Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer There is no straightforward answer to this question. Shooting a dog is generally considered animal cruelty. If you are being attacked by the dog or the dog is attacking another person, you may be justified in shooting the dog. It is a defense to a criminal charge of animal cruelty to shoot the dog if the dog is attacking or destroying your property. If the dog is merely trespassing, you are most likely not justified in shooting it and could face felony animal cruelty charges.
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer Contact the police ASAP and report your dog stolen. If you find out that your dog was not stolen and has simply run away, be sure to update the police and inform them that you found your dog. If you have evidence that it was your neighbor (video recording of them committing the crime, picture of your dog in their house, communications from them telling you they did it), be sure to provide that to the police as well.
As an interim step, if you believe that your dog was stolen, you can...
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer Once you gave up your dog to your friend, you effectively transferred ownership of the dog to someone else. You never intended to receive the dog back. Legally your friend owned the dog and could do with it whatever she liked at that point.
It is still possible for you to get the dog back from the current owner, but that is going to be through negotiating with the current owner and possibly buying it back.
Consult with an attorney in your area for legal advice. Any information...
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer There is no set time limit where an animal becomes your property. The animal can legally become yours if the animal is abandoned. At that point the animal has no owner and anyone can claim it. However, in order for personal property like an animal to be considered abandoned there must be intent on the owner to disclaim ownership. Right now you are still basically holding the animal on behalf of the owner.
If you really want the animal you may wish to offer to buy it from the owner.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer I am sorry to hear of your situation. Your question was listed for patents (inventions). You may have meant paRents but that is not a category.
You may want to post the same question under Family law or Elder law as this is a question of intervening when a family member may not be competent to take make decisions and others need to act on that person's behalf.
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer Your landlord can refuse to renew your lease for just about any reason as long as it is not illegal. Not wanting to rent to someone with a dog is a legal reason to not renew a lease agreement.
T. J. Jesky's answer Sounds that you actually answered your own question. If the pet was stolen, the people who stole the pet did not have legal custody of the pet. It was a stolen pet, owned by your family. You family is rightful owner of the pet, and your family has custody of the pet. If you haven 't done so already, you should place an identifying tags on the dog.
T. J. Jesky's answer First, you cannot "press charges," only the local prosecutor can "press charges." You do have a civil case of "conversion" against the dogs. However, that is not going to help you very much. There is no question that you are upset; however, you have few legal options. The legal costs to pursue this matter far out-weigh the cost of game system. Let me suggest you work this out with your mother.
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer Yes, you can sue them in civil litigation for the theft, as well as the damage suffered to your property (the dog), including vet costs, the cost of the pregnancy and possibly even the cost of raising the pups. You should consult with an attorney in your area who handles civil litigation and animal law. You may also wish to report them to the police for the theft of your dog.
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer You absolutely should have the original owner sign a transfer over to you, otherwise the owner could come back later and claim ownership of the dog. Additionally many vets will refuse to treat animals if you do not have proper paperwork showing ownership.
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer First step would be reporting the aggressive dogs to whatever your local version of animal control is, whether that is at a local or county level. Some counties require animal attacks to be reported.
Second you may be looking at a small claims case assuming that the damages are under $6,000.00 ($8,000.00 in Marion County). Small Claims cases are a relatively informal legal procedure that is set up for litigants unrepresented by an attorney (although you may retain one for Small Claims...
Generally county law governs animal control and animal laws when it comes to animals that have to be put down. That's usually only after an assessment that the animal is vicious and that usually only comes after the dog has bitten someone. Barking is not an indicator that a dog is vicious.
That said, while is doubtful that your dog could be put down...
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer Absent some laws in the Indianapolis area (which is where Justia is telling me you are posting from), I am not familiar with any laws that would cause you to have to readopt your dog if it had been missing for a while.
The more likely scenario that I can think is that the shelter is refusing to release the dog to you until you pay for the board, food and any vet fees they incurred. This is a very common practice among animal shelters.
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer None. Emotional support animals are not recognized under Indiana law or the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Businesses and other organizations are not legally required to allow emotional support animals onto their premises, allow them to accompany their owners or accommodate them.
Service animals (those trained to perform specific tasks or provide benefits for their owners with a disability) are protected under Indiana and federal law and must be accommodated.
Chase T Wilson's answer If your son lives with you your homeowner's will probably also cover his negligence. The best course of action here is to turn the matter over to your homeowner's. They are required to represent you in any legal matter where you may have exposure.
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