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Q: Friend stole cat in 2016 and moves place to place but I have her main address and all text messages.

I have all the information about how she was helping me to get her fixed. Her parents were paying for its she asked me if it was ok, I asked to be there for the surgery and when we could pick her up. She threatened that her dad would hurt me.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 15, 2020

What is your question?

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Q: Tree cutting company let dogs loose from yard. Only one was recovered. No notice was sent. What should I do?

the tree company sent no information about coming to our house or needing access to our house for the power lines needing to be cut. Despite no warning and in our backyard and left our fence wide open. Both of our animals escaped. Only one was recovered and the other one is still missing, possibly... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 13, 2020

Contact a competent civil attorney and sue the teee company.

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Q: Defense of Domestic Animal.

I have been combing through the laws when it comes to force and deadly force against a dog attacking my dog. I have found two statues but need further help.

KRS 258.253 (1) Any person, without liability, may kill or seize any dog which is observed attacking any person. But only in the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 8, 2020

Your analysis is correct. The first statute applies only to people. The second one applies to animals, although if there is justification for doing do, it would probably protect you against a civil claim.

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Q: Do I have to show proof of rabies vaccine if my dog was not running loose and didn't not bite anyone?

My dog got her chain wrapped around her foot while we were sleeping and my neighbor called animal control. I don't have her vaccination records and cannot get them

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 3, 2020

Probably yes, since animal control is entitled to investigate the complaint. You need to immediately establish the dog with a new vet and see that the dog is up to date on all shots, including rabies.

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Q: does Kentucky have a last stating a person can only own two dogs?

I was told, by animal control, there is a state law that says no one is allowed to own more than two dogs. This sounds crazy to me.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 30, 2020

No. There is no such law.

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Q: what do i do if someone kept my dog after he ran off and refuse to give him back?

they are my neighbors, they know he is my dog, but they deny it even after proof. the police said they cant help us. hes been in our family for 7 years and we have plenty of proof of that. after we confronted them about it, they put up cameras and a "beware of dog" sign. they also already have a... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 24, 2020

Sue your neighbors for theft or conversion to get the dog back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Kentucky on
Q: My dog and another dog into a fight on the street and the owner got bit trying to get them apart. Can my dog get taken?

I lost grip of my dogs collar and my neighbor was walking her dog in the street with no leash. She was bitten by one of them trying to get them apart. Not she’s trying to get my dog taken by animal control.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 23, 2020

Sounds like you're both equally at fault. Very doubtful that your dog gets taken, especially if you witnessed it and it was her dog that actually bit her.

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Q: can i legally bill animal control for my time ?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 12, 2020

No.

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Q: My dog ran away months ago and is now found by pound do I legally have to claim since they called me to inform?
Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 7, 2020

If you do not want your dog then tell them you want to surrender any rights you may have.

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Q: Dog i adopted was found to be pregnant when they went to spay her

I asked this question in another post but i want to make sure i am doing this correctly. They are refusing to take my adoption fee because i am fostering the pups i did not ask to have my fee waived i was paying it the day they took her to spay her. They sedated her and cut her open without any... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 6, 2020

Possession is 9/10 of the law. Do not let them in your home again. Mail them a check for the adopt fee for mom and then stop talking to them altogether.

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Q: I aptd dog went to spay she prego they say the own puppies? I want them. Who owns puppies

I adopted a dog from Henderson co humane society in Kentucky they put her under two weeks later to spay her and find out she is pregnant. They told me the puppies are theirs? How is that when i had adopted her before they knew? I dont want them taking the puppies and having financial gain over them... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 6, 2020

If you adopted the dog and she was pregnant and they didn’t catch it, the puppies are yours. They don’t have any right to the puppies nor do they have any right to come in your house. Don’t let them come in again.

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Q: Does Kentucky have laws against leaving a dog on a leash outside in cold weather and rain with no shelter?

This is a dalmation owned by my neighbors in our apartment complex. The dog is on a leash outback yet the dog is on our porch fully visible from our sliding glass door. You can see it shivering and it hear it crying, the neighbors are home but wont bring the dog inside. All there is back there is... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 5, 2020

Yes. If outside, the dog must have food, water and shelter available at all times. If that’s not the case, contact your local animal services agency in your county and report it.

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Q: Is it true if a dog weighs over 25lbs they have to be on a leash chained up in the state of KY
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 4, 2020

There is no weigh or size requirement. All Dogs must be on leashes if on public property and under the owners control if on private property.

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Q: Can a vets office give out my personal information about my pet without my permission

With my permission while I was out of town, my daughter had to have my dog euthanized. Before the process was started, a employee of the vet clinic started contacting outside sources, and telling them my daughter was there and what she was doing. A sworn officer was there at the time to assist,... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 1, 2020

No. No actionable conduct.

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Q: Can I be held liable if a dog bit my delivery driver even if it's not mine?

I live with my mom and today I had an UberEats delivery guy came to my house for delivery and he was encountered by a dog that kept barking at him. Needless to say, he got really scared and assumed it was my pet.

I told him that it wasn't mine and it actually belongs to my low-life drug... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 31, 2019

No. You can’t be liable for any of it based on the description you gave.

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Q: I was cited today from the police department for for animal nuisance and animal as prizes what does this mean?

2 of my german shepherds who live Inside the house and are put outside in a large fenced in area vot out of outside area somehow and were running the neighbor hood. My neighbor called the police instead of coming and letting me know. When police came up to notify us they were out and we were able... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 22, 2019

It is probably a charging error. It’ll likely just be the nuisance charge when it’s said and done.

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Q: Does my dog need water and food 24/7

Kentucky

Nolia G Batey
Nolia G Batey answered on Dec 18, 2019

I don't think I understand your question. Can you elaborate a little?

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Q: Am wanting to know if I need papers on a dog that was given to me that is mixed breed here in Kentucky?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 10, 2019

You’ll need the rabies certificate and shots record from his last vet to be able to keep him up to do.

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Q: I am fostering 3 dogs for a lady who lost her housing. It was for 1 month it has been 2. She hasn't paid any vetting.

She said she would get the dogs in a couple of weeks which would be Dec.1. She has not responded to me. When is it considered abandonedment? What are my options to find homes for the dogs?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 2, 2019

Write her a letter. Give her 10 days to claim them. After that, ou can take them to the shelter or you may vet them and rehome them.

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Q: Is pet flipping illegal in Kentucky?do you need a license or certification to take in and adopt out animals?

I have a friend who is taking in unwanted animals and adopting them out. Just wanted to know if it’s legal.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 28, 2019

Yes. It is illegal. You must be licensed and meet the appropriate qualifications to operate a shelter or rescue.

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