Iowa Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: So my parents abused me and I left about a year ago. I want to go back for my dogs. How would I do that?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Domestic Violence for Iowa on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
Were you a minor? Are you a minor now? What's your claim to the dogs over your parents'? Generally speaking, pets are treated just like personal property under the law.

Q: My roommate and I have too many dogs but can we get in trouble for it?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Mar 31, 2018
Stephen Douglas Lombardi's answer
Read your lease and your town or city ordinances. There lies the answer.

Q: In short, is a dog owner responsible for a dog who damages material property in a home (shoes, glasses, etc)?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017
Stephen Douglas Lombardi's answer
It is the roommates responsibility to control her pets and any damage the dog does is her's to pay to repair or to replace. No if's, and's or but's about it.

Q: Iowa - Is it illegal to record personal phone calls without the other persons consent?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 25, 2017
Stephen Douglas Lombardi's answer
Generally speaking so long as one person to a conversation has given permission, the call can be recorded. If recordings are legally obtained, so long as there is not another reason, the evidence is admissible.

Q: Iowa rescue shelter is threatening to file a claim for breach of contract. What are my rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 25, 2017
Stephen Douglas Lombardi's answer
It is improper and may even be a crime for someone to threaten to have someone put in jail over a disputed civil matter, such as an unpaid bill. In Polk County we refer to that as extortion. The contract you signed is what governs who should pay for what and when.

Q: Iowa, our female ran off 3 months ago, a neighbor 3 miles away has her, doesn't want to give her back, my rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 13, 2017
Stephen Douglas Lombardi's answer
According to the law, the dog is property. The owner can sue in District Court for the dog to be returned, via a procedure commonly referred to as a replevin. Or in small claims court for the value of the dog. Or consider reporting it to the police and asking law enforcement to assist in obtaining the dog's return to the rightful owner.

Q: Son(7) threw apple over fence. Neighbor dogs fought over it. Who pays vet bill?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 4, 2017
Stephen Douglas Lombardi's answer
In which state did this happen? In which town or city? Let's assume for a minute that the seven year old boy is responsible. Then the boy's parents, if they have a homeowner's policy would likely by the one paying the bills, minus any deductible.

Q: Can my neighbor take my dog to the vet and give her shots when it's not her dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Aug 31, 2017
Stephen Douglas Lombardi's answer
I fail to see how you are asking a serious question. First of all you admit the dog was running at-large, the dog was running without a collar and the dog had not been properly taken care of from a veterinarian standpoint. You are lucky the person who found it doesn't sue you to recover the costs of the shots. Instead of sounding indignant you should have apologized to the vet. tech. who found the dog, offered to pay for the shots and whatever it cost to board the dog, then gone to the local...

Q: I was walking on the street and a dog bit me - the owner basically ran off while I was checking my leg.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Nov 2, 2016
Stephen Douglas Lombardi's answer
It appears from where you posted this question the dog bite occurred somewhere in Iowa. Your medical bills may be covered by two insurance policies. The first, assuming you can identify the owner of the dog, would be the dog owner's homeowner's insurance policy. And if not, then perhaps your own homeowner's or renter's insurance policy.

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