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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Georgia on

Q: I live in an HOA Iam enduring harassment and nuisance behavior. My HOA won't help

This lady and her family bring her dogs to my home to do their business specifically in my yard even after I've asked them to stop.

Paula J. Mcgill answered on Jul 8, 2019

You can bring a civil action against her for nuisance and trespass.

If you haven't already done so, send a cease and desist letter or hire an attorney to do it. You can use that letter in court if she continues her behavior.

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Georgia on

Q: What kind of attorney should I seek for a misdemeanor charge for leaving our dog in our car over lunch?

Dog was fine and animal control let us leave with the dog.

Brandon Alexander Thomas answered on Jul 6, 2019

It's a criminal charge so you would get a criminal attorney that handles misdemeanors.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Georgia on

Q: Hit a free running dog and received a lawyer for monetary damages

Last month, my SUV hit a free running dog in our community. His owner was not watching him. I did drive legally. I did not speed and I was driving very carefully. I have drive camera can prove that. I did not report to police. Now the owner wants me to pay for the medical bill, and she hired a... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 19, 2019

see my response to the identical post.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Georgia on

Q: Hit a free running dog and his owner wants me to pay his vet bill.

Last month my car hit a free running dog. I was driving very slow and carefully since there was a speed bump in front of me. The dog just run to my car from right upper corner. I did not realize I hit a dog until I saw he was injured in my mirror. I have a driver recorder recorded everything. In my... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 19, 2019

Make a copy of the letter, give it to your car insurance.

First, you are not responsible if a dog is running free. Get a copy of the borough code section and send a copy to your insurance company.

Do not speak further with the lawyer or the person.

Do not discuss this on...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on

Q: My daughter was bitten by a dog at her job in a boarding kennel by an aggressive dog that is forbidden.

The owner of the kennel knew of the dogs aggression, but took it because it was an officer friend's K-9

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 2, 2018

Contact a member of the Ga. Trial Lawyers Assn who handles workers comp in the county where it happened--they give free consults and can best advise your daughter of her rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on

Q: Recently charged with four counts of nuisance animal and harsh penalties have been applied to where I can't have animals

Can the local solicitor general order me never to have animals on my property again

David Edward Boyle answered on Aug 11, 2018

Any penalty imposed would be limited in time to the maximum time allowed under the law which for ordinances may be 60 days or 6 months. But you would need to check the city or county ordinance where you live.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on

Q: Do I need a lawyer it I got attacked by two dogs in my neighborhood

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 20, 2018

You would appear to have a case that is worth following up. I suggest anyone with such a claim contact a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Assn.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on

Q: Is there any kind of law against barking dogs. My neighbor is complaing because my dogs where outside barking.

They were out side and she works from home and complains about my dogs barking. 85% of the time the dogs stay inside.

Jeremy Cohen answered on Feb 5, 2018

Hello,

Laws and guidelines regarding barking dogs are typically based on the bylaws of the city or town in which you live. The bylaws can usually be accessed on the city or town's website. If you have further questions regarding this topic, feel free to reach out to Boston Dog Lawyers at...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law, Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on

Q: Can my step dad kick my young child and I out without any notice prior to vacate?

We've been here less than 3 months, he said we could stay until I got accepted or denied for a loan towards my own home purchase. He's constantly a different man and changing his mind about things. Now, less than 15 days from Christmas he wants us to move out knowing I'm low income and banking on... Read more »

Stephanie E. Emanuel answered on Dec 10, 2017

Well, you can certainly contact a lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your situation and see what answers they give you. While you are staying at his place you should find other accommodations. I am limited to what I can answer in a public forum, which is why I am telling you to contact a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Georgia on

Q: What would be the penalty for stealing a dog because the owner was threatening to have him euthanized for no reason.

I really want to know if there would be jail time included or what the fines could look like if any. Its not for dog fighting. Im just trying to get this dog out of a bad situation and the owner refuses to let me have him. The dog and owner live in Locust Grove Georgia but I live in Milner Georgia... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 30, 2017

It's theft so if they want to have the police find you then you are looking at a criminal charge. My advice: let the humane society know and let them handle it. If it is abuse they can step in. If not, you need to back away.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Georgia on

Q: What do i do?

A couple weeks ago a drunk guy on a scooter hit my dog. I told the cop when he got there that he said he had been drinking and i also have witnesses that heard him.

William Head answered on Sep 7, 2017

Police investigate cases, and either charge or don't charge. Was your dog off its leash? Did the scooter driver get a DUI ticket?

Not enough info to answer this statement, and non-question.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Georgia on

Q: I took my 3 month puppy to a man that does ear cropping he gave him 2 extra milligrams of Anastasia he never woke up

He weighed 28 pounds his sister weighed 30 but the sister only got her ears cropped the male was going to get his ears and tail done but he gave him the same amount of the sister to The male because of the tail I have my bill of sale for the dog could I take him to court for this I'm really hurt he... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 24, 2017

You could, but he only owes you the cost of what he did and the "market value" of a dog of that breed and age.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Georgia on

Q: If an individiual takes your animal to be fixed. And then has them put down without owner consent.

Vet saw an issue and she wouldn't have lived much longer but we never had a chance to say goodbye, got the remains, or were even notified before it occurred. What are my options at this point?

William Head answered on Aug 4, 2017

This is not a wrongful death case. That pertains to persons, and from some accident or negligent act of another.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on

Q: how do you ensure probation/charges do not show up on your record?

I am being charged with two count of neglect and failure to restrain. The prosecuter said it is a minimum 6 month probation.

William Head answered on Jun 23, 2017

Arrest and conviction records for criminal cases are controlled by federal and state law. If your mugshot and fingerprints were obtained, you HAVE a "record."

Whether that offense is ever removed from your record depends on the naure of the plea proceedings, and what is agreed and made part...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Georgia on

Q: Can I sue an animal hosp.if they didnt follow protocol with a preg.dog that was "DOA" and I told them to save the pups?

I did CPR on her all the way there. They did CPR 5 minutes then told me she was dead, did I want them to take out the babies? I said they should have been out by now. They took babies out and ONLY did compressions on them. No shot or drops to jump start their hearts according to other vets I've... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2017

You can only get the market value of the pups if you can prove they would have survived had the hospital used extreme measures--which requires expert testimony that will cost you more than the market value of the dogs. Sorry, but time to let go of this one.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on

Q: if my roommate let's my dog out of the fence and she get killed can I sue her

My roommate keeps letting the dog out of the fence and she was almost killed by a car today. There is a runner system installed on my porch (with a gate) so she can go out without having a chance to get out. There are many precautions in place to prevent her from escaping. When I'm home this never... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 14, 2017

If you can, you will only get the market value of the dog in most states.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on

Q: Neighbor's dog broke my fence. My tiny dachshund went through the opening. Neighbor's dog killed my dachshund.what to do

DO they need to repair my fence? I'm afraid to go in my backyard. . Neighbors dog is destroying my 6 ft privacy fence.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 24, 2017

If their dog destroys your fence they own cost of repair. As it's a neighbor, I'd suggest run it through your insurance then they go after him. Unfortunately your dachshund there's little value the law gives.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on

Q: my golden retriever broke the lease and because a 25 year old girl started running my dog ran after her. She got scared

then she fell on her butt and broke her glasses. my dog did not bite or scratch her. i said i will pay for the glasses the actual cost. she say she will take it legally. please tell me what will happen

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 17, 2016

If you have homeowners, report it to homeowners. If she sues you must respond. If you have insurance,tell them by phone, send them by fax and certified mail a copy of whatever you get.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on

Q: Can a property owner be sued if a dog on their property bites someone? They don't own the dog. The pple renting does.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 6, 2016

Generally the owner of land can only be sued if they are on notice that the renter's dog has vicious propensities--i.e. previously bit someone AND THEY KNEW ABOUT IT.

If you were bit why not contact a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Assn --they give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Consumer Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on

Q: [I am xtrmly allergic to pet dander & sick 2 death of ppl bringg their pets into retail stores] wht is GA law regrdg thi

None

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 23, 2016

Ga. law as far as I know says that if your business allows it, they can bring their pets in except in food stores. it's up to your manager/owner. You can ask for reasonable accomodation but that only means if they can change your work area. They don't have to exclude people with pets because you... Read more »

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