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Q: Is a landlord allowed to tell someone with a non aggressive esa dog to get pet insurance to obtain tenancy?

I was trying to move into a friends trailer and rent a room from him. He asked the property manager for a background check as he was pointing to me for whom. I had just walked up with my esa dog. The manager pointed to my ESA stating "I told you no dogs" ,"no dogs no dogs no... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on May 2, 2020

If the landlord doesn't want to rent to you, he doesn't have to.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Can my boss force me to handle dead rattlesnakes?

I work at a gas station in Florida my boss/owner buys dead rattlesnakes from people that brings them to the store, then they have to be measured then placed into the walk in cooler until the boss takes them wherever, the people are then paid out of the register by whoever is on shift at the time... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Apr 18, 2020

Yes, your boss can require you to do that. I don't believe there such a license.

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1 Answer | Asked in Agricultural Law and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: What is the minimum age in Kentucky for a breeder to sell a puppy.

I want to buy a puppy but breeder wants to give to me at 5 weeks old . Is this legal? I tho they need to wait 8 weeks .

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Apr 11, 2020

This section of this site is for questions concerning Florida law. Ask your question in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Kentucky.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: Need assistance with a co-ownership!

I sold a purebred puppy on co-own to someone, with the verbal agreement that I get pick puppy from the first litter. After that, I would sign full ownership over to her. She has now “forgotten” that we had the agreement, now that the dog has her first litter and is refusing to give me my pick... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Apr 5, 2020

Sure, many attorneys can help you with, and represent you on. a breach of contract matter, which is what you have, but in your case, you'd likely have to pay an attorney FAR more than the monetary value of the pup you were supposed to receive. If the person who breached the agreement... Read more »

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Q: So I have a Bullmastiff. We had friends over and a 7 year old fed my dog a sponge. We can only prove it cuz

The vet did a $5k surgery to remove it. Can I sue the parents.? They both think my dog was stupid cuz he ate it. But the child put it in my dogs reach.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Mar 31, 2020

Dogs are allowed to be stupid. The question, nevertheless, would be whether the parents were negligent by allowing their child to eat the sponge. For the purpose of this question, I shall assume the surgery was necessary.

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Q: What is the process of picking your dogs up from shelter? My 2 dogs got out & someone took them to the local shelter.

Called shelter but they’re closed

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Mar 17, 2020

Wait until the shelter is open, call the shelter, and ask, obviously.

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Q: Will I get arrested for keeping my dog.?

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Mar 15, 2020

No, you won't be arrested. He would have to sue you for possession of the dog. If he prevails in court the judge would order you to give the dog to your BF. Only then, should you disobey the court order, would you be in danger of being arrested.

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Q: My boyfriend bought a puppy but she has lived with me for 4 months. Can he legally take her?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 13, 2020

This is not a legal question. But common sense tells us that if your boyfriend bought the puppy it belongs to him. If he GAVE the puppy to you as a GIFT, then it is yours. But there is no easy answer under your set of facts. Work it out.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Should I get a lawyer & is my case strong? can I sue for my time being wasted in court when I don’t have time for this?

I make the payments for the dog everything is in my name. Took it to grooming etc. The dog was a gift to my family, ex thinks it was a gift to her as well because she would take it on weekends & do things with him, buying him toys & grooming as well, voluntarily when we were together. when... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Feb 25, 2020

You didn't say whether your ex was married to you or not, but I assume you were not married because if you were, this would be an issue in dissolution of marriage proceedings in the family court. I assume you mean she filed suit in small claims court. Answer to question, "Should I get a... Read more »

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Q: My nabor shoots off firecrackers every time he sees my dogs in backyard. What can I do. It causes my dogs to freak out .

One of the dogs is adopted has bad reactions to the loud voice

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 28, 2020

Find someone to train your dogs to not be afraid of loud noises.

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Q: A dog got into my stuff and got hurt am I responsible?

A family was letting me stay on their property while I was doing work from them. Their dog got into my closed tackle box and ate a fishing hook. Am I responsible for the vet bill?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 28, 2020

You would be responsible if they can persuade the court that you negligently caused the injury. Was the tackle box closed in such a manner that one could reasonably anticipate that a dog would be able to get into it? If so, was it left in a place where the dog could get to it? I would, were I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Let family watch dog , they claimed she disappeared in oct. 2019 and they didnt tell me until Jan. 2020 what can I do?

Family in bonifay was supposed to watch my dog until I finished moving to Georgia they claimed she just disappeared but wouldnt tell me anything when I asked about the dog until I told them I would take legal actions then they said she dissapeared and now none of my family will talk to me who had... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jan 25, 2020

Sure, anyone can take legal action against anyone else at any time; but IMO you are wasting your time here because you have no real damages. IMO, your dog probably ran away, looking for you because that is what lonely dogs do.

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Q: If a person gave a dog away, but is still paying for the dog . do I have to give her money if she asks?

I was given a dog and now the previous owner wants me to take over payments. I was told nothing about money when I was given the dog.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 23, 2020

In general, no: unless you agreed to take over the payments, or unless the previous owner has a lien on the dog (unlikely), you don't have to pay.

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Q: My pet is microchipped and someone found him brought him to Florida Aid to Animals stating he found my dog but didn’t

Call me or leave my dog there is Florida aid to Animals responsible ?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 5, 2020

No, from what you indicate, Florida Aid to Animals is not responsible.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Land Use & Zoning for Florida on
Q: i am zoned for 5 animals at my specific address. can dcf legally tell me that i can only have 4.

none of my animals are sick and my child isnt sick. can you supply a specific law that covers this?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 30, 2019

All "zoning laws" allow you to keep some number of animals at you address are local ordnances, not laws. Whenever the health, welfare and/or safety of children is an issue the Florida DCF has superior state law jurisdiction and the authority under Florida law to protect all children... Read more »

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Q: should I receive some of my money back?

I brought my puppy for $2,195 because she was just turning 2 months , three days after I got her I had to take her to the vet because she had blood in her stool. I had to sign her back over to the pet store so she can be treated by their vet because they sold me a sick puppy. They kept the money... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 27, 2019

No, not unless the pet store voluntarily gives back some of your money. This situation should NOT be about money. IMO you should be very grateful that the pet store is paying for all the major medical treatments your puppy is undergoing right now. Why not focus on loving your puppy? Have you tried... Read more »

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Q: Two years ago I sold a puppy to a young man. At the time of the sell, the puppy had a Florida health certificate from

Florida License Veterans . On The health certificate vet noted that the puppy only had one testicle that dropped at the time. The puppy was sold without breeding rights. And a health Guarantee that Said that the new owner must take the new puppy to the vet within 72 hours I’ve never heard... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Dec 15, 2019

I'm guessing that you want someone to agree with you that they don't have much of a case. I agree.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: My dog was killed by a car driven by a careless driver with only a speed of less than 5 mph. Chose drivr over hoa

Driver chose to drive over appeared intentional definitely cruel conduct.

History of doing this, multiple witnesses all willing to testify , hoa is aware of past that this person is a danger. Nothing done. Appears culpable negligence

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Dec 4, 2019

What does the HOA have to do with it? If you believe a crime was committed, report it to the local law enforcement authorities.

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