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Q: I boarded my 14 yr old healthy cat and my 6 yr old cat at a vets boarding facility for one week. I called during the

week to check on them and was told they were fine. When they were picked up the older cat was visibly sick and died 2 days later. Any recourse?

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

Yes, you’ll need to act quickly to get any surveillance footage from the facility. Most security footage is only stored for 10-14 days depending on the system. Having an attorney write a letter to preserve the evidence and a demand letter after an investigation into what happened can help either... Read more »

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Q: Negligent breeder gave me wrong dog and wants it back.

Bought a puppy in Colorado. Drove a 1k miles (roundtrip) and they gave me the dog. Two days later they inform me it's the wrong one and want it back. I say no - family already bonded. They then reported the microchip on the dog stolen which is different from the one on the contract.... Read more »

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

That definitely sounds like an awful mess! It sounds like you’re going to need an attorney to help you fight this because you have some good defenses if it’s in small claims court. You also have some good defenses based on what you described, no matter what court the breeder takes you.

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Q: Can I press charges against my mom for neglecting and feeding my dog without my permission while I’m still in her house?

She’s refusing to let me feed my dog (who she signed over to me) what I feel is best for him. She said she will throw away the food (which if I’m understanding is my property) and refuses to feed THE DOG FOOD to my dog if I ask her to feed him. She also refuses to accept that my dog eats 1x per... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Nov 12, 2020

Do you live with your mother? I would suggest moving out and taking your dog with you and then the problem is solved. Otherwise, I think you need to talk to a landlord/tenant attorney since this is not really an animal law issue.

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Q: Outdoor dogs must have food water shelter but isn't there a regulation now that says they can only be outside for1hr?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 12, 2020

Unfortunately, no, there is not. People can more or less treat their dogs like trash under the Denver municipal code. Contact your city representative to get the law changed.

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Q: An ex girl friend is trying to keep a dog I paid for she says I gave to her and I have bi polar episodes she know about.

We both have text and emails going back and forth changing our minds.I fell trick because she knew my manic depression

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

If you can't work something out, one of you will have to sue in court for possession.

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Q: Roommate asked myself and the third housemate for permission to get a husky puppy. We said no. She got the dog anyway.

She works 10-12 hours a day, 5-7 days a week, and will not have time to properly care for, nor train the animal. She has been told she has 48 hours to get rid of the animal. Both myself and the third housemate are allergic to dogs and do not wish to care for the animal. If she refuses to get rid of... Read more »

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

No, you cannot remove or euthanize or do anything to the animal. You have absolutely zero authority to do anything to the animal. Try evicting the roommate, that is a more humane and normal part of life than killing someone else's dog. Or, you could also always move out, too.

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Q: My ex and I recently broke up. With out my knowledge, she removed one of my dog from my apartment, and won’t return him.

I have filled for replevin in court. I have his adoption papers, Neuter and rabies certificates and microchip registration all in my name In retaliation for the replevin she has filed for a temporary restraining order stating I pushed her. I only want my dog back. Is there anything else I can do?

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

You're doing everything you can at the moment!

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Land Use & Zoning for Colorado on
Q: Looking to buy land and raise a few animals. Old covenants forbid it but are no longer enforced!

We are looking to buy 3.25 acres of land in la plata county Colorado. The covenants forbid chickens and cows but are from the 1970s and no longer enforced. We want to raise a few animals for personal use. Is there a way to protect ourselves moving forward? If someone decides to now enforce these... Read more »

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

You will have to appeal to your local zoning board to get the property rezoned. I would recommend consulting with a real estate attorney

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Q: My dad recently passed away. His gf has his/my dog. Is there a way to get him back?

My dad adopted Sky as a Christmas present for my sister and I when we were younger. Now the dog is with his gf and I fear she won’t agree to give him back in a civil manner.

Sean Maye
Sean Maye answered on Nov 11, 2020

The answer to your question depends on a lot of factors and you will need to consult with an attorney to assess how the specific facts/circumstances may entitle you to return of the dog or not. At first glance, it would probably be best to consult with and retain a lawyer to begin by encouraging... Read more »

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Q: helping ex&kids by letting them stay at my home let my dog of 4yrs stay w kids found out from daughter ex gave dog away!

police animal control said theres nothing they can do ! Have receipts of adoption ,food ,vet care,kenneling and fact that I raised him since a pup! Was helping ex out by letting her and kids stay in my home and she had even bought a cat for company I would have been fine if dog went to oregon and... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Oct 7, 2020

You will need to sue this person in replevin in county court. It is best to do this sooner, rather than later. Report the dog as missing to the chip company, too. You might also want to try calling code enforcement (they handle animal related calls in Englewood) rather than the police.

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Q: My neighbor dog break all day and night call 3time and now I have to go to court

My neighbor are saying I was the problem why there dog break .I have call cops at 10 or 11 clock at night about this dog

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Sep 4, 2020

I’m sorry to hear you have to go to court. From what I can gather from your post it sounds like there’s a history of animosity between you and the neighbor over the dog barking. Without knowing more, I simply would advise you to carefully read the ticket summoning you to court so you can begin... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: I live in Colorado, am I allowed time off work if my dog passed away. I got fired for coming in late the day he was died

The day my dog died I had taken him to the vet in the morning for a follow up check up I called into work to let them know I was going to come in late and I was going to make him stable comfortable and I will come in to work to finish my shift, I got fired that day and their excuse was lack of... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Aug 22, 2020

You have no right to work in the state of Colorado period. Your dog has the same legal status as a toaster. Sorry.

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Q: My ex and I adopted a dog, I am on the adoption papers but she paid for it. I am able to obtain my dog back legally?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 27, 2020

Yes, whoever's name is on the adoption/purchase paperwork is the legal owner of the dog.

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Q: I have taken care of a dog for 3 years. Now her heroin junkie owner wants her back. Do I legally have to give her back?

I have paid for all her vet bills and completely taken care of this dog for 3 years while her junkie owner was in and out of jail. It was going to be taken to a shelter had I not driven across the country to get her. Now her owner is out of jail and wants her back. Do I legally have to surrender... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 20, 2020

This is always a hard question, and the one I get the most often. Unfortunately, if she is the owner and she has never sold or gifted you the dog, she is still the owner and can ask for the dog back at any time. If you feel strongly about keeping the dog, I would recommend offering to buy the dog... Read more »

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Q: How long must you care for someone else’s dog before you can keep it?

My family and I have been watching someone else’s dog for two weeks now, she doesn’t give us food, she doesn’t check up on him or anything because she’s going homeless. He doesn’t have a tag and we are not sure if he has a chip. We are starting to get attached and we tried buying him off... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 18, 2020

Forever.

You can asked to be reimbursed for your costs of care, however, if the owner does eventually come pick up the dog.

I’d say you’re going to spend a lot more on caring for the dog than $1,000 from the sounds of it and if you dint buy the dog from her, now, you’ll...
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Q: I was puppy sitting for 2 days while the owner went out of town. 2 weeks later & no response. how can I xfer ownership?

How can our family legally transfer ownership? The owner has not responded to any texts or calls.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 4, 2020

You would have to get the owner’s consent. You can’t transfer ownership without the owner.

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Q: Neighbor wont return missing dog without being paid $500

My roommates dog(a chihuahua) ran off right before the Covid shutdown in Colorado. He posted missing dog fliers and looked around for his dog. Recently(about 3 months later) a neighbor seen another neighbor walking the dog. He admits that he found the dog, but refuses to give the dog back unless... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 4, 2020

He can call the police to see if they will help get the dog back, but that’s up to the officer whether they’ll consider it a civil matter or not. If they won’t help, he’ll have to sue.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: Can a dog rescue take their non-aggressive, healthy dog away from a foster family to euthanize him?

Colorado: We have been fostering a dog for eight weeks. He's never been aggressive in any way, but he does have separation anxiety and he fears loud noises and strangers. He has caused quite a lot of damage to our home, but he is getting a little bit better and more confident every day.... Read more »

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

The rescue legally owns the dog and they can demand him back from you. However, this is probably a liability concern for the rescue to adopt him out to others, although I am a little surprised they want to euthanize him. You could try to negotiate adopting him. It might be helpful to get a lawyer... Read more »

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Q: How do I take someone to court to get my dog? I was told small claims by the cops.

I have all of my puppy’s paper work and I am microchipped to her- I even still pay her Veterinary insurance. My ex roommate told animal control and the cops that I “adopted shasta for her” when I went to pick her up, I simply left shasta in her care as I moved. There were never any written or... Read more »

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

No, the cops don't know the law. They just say whatever they can to get you to leave them alone about stuff like this. If they saw your paperwork, they should have assisted you, but since they won't, you will have to take her to court. You can take her to small claims, but county court is... Read more »

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Q: Do I have to take a lost dog to the pound, regardless of finding him a home already?

A couple of guys from out of state found a old cattle dog and brought it to the store I work at to ask me to call animal control. Unfortunately this town is so small there isn't such a thing and the nearest facility is about 30 miles from where I live. Instead they gave me him to take care of,... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jun 9, 2020

Since you're in Canada, I'm not sure the exact laws. In the US in Colorado, the rule on lost property is 5 years. You might want to call around to local lawyers to get a correct answer. But, it seems like the dog would be in good hands if he stayed with you.

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