District of Columbia Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: If my dog gets out and bites someone but it was the fault of my contractor who didn't create a sturdy fence, am I still

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for District of Columbia on
Answered on Dec 18, 2018
Mark Oakley's answer
Yes. It’s your dog and your defective fence. Turn the claim over to your homeowners insurance company to pay. If you are still within the warranty period or statute of limitations to sue the fence contractor for defective work, you can sue to have the fence repaired or restored to proper specifications. It will be up to your homeowners insurer to decide whether to file a subrogation suit against the fence contractor for the damages paid out to the dog bite victim, but I doubt the contractor...

Q: My friend went to jail. His dog was taken by animal welfare. The owner had the SPCA contact me to care for his dog

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for District of Columbia on
Answered on Feb 17, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Why would you want to keep someone else's dog from them? The dog may be legally considered abandoned, but it depends on the facts. I hear nothing about any dog-sitting contractual obligations. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY,...

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.