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Q: If a female dog owner and a male dog owner had a verbal agreement and the female dog owner broke the agreement.

can we take legal action on this matter because no one signed any contracts but we do have picture proof that they agreed on the matter

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 12, 2020

Perhaps, but you didn't say what the agreement provided for. And, I don't know if it matters, but by "female dog owner", do you mean that the owner was female or the dog was female. Ditto re: the "male dog owner".

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Q: If somone continues to touch my dog without my permission and I ask them not to what would you recommend I do?

A man at the dog park who I don't know and don't believe is completely there has been harassing other peoples dogs. He continues to touch peoples dogs without their permission and will chase after them. More than one person has asked him to stop is there anything we can do? Call the cops?... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 12, 2020

Don't take the dog there anymore.

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Q: If somone grabs my dog to pet him at the dog park and I have asked them not too but they continue can I press charges?

My dog enjoys going to the dog park and will run to other dogs to play. There have been a few instances were somone will go out of their way to grab my dog to pet him. I usually ask them not to and they stop however their is one individual who I have asked numerous times to keep his hands of my... Read more »

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

No, you can't "press charges". It's not a crime to touch someone else's dog.

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Q: Let say I was breeding dogs and they died from something i couldn't control . can the other partner sue??
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 10, 2020

Your question is unclear. Do you mean that you are in a business partnership and that the partnership is in the dog-breeding business? If so, why would your partner want to sue you?

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Q: What is the best verbiage on a sign that will be posted on my property, warning people I have a protective dog?

I heard certain verbiage can hold dog owner liable if the dog bites someone; while other verbiage releases dog owner from liability. Please provide clarity of this issue. Thank you very much.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 25, 2020

The wording on such a sign would not "release[ you] from liability", but it might be evidence that the injured person had assumed the risk of being injured by your dog. It's difficult to imagine how or why you would post a sign which would "hold [you] liable"; perhaps... Read more »

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Q: Can I sue an officer for entering my property uninvited and shooting my dog?

They were warned we had dogs too

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 23, 2020

Yes. Talk to a civil rights attorney in your area.

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Q: If an unknown neighbor came to my door and my dog got out and they were scared can I be sued

They came to complain about my dog pooping in their yard, which is actually an easement

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 20, 2020

They were scared, but not injured? Surely you jest.

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Q: My boyfriend and I were given a dog by a family who could no longer care for it. After about 8 months of having the dog,

we broke up. I took the dog when I left our apartment because I didn't feel that he would care for the dog properly (he often left for 2 or three days at a time to go drinking with his buddies - hence the reason we broke up). I left the state for a couple months and stayed with my parents... Read more »

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

If you're not living with him, he can't abuse you any more. If he shows up on your property or space, call the police immediately and do not let him enter! If you're afraid the dog will be abused in his possession, keep the dog and stay away from this guy. You can block his... Read more »

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Q: My husband and I were given 3 dogs over the years from a rescue person that was a personal friend. We never signed paper

nor exchanged money. We were given another dog in January that she is now threatening to take back because she and I had differing opinions on Facebook. The dog was given to us at local store that is owned by A

couple who also works with rescues. A picture was taken of the woman from the... Read more »

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

It sounds like the dog is legally yours, whether you paid money, signed a contract, or not, or were given the dog as a gift. Verbal contracts of donative intent or verbal contracts conveying ownership are just as enforceable as written contracts.

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Q: If I adopt a pet from a pet rescue, does said paid belong to me or am I just 'renting' it from the agency?

I recently got a cat from a pet rescue. When adopting the cat I had to fill out a lengthy adoption contract. A few parts concerned me and I was hoping someone could provide clarification.

"1: I understand that I am not PURCHASING a pet but ADOPTING and SAVING THE LIFE of a homeless... Read more »

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

You're confused by the language "not purchasing", and I can understand your confusion. From your brief description, it appears the intent of the agreement is that the pet is not being sold to you, but rather is given to you as a GIFT. It calls the adoption fee a... Read more »

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Q: Am I allowed to sue for damages if my unregistered dog was attacked by my neighbor’s unregistered/ unvaccinated dog?

This happened during a walk that they had a plank that was loose on their fence and they moved it to the side, allowing a hole large enough for their dog to escape out of. An hour or so later they fixed the fence so is that negligible on their part since it was easily fixed with the plank there and... Read more »

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

Yes, but generally your damages are limited to the value of your dog or veterinary bills. You could also call animal control and get this person charged with the crime and get restitution through the criminal

Process.

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Q: What type of signage do I need to have in my property to protect me and my dog?

I moved to a 1.25 acre home and want to know what type of signs I need in case someone enters my property and my dog(s) are loose.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 29, 2020

How about "Beware of the dogs."?

Hopefully you also have insurance.

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Q: Can I be sued if my dog gets the neighbors dog pregnant?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 29, 2020

Perhaps.

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Q: Can someone give your dogs away, that they agreed to hold for you? The home is owned by both parties!

I currently live in Central Florida and due to extenuating circumstances, I had taken my dogs to Miami, where I owned a house with my soon to be ex. The verbal agreement was that as soon as the house sold and I could find a place to live I would pick the dogs. Well, he has sold the house refuses to... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 4, 2020

Do you know who he gave the dogs to? If so, contact them and tell them they are your dogs and you want them back.

I suspect that this may relate to another question which I just answered here. I would be helpful if you could put all of the details in the same "question".

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Q: Can I own a dog without living with them? My grandparents want me to be the legal owner of their dog but stay with them.
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 4, 2020

Can you own the dog while not living with your grandparents? Sure. Who would take care of the dog? Whatever the arrangement, get it in writing.

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Q: If person has a found dog and sees signs looking for dog, but doesn't contact authorities or call owner, is it stealing?

Thank you Mr. Thorgaard! 1. If the man knew the dog was missing and made no attempt to return it, isn't that theft, assuming he saw the posted flyers, and received the email with a flyer sent to him. 2. After receiving an anonymous call telling me the man had the dog, I'm suspicious she... Read more »

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

I think what I was trying to suggest is that it is doubtful that she would be prosecuted because she can claim to be unaware of the posters, etc. The authorities would have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that she knew the dog was yours. They may feel that proving that would be difficult.

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Q: Person finds lost dog, doesn't report finding, still has dog. Now 5 months. Can they legally keep it now?

Friend lost dog in Destin, from Panama City (12/19/19) On 12/20/19 witness reported seeing man with it at apts. He didn't report it found, made no attempt to find owner. Flyer was sent to residents, no one came forward. Posted in every lost dog group and internet group possible. After 5 mnths... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 1, 2020

No, it is not the person's dog and he can't keep it. But it probably can't be proven that the dog is stolen.

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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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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

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