding him/her back, you are required by law to give the dog back. Now, you could always try to offer money to buy the dog from the original owner, but whether or not the owner will accept is up to that person.

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Q: I was wondering if it was possible to sue a veterinarian clinic for not seeing my dog

In an emergency situation

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

More information is needed to answer this question.

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Q: I let a chick take my dog for what was supposed to be 2 weeks so he could heal in a comfortable place. Well she said

She legally adopted him out and its been 4 almost 5 months since this has happened! Is this legal? What can I do?

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

You can sue her to get your dog back, if the police won't intervene (they usually don't).

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Q: My dog has been deemed dangerous by Colorado and the courts want him put down. Can I take him and move to Texas?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 23, 2020

Technically, no. You could be found in contempt of court for moving him, which is a separate criminal charge on you. I am not exactly clear on what you mean by "deemed dangerous" and whether or not this a finding after a trial by a judge or a jury, so more information is needed to fully answer this... Read more »

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Q: Can my friend take her dog, legally?

My friend is moving out of her negligent parents' house. She's almost 20. She's paid for everything with the dog, paid the adoption fees, paid for vet costs, etc. She's wanting to re register the dog's microchip information to herself, (it's presently in her father's name) and take the dog with her... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 13, 2020

If she paid for it, she has a strong argument the dog is hers. As for the microchip, it's usually company policy that they won't change the name of the person on the microchip without consent from the primary account holder, which, it sounds like, is her dad. She can take the dog with her since she... Read more »

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Q: What am i requesting the court to do?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 13, 2020

Without any information about your situation, or anything, it is impossible for anyone to answer this question.

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Q: I am a red Cross disaster relief client and under sercumstances that were out of my control my dogs were under distress

They bit someone and have been taken by Adams county animal shelter and I'm afraid they might be trying to euthanize my dogs !

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 11, 2020

They won’t euthanize your dogs unless and until you’re convicted of owning a dangerous dog, or whatever you’re charged with. But if you don’t pay the impound fees, your dogs will be forfeited to the shelter. You have 10 days from the date the dogs were taken to challenge/object to them... Read more »

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Q: My dog was taken by animal control 4 biting an officer on public property. He was leashed. How do i get him back?

I am homeless. My dog was at camp leashed. Cop walks up an my dog nipped his hand. We were camping on public property. Whar can i do? I need him..

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 11, 2020

You have to file an impound contest hearing motion within 10 days of your dog being seized. If you don’t, then you have to pay “costs of care” fees every month. If you can’t pay, they consider your dog forfeited. It is a callous law, but that’s the law for right now. Writing a letter to... Read more »

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Q: If my dog is in his fenced in yard and attacks a cat that came into our property can we be sued?

My husband and I just relocated to Colorado. Our house has a fenced in back yard but we’ve seen some cats in our yard. Our dog is very sweet and loves to play with other dogs but hasn’t been around any cats. He goes out and in whenever he wants. We don’t watch him too closely outside since... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 10, 2020

Most likely, the cats will eventually stop coming in your yard once your dog’s scent is established. That said, the answer to your question depends on whether or not these cats are owned by someone who will bring a lawsuit against you or file criminal charges. Then that raises the issue of... Read more »

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Q: A friend of mine has 8 cats. She lives in a townhouse. Can she find out who filed a complaint against her?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 8, 2020

Possibly. It depends on the animal control division. But most likely not unless she sues and subpoenas the information.

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Q: My dog had surgery and Staples and we let a "friend" take him for 2 weeks just to heal. Now she said he isn't ours

He's been legally adopted and he is no longer ours that we will never get him back now is this legal and what can I do to get my dog back

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 5, 2020

You can call the police and see if they will help you and get the dog. But often they won’t get involved. If the police won’t help, then you will have to file a lawsuit to get the dog back.

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Q: My wife assaulted me, there is a protection order in place, she wont get her animals, can i take them to the shelter?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jan 2, 2020

No.

If the protection order is against her to protect you, you can contact her to make arrangements for her to get her animals. OR you can contact a mutual friend to take the animals.

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Q: My cat was stolen 5 years ago. It showed up under new name, emaciated. A flyer for the cat was on my door only.

I filed a police report last year when I knew who had taken him. I told her where the cat lived and she said she knew. She moved and cat disappeared. When I contacted the police in new town they said civil matter. Cat showed up just over a year later so she must have brought him back. He's under a... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Dec 21, 2019

Did you try calling the police again?

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