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Q: If I give a dog away am I responsible if she bites/hurts someone? Is this true?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 28, 2022

Depends on whether the dog has ever bitten anyone before. You should also warn the new owner if he has bitten before. If you disclose snd they still take the dog, you should be fine. Failing to disclose is where the trouble will come.

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Q: If I give a dog away am I responsible if she bites someone? She is 6 months old and is a bit aggressive.

I was told that I would/could be held responsible, is this true. I have worked with a trainer for a month now and she is not getting any better. The trainer said the best thing to do would be to put her down. I want to avoid that at all cost.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 25, 2022

Switch trainers.

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Q: How long until a found dog can be adopted by the new owner? I found a dog 9 days ago & no one has claimed him.

I reported the dog as found with the shelter & posted all over social media. Took to vet & he doesn’t have tags or microchip. I want to go ahead & get him neutered & all of his shots. How long does the previous owner have to come forward? My daughter has fallen in love with the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 16, 2022

If no one has claimed him within five (5) days and theres no other info is of ownership, you can consider him your dog. The sooner you get him chipped and vetted, the sooner you’ll be able to say he is your dog.

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Q: Can a Kentucky veterinarian refuse to give your dog back if you can't pay an emergency bill upfront?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 16, 2022

Yes. They have a lien for services rendered.

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Q: What can I do if someone was watching my dog for me and now they are saying they are putting my dog down
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 13, 2022

Go get your dog from them immediately.

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Q: I live in an apartment complex. What constitutes a leash for a dog? Does a chain hooked in the ground count?

My fiancee is about to have neck surgery. We have a 100lb dog. One wrong move from this dog and my fiancee could wind up paralyzed from the neck down. My apartment landlord is demanding the dog be on a leash. We have a lady below us terrified of our dog. We had an agreement that she would let us... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 29, 2022

No. A dog on a chain attached to the ground constitutes the crime of animal cruelty, not a leash. A leash is a rope or strap attached to the dogs harness or collar which enables a pet owner to control the dog while moving freely from place to place.

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Q: Would i be criminally or civily liable for shooting my brothers dog that was attacking our other dog?

I tried everything 2 get them apart. 1 had the other neck & was yelping and choking and acting like it couldn't breathe. They've fought before, but never this bad. I tried to pry his mouth off with a cane, i tried getting a rope over the body and pulling, i tried getting a board... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 23, 2022

Most likely not, no.

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Q: What is Kentucky State law about dogs being restrained on a 4 -5 feet chain to a tree for 6+ months.

They don’t have water daily or food daily since no one lives at that house.

Called local animal control and not getting anywhere. They said KY state law states it owners personal property.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 5, 2022

Those are all violations of the Animal Cruelty statutes and should be prosecuted accordingly.

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Q: Can you sue a dog daycare if your dog gets out and they can’t find her?

She was Getting groomed and the AC guy left the door open and she got out

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jun 24, 2022

Yes. Sue the dog day care snd the AC guy and his company also.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Kentucky on
Q: If someone says I hit there dog on the road. And didn't stop. Can I be charged with a crime in kentucky
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on May 26, 2022

Most likely not, no, unless they can somehow probe you did it on purpose.

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Q: Can you sue a pest control company for killing your dog? I’m located in barren county Kentucky.

I hired a pest control company to do pest control in my house. One week later my dog died. I took him to the vet before dying. He said because of rat poison. I asked the guy from pest control and he said he put bait rat poison. He said that it was pet friendly. It wasn’t. Can I sue him? How do I... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on May 3, 2022

Yes, but you’ll most certainly need a lawyer to handle it for you. You’ll also need to make sure your vet will testify for you as to the rat poison.

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Q: I know who has my dog, how much they want in return & proof of ownership. Local authorities say it is a civil matter.

Carter County Ky

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 27, 2022

Glad you got your dog back. Skip the civil proceedings.

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Q: Unpaid and not returning my dog

My girlfriend and I broke up for couple weeks! She sold my dog to one of her relative. He hasn't made any attempts to make any payments! I call and text him asking for my dog back! He say will return the dog and asking for money to return the dog. It has couple months now still haven't... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 10, 2022

File suit against him and your girlfriend.

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Q: What can I do legally if a trainer doesn’t communicate while my dog is gone.

Our dog has been in a 4 week training program now for 3 weeks, however the past 2 weeks we have heard nothing from the trainer. We tried to give him some time In case he was busy but we’ve left multiple messages and calls with no reply whatsoever. We tried to contact the company he works for but... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 6, 2022

Go to the facility and see the trainer in person. If the faculty is closed on gone, hen move on to the police and file a complaint for theft.

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Q: On Wednesday March 23, while visiting my mother I encountered a dog.

I made the mistake of taking the dog. I was given false information. I was under the impression once she sobered up I would return the dog. I found the dog running loose on Wednesday, March 23. Prior to leaving with the fog I did knock on her door and explained her dog wouldn’t get out of my car.... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Mar 27, 2022

Take the dog to animal services tomorrow and turn her in. You are not going to jail nor have you done anything wrong.

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Q: Also does he have to wear a leash in our yard he's again a service dog.
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Mar 25, 2022

Your dog does not have to wear a leash when he is confined to your property.

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Q: Does my service dog have to wear a leash walking around the trailer park where I live
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Mar 25, 2022

Yes. Your dog should be on a leash in the trailer park.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Landlord - Tenant for Kentucky on
Q: My landlord is telling me that I’m responsible for another tenant’s animal because I have a dog too. Is that legal?

My landlord messaged me stating that I am responsible for the other tenants dog because I’m the only other tenant that has a dog, that I am responsible to reach out to this tenant and set up a time for us to clean up the entire yard. However, I always clean up after my emotional support dog and I... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Mar 16, 2022

You are only responsible for your own dog. Period.

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Q: Can I go to jail for not walking my girlfriends dog, my girl and her daughters all wanted a dog but soon lost interest

They do nothing with her. I have to feed and water even though I told them I didn't want a dog. I have been making sure it eats and cleaning it's kennel every week or two because I feel bad for it. My neighbors all think it's Mt dog because I was the only one walking it. But I... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Mar 10, 2022

No, but if you don’t want to take care of it, surrender it to a shelter where the dog can get a good home.

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Q: If someone calls animal control on me for having too many cats (I have five but two live outside)

Do I have to let them in my house? Will they come with a warrant or will they need some proof of hoarding to get a warrant? My cats are well taken care of, my house is clean. I don't have any signs of cat hoarding but my ex roommate has a grudge against me and has brought up reporting me

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Mar 3, 2022

You don’t have to let them in without a warrant and I would not talk to them at all nor would I let them in without a warrant.

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