T. J. Jesky's answer Since 2011 a ban has been placed in Illinois on owning chimps and monkeys. Monkey owners who purchased their pets before the law went into effect can keep their pets, but no new ones can be purchased legally.
The exception to this new law are monkeys used for therapy or helping disabled people..
T. J. Jesky's answer I am not sure how long it has been or if you gave her formal notice. From the time you give her notice, you are entitled to any additional fees for "storage" and care of the animal during that time, if she reclaims the dog.
If she does not reclaim the dog at the end of the redemption period, the dog is considered abandoned and the dog by default becomes your to do with as you please.
Howard Abrams' answer This is a complicated question, but if you did not own the dog or were dog sitting or letting the dog stay at your house, you are probably no responsible. If your sister lived with your dad then his insurance could cover it. Your sister is definitely responsible, but probably does not have any insurance if she was living with your dad. Either way your insurance company will defend you if they decide sue you, but I would not pay anything out of pocket yourself.
Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden's answer You have to make a demand for your dog in writing. Write a letter, date it & keep a copy of it. I recommend to use a nice tone in the letter, asking to have the dog returned to you by a date certain. Then if they do not return the dog to you, you can file a small claims lawsuit. You will want to attach the dated letter where you demanded the return of your dog (in 24 hours or whatever was your time limit). You will have to bring proof to court that the dog is registered in your name & all or...
Peter N. Munsing's answer Contact a member of the Ill.Trial Lawyers Assn in your area--they give free consults. However, "bystander trauma" usually only occurs if it's a human relative that is under attack, not an animal. But get the free consult.
Josh Rohrscheib's answer Yes, you can sue. You should try to discuss it with your neighbor first to see if he will help with vet costs. I'm assuming your neighbor is more moron than monster and this was accidental. If you think his conduct was deliberate, there is a statute that allows for more serious damages for claims against those who have abused an animal, including recovery of attorneys' fees and punitive damages.
As I answer your question, my own dog is curled up at my feet. I certainly feel for you and...
Josh Rohrscheib's answer If you have homeowners insurance or renters insurance, advise them of the claim immediately. You shouldn't pay $5,000 without some kind of evidence. You can probably pay a lawyer for a few hours of time if you want to settle to review everything for you and draw up a settlement agreement and release of claims so you can make sure your neighbor doesn't continue to pursue you for more money in the future.
Steve McCann's answer You will likely not be found liable if it is not your house, and it was not your dog. That said, if you were named in the lawsuit, you will have to defend the case so the plaintiff does not obtain a default judgment against you. I would recommend consulting with an Illinois attorney individually to discuss your options moving forward.
Steve McCann's answer The answer to your question depends on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the amount of the vet bills and the events leading up to the killing of the dog. I would recommend organizing everything that is relevant to this situation, and consulting with an attorney individually to ensure you protect your interests.
Vincent Anthony Incopero's answer Contact the police if you have not given your neighbor permission to enter your yard and remove your dog. A simple "please don't do this anymore" would be a good way to begin the discussion, but if that has already happened and your requests have been ignored, you may wish to contact the police to politely deliver the same message.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.