Florida Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: Can city police departments be sued for using dogs inside a criminals home ,and the dog was in the leash the whole time?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Florida on
Answered on Feb 4, 2019
Peter Munsing's answer
I don't see it. They are required to secure fugitives. When you didn't come out you put yourself in that classification. If the dog was never unleashed they likely used the least intrusive alternative. Contact the Fla. civil liberties union to see if they have a different take.

Q: My neighbors have 6 dogs. They are little dogs but...

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Jan 26, 2019
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
If you don't want to spend the money, for either a fence or an attorney, and if animal control won't help, the only remaining option is to not let your children out of the house unaccompanied.

If I were you I would advise the neighbors that, if they continue to let the dogs into the front yard, I wouldn't be so careful to hit the brakes in the future.

Q: I gave my 2 micro chipped husky's away to someone for free, now they are selling them for $500. is the illegal?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Jan 23, 2019
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Dogs are property. When you give property away, the recipient is free to sell that property. So yes.

Q: Our association has a twenty-five pound limit on dogs. Can a young healthy girl bring in an 80 pound service dog? WPB

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Land Use & Zoning and Personal Injury for Florida on
Answered on Jan 19, 2019
Charles M. Baron's answer
If it's truly a certified service dog that serves the girl, yes, she has the right to have such a dog at ANY weight. HOWEVER, service dogs are NEVER vicious! They are trained to be very tolerant of people and dogs. Therefore, sounds like there is fraud going on, and there should be a legally proper inquiry to verify the dog's status. There is plenty of material on-line on what constitutes a legally proper inquiry, but if you have trouble finding that out, set an appointment with an attorney...

Q: Do I have a legal case?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Jan 12, 2019
Josh Corriveau's answer
It really depends. Additional information is needed. For instance, is everything in writing? Sometimes issues like this can be resolved by an attorney sending a demand letter and without litigation.

Q: can I be charged with animal neglect for a dog that is not mine?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Jan 2, 2019
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
If the animal was present in your house, you were aware that it was starving, and you did nothing, yes you can be charged with animal neglect. What the owner said he would do doesn't matter as much as what the dog needed.

Q: We purchased 2 puppies from a pet store. One is sick with a genetic, hereditary skin disease that will require alot

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 15, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
It's called "Ask a Lawyer". What that means is that you are supposed to actually ask a question.

Q: A neighbor has a dog, a mutt, under a year old. Her husband wants to breed it for whatever unknown purpose.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 9, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
If they were to sue you, they could only recover their damages. For a mongrel, with little or no monetary value, damages would be next to nothing. And no, you can't just refuse to give the dog back, assuming they had agreed you could keep it for a while but not own it. So your best course of action would be to demand that they sign it over to you in return for your "fostering" it.

Q: My boss gave me her dog in the chance I quit my job or am fired (doubtful about being fired), how do I prove ownership?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Oct 28, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
While you are still employed, get your boss to sign something to the effect that she has sold the dog to you for $1 or other consideration.

Q: where can I obtain a civil court summons for collier county This for a pit bull attack and damages

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Oct 11, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
You need to file a complaint before a summons will be issued. Contact the clerk of court for your county.

Q: My friend bought me a Yorkie puppy for my bday. We went to pick her up from the person, and were informed that she

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Recoup YOUR money? It was a gift. If you mean the veterinary expenses, not in excess of the value of the puppy (what your friend paid for it). Even then, you would have to prove that the giving of the shots was negligent. I don't think you have a case.

Q: We take care of my daughters pets, who live w/us. 1got sick, we took her to the Vet. had to be put down.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
I really don't think the police are going to imagine you, or the vet, committed a crime.

Q: Someone asked me to watch their dog and hasn't paid for anything and wont come pick the dog up. Can I take it to thepoun

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Sep 20, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Sure, you can leave the dog at the shelter or pound. By "fine them" do you mean sue them for your costs? Sure, but whether it would be worth the bother and expense is for you to decide.

Q: I am currently leasing in Florida. I have PTSD & I'm on a wait list for a service dog. Can my lease be terminated?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Answered on Sep 13, 2018
Jonathan A. Klurfeld's answer
A service animal is not a pet by definition, so you cannot be evicted for getting a service animal. But you are correct, they can simply not renew you in Feb 2019; so simply don't say anything as you could be done with that lease too before 18 months hits and it a non-issue,

Q: Trying to find a new home to my deceased father's dogs. Is the Pet Adoption Agreement a Legal Document?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Sep 9, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
What do you mean by "the Pet Adoption Agreement"?

Q: The landlord stole my dog. I'm not sure if he left him stranded somewhere or sold him. Do I need concrete evidence that

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Sep 7, 2018
Kevin John Mawn's answer
If you believe a crime has occurred, you should contact the police and report the theft. However, in a criminal case, the State must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The State may not be able to meet the burden of proof with these facts.

Q: We live in northern Florida, our neighbors have 200 plus animals they are zoned ar but it's only 4 acres ,27 dogs,etc

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Sep 4, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
It will depend upon where in Northern Florida you are; local zoning ordinances vary. Review the specific zoning code or talk to a code enforcement officer.

Q: a guy agreed to pay me 100 a wk to keep his dog he pd 150 and now refuses to pay me I have the dog

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Aug 9, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Turn the dog over to animal control and let him know. Sue him in small claims.

Q: Is it illegal to surrender someone's dog to a neighboring countys shelter. ( not the county the dog was found in orlives

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Aug 2, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Why don't you ask the neighboring county's animal shelter?

Q: Small dog ran up to my in my front yard yesterday, reported it as found to county, but someone else wants her, what now?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Jul 31, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
If "neighbor1" owns the dog, that person is entitled to the dog. If the dog has been mistreated, that is between the county animal control office and the neighbor.

if they cannot speak English well enough to find out if the dog is theirs, write them a letter or find a translator. Or take a picture of the dog and show it to them. But, bottom line, the dog is not yours.

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