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Q: I am being sued by a dogs owner who gave dogs to her neighbor who gave them to me.

Should the owner sue me, or the person she gave the dogs to? I am willing to give back the dogs, I've had them 8 months , understood they needed a forever home, I fed them, got shots update, last shots in 2016. Her children are in foster care for abandonment by her. she lives in a shelter, the dogs... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 25, 2019

The owner was probably correct in suing both of you. You should attend the final hearing and explain that you arranged to deliver them to her but that she failed to show up at the meeting.

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Q: If you take care of an animal for over 6 months with no bills for food can the old owners legally take him away
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 23, 2019

Did they give or sell the animal to you; or did you simply take care of it. If it's the former, it's yours and they can't legally take it from you.

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

I had a warrant for right at three months for violation of probation. I had failed a drug screen at my out patient drug treatment class back in October 2018. On January 15,2019 i was arrested at my home . Although i did not come out of my house for 6 &1/2 hours,i feel the city police used... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 4, 2019

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.

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

I have 2 young children with a 3rd on the way. These dogs are aggressive and have been known to bite. They have a fenced in back yard and let the dogs out of the front yard. Every time you drive down the road, you have to slam on your breaks to stop from hitting them. They have now began coming... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 26, 2019

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...
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Q: I gave my 2 micro chipped husky's away to someone for free, now they are selling them for $500. is the illegal?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 23, 2019

Dogs are property. When you give property away, the recipient is free to sell that property. So yes.

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

The dog is a vicious German Shepard that tries to go after the neighbors

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Jan 19, 2019

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... Read more »

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Q: Do I have a legal case?

I purchased a German Shephard puppy in Feb 2018. The breeder has a one year health guarantee. At six months of age he was diagnosed with EPI, according to my vet it is hereditary. I told the breeder about the diagnosis, and she did not believe it, so she had me get him tested at one of her Vets.... Read more »

Josh Corriveau
Josh Corriveau answered on Jan 12, 2019

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.

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

My boyfriends friend was staying here along with his dog, he never said he was moving out but started staying somewhere else and still has the key to our house. He agreed to get the dog and come feed him, we were never responsible for the dog however we did feed him. The dog was taking away for... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 2, 2019

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.

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

We are devastated. We recently lost our family dog to cancer and wanted healthy puppies.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Dec 15, 2018

It's called "Ask a Lawyer". What that means is that you are supposed to actually ask a question.

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

They don’t have money for food for this animal let alone vet bills for the puppies. They have her out at all times of the day in Florida heat and it stays under their porch until they’re home. No chip, no collar, no fence or dog house. I’ve been asked to foster it. My question is.. are there... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 9, 2018

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... Read more »

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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?

My boss gave me her 3 year old French bulldog, we didn’t sign any papers it was a verbal agreement she would be mine. I’ve taken her to the vet to get her rabies shot and will be going to lee county clerks office to get her tags, she is microchipped in my bosses name how do I switch that and... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 28, 2018

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.

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Q: where can I obtain a civil court summons for collier county This for a pit bull attack and damages
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 11, 2018

You need to file a complaint before a summons will be issued. Contact the clerk of court for your county.

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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

had been given shots a week prior, and possibly she was having an allergic reaction to them because she was coughing and not acting herself and tired. I wound up staying up all night with her in the rocking chair because she just couldn’t settle down, There was certainly something not right with... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 24, 2018

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.

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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.

I texted her and let her know we were taking her to the Vet. She never respond. I called and left a msg to let her know what was going on. She didn't answer my call. I finally reached her boyfriend in FB and let him know Id been trying reach her and that the dog had to be put down due to advanced... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 24, 2018

I really don't think the police are going to imagine you, or the vet, committed a crime.

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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

They have left their dog with my roommate for a month and a half but neither the roommate or dog owner have paid for anything, leaving me to pay for food and medicine. The owner wont come pick it up and my roommate wont get rid of it. Also when she gave the dog to us to watch, she neglected to get... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 20, 2018

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
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?

I have PTSD & per my VA doctors advisement I will be getting a service dog & I’m now on a waiting list. I could be on this list for 6 to 18 months. The property does allow pets which we have one, but there is a weight limit. I have no control over breed/size, although the standard is medium... Read more »

Jonathan A. Klurfeld
Jonathan A. Klurfeld answered on Sep 13, 2018

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,

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

Want to make sure the dogs will have a safe home.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 9, 2018

What do you mean by "the Pet Adoption Agreement"?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
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

He took my dog. I had left my dog in the room locked with food and water. And when I returned the latch to the front door of the house was taken off and the door to the room where my dog was at was unlocked. Is that enough proof? There's no one else who has keys to the house. And the landlord is... Read more »

Kevin John Mawn
Kevin John Mawn answered on Sep 7, 2018

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.

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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

Is there a cap on quantity of animals? It's a huge nusiance

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 4, 2018

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.

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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

We agreed via email I’ve had the dog for 2 months I told him to come get the dog but he wont what can I do

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 9, 2018

Turn the dog over to animal control and let him know. Sue him in small claims.

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