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Q: If someone took my dog to foster until July 1st but had them chipped but now changed their mind. Can they keep him?

She offered to foster him until July 1st so I could get on my feet and now changed her mind and don’t want to give him back. She had him chipped for protection of losing him and agreed to transfer it over to me by that date. Now, she’s attached and says she can’t give him back to me. I have... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 25, 2023

No. She cannot keep the dog. Hire a lawyer and sue her for theft, conversion and fraud.

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Q: My dog that I keep in my garage saw my neighbors dog and chased it down and attacked and killed their dog. What do I do?

my dog is usually kept inside and always on a chain. He seen the neighbors dog in our yard and took off after it.

My husband ran and tried to split them up. He done everything he could.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 19, 2023

Give it a few days and then contact the neighbor and see if what you can do to resolve the situation. Unfortunately, you are liable for the death of your neighbors dog.

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Q: Can my landlord evict me for having a “pet” if I have a ESA.

I provided them with the documents they needed and their response was “You knew you was not allowed any pets.” I’ve completed a 12 month lease but they wanted to go month to month when it was up so now I’m month to month and they’re trying to evict me.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 16, 2023

No. You may have a claim against the landlord.

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Q: What should I do my dog has been missing for almost a month I found a page of it rescue shelter that has her picture

But they say that it's not my dog when the lady sent me the paperwork to show me that the dog was a court dog she sent me a dog picture of a terrier so I let her know that the Chihuahua is who I'm talking about and then she said she doesn't have it but I clearly see the photo what... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 16, 2023

First, go to the shelter and make absolutely sure it is your dog. If so, take all the paperwork of proof of ownership to the shelter and show them. Pay any fees associated with her board while she’s been gone. If they won’t give you the dog, hire a lawyer and file suit.

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Q: I need a lawyer to get my dog back
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Contact you local bar association or legal aid society for a list of lawyers who can help you.

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Q: Can I refuse a civilian animal control offer to come in my farm, if she is biased and friends with person who complains?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 2, 2023

Yes, unless the ACO has a search warrant.

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Q: My old roommate sold off all belongings and left cats abandoned before giving them away.

In 2020 during the height of covid and the winter storm that year I was really evicted and had three cats at the time. I had a "friend" offer to house my cats and then a month later offered to let me move in with them as well. On Father's Day that year I was gone all day and when I... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 29, 2022

You can file a civil suit against the roommate and whomever else sold, damaged, destroyed or gave away your property.

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Q: I live out in the county, I have a female dog in a fence, has never been outside the fence to roam free! My neighbor has

A male dog that roams free all the time, I cannot keep him out of my fence and I have brought this to their attention they still let him run free! What can I do?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 8, 2022

Check the specific leash laws for your county to determine what the remedies are for your situation.

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Q: What can I do about my neighbors dog getting in my fenced in yard where my dog is? Not in city limits, in hopkins co, ky
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 8, 2022

You’ll need to check the specific leash laws and ordinances of Hopkins County to see what their remedies include for leash violations.

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Q: How long is a dog left with a pet sitter in Kentucky before they are considered abandoned?

He doesn't care for his dog like a dog owner should. He's left outside 24/7 in his own feces, fed 40 lb bag food, and when it's gone, he waits a few days and then dumps a new bag out. His dog escaped and asked neighbor to watch him for the weekend, and then 2 weeks later and has yet... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 29, 2022

Depends on numerous factors, such as length of sitter engagement, length past sitter engagement, viable explanation for delay, etc.

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Q: My neighbor refuses to keep their aggressive dogs in their yard, what can I do? what is the leash laws for carter co KY.

I have proof between messages with the owner and pictures of their dogs from phone pictures to my doorbell camera, as well as messages contacting the dog warden and local police. There is a criminal summons out for my neighbor and the cops said they cannot serve the warrant to her because of those... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 23, 2022

If they are dangerous or aggressive and they come on your property, the law permits you to shoot them. As for the carter County leash laws, you can find them at your library, animal control or possibly online.

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Q: Can you sue someone for attempting to kill a valuable thoroughbred horse, if the attempt was thwarted & the horse was OK
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Leland Hulbert
answered on Nov 7, 2022

There is a criminal charge for cruelty to animals and you could talk to local law-enforcement about potential charges. I’ve never heard of that being charged when the attempt was unsuccessful but it is possible if you have a good proof. As far as a civil lawsuit you would have to consult a civil... Read more »

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Q: my dogs escaped their kennel and attacked another dog leading to the other dogs death, what are my consequences

my dogs tore a hole in their chainlink fence and went to the neighbors and attacked and killed their dog, in return the neighbor shot and killed my dogs what are my consequences

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 1, 2022

Probably not any consequences (other than any property damage costs) if your dog was killed.

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Q: I have a guy right across the alley from me he has multiple pitbulls in his back yard lmas won't help I have made report

The dogs bark all day and night can't even get the police to help lmas won't help I have made several requests for help what can I as a home owner do to get help we constantly have to listen to them barking and can't get any help

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Oct 26, 2022

You may have to file a civil suit against the neighbor in Circuit Court.

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Q: If she comes back for her cat which I love do I have to give her the cat ?

Me and my girlfriend separated and she moved out left her cat and has not provided me with money for the care of the cat for 6 months

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Oct 14, 2022

The cat belongs to you now.

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Q: My dog has trespassed on my neighbors property and has stole his cats food. Can he legally kill my dog because of this?

He says my dog has stolen his cats food for the past 2 weeks and is just now telling me. Threaten my dogs in a message saying if he catches them over there again they won’t be around much longer.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Oct 13, 2022

Yes. You are likely in violation of your local leash laws and ordinances regarding dog restraint.

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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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