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Q: If someone goes to jail and rehomes their dog do you have to give it back

The dog has been in the person's care for 4 years

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 8, 2020

No. If they rehomed the dog, the dog belongs to the caretaker.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Kentucky on
Q: What is the law with a person that has emotional support animal. The person says they was kicked out 3 times but on the

On the 3 time they left and left dog with me. The person says to keep dog until she gets a place. 7 months later I get a text saying give animal back. I assume it would 2 to 3 months for her to find a place. Was staying hotels and above a bar

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 6, 2020

They have abandoned the dog and the dog belongs to you unless you agreed to keep her until she found a place.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Kentucky on
Q: I need help, is there a statute of limitation on my baby Ivy who died consuming deadly dog food after a year.
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 31, 2020

Yes. It is either one or two years, depending on the exacts facts of how the dog died.

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Q: My soon to be ex husband is trying to sue me for custody of my dog. Can he do that? I've had him for almost 9 months now

My ex has been in jail for the last 8 months of the 9. He has had an addiction problem for as long as I can remember and I honestly don't trust him to take care of my dog.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 30, 2020

Let your lawyer handle it but I’d husband hasn’t already filed something for the dog, just sit on it. If he has filed something, your divorce lawyer can respond.

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Q: Does animal control have to come and pick up a stray dog in my if the animal shelter is full

Have had to put my dogs to keep them from getting ate because the stray is a female and in heat

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 27, 2020

They should, yes.

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Q: My neighbors dog is roaming in everyone’s yard and poops in their (including mine) yards. Is this legal?

The dog is super dirty and is pooping in everyone else’s yard. We asked the owner and they said it was theirs with another rude comment. Is it legal for their dog to go around the neighborhood for many days at a time? The owner also isn’t picking up any of its droppings.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 20, 2020

Call Animal Control and have the Dog picked up.

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Q: Can animal control seize dogs with plenty of food, water, shelter, and veterinary care without any prior warning?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 18, 2020

Assuming no violations are present, no.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Kentucky on
Q: My apt complex requires DNA testing of dogs for tracking poop clean-up. Is there a statute of limitations on fines?

My dog was not DNA tested when I signed lease or moved in Oct 2018 ... they completed DNA testing in Feb 2020. Now they are trying to fine me for samples collected in Dec 2018, March 2019, and Feb 2020. Can they do this? I have always picked up my dogs bathroom, but sometimes weather or even... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 15, 2020

The answer to your question depends on the terms of your lease. If your lease provides for it, then yes, he can.

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Q: Why is nothing being done about my neglectful neighbors? I work 7 day a week, I NEED sleep & peace at my own home!

We've called everyone from the county attorney, judges, county police, state police, CPS, EPA (they poop in a bucket & dump it behind their house), everyone possible on my neighbors. They live in a house with no water, plumbing, septic, electricity, anything & have 3 kids, 4 dogs & 3-4 cats and my... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 11, 2020

Go to the courthouse and file your own criminal complaint for nuisance and harassment. That will get you into court.

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Q: Is it legal for me to let my dog poop in someone's yard, pick if I pick it up?

My dog is picky about where she poops and has never pooped in my yard so I have to walk her around the neighborhood and lately she has pick this one house to go at so theirs not much I can do. Mind you I ALWAYS pick it up

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 8, 2020

As long as you pick it up, there should not be a problem.

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Q: I am 24 and still live with my parents I want a dog they say no what can i do?

There no no arranged living rules or signed leases or contracts.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 8, 2020

You should get your own place and then you can have as many dogs as you want.

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Q: My dof is chipped and registerEd to me can my ex take her

She has been in my care solely since September 2019 and he came and took her. Can he do that? She is chipped to me, registerEd to me, vet bills in my name. However he cane and took her without permission. Police said since he technically paid for her he can take her.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 8, 2020

That’s probably a violation of your property settlement agreement. Talk to a lawyer bc I’m guessing the dog is legally yours. PS. Never take legal advice on civil matters.

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Q: I adopted a stray dog six weeks ago. I have fully vetted and tagged the dog. Can the previous owner get her back?

I got the dog from a person that found her roaming.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 6, 2020

Not likely, no.

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Q: Is there any way to get my dog back from my ex? (Legally)

Me and my ex had purchased a puppy together. She made me sign a paper she hand wrote up stating if anything happened between us, she would have full custody. I didn’t think anything would happen. I was the sole caretaker of our dog in the relationship and since the break up I can tell he’s... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 2, 2020

It sounds like there was no consideration (benefit) given to you in exchange for signing the paper giving her custody so unless that was actually included in the a Property Settlement Agreement, you should be able to go back to the divorce court and get a ruling.

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Q: Legally keeping a dog

My cousin starting dog sitting for a dog and the dog has lived with her for a year. She finally register and licensed in KY she has paid over 3000 for food, grooming and vet Bill's. The dog became very sick and she took care of it. The dog is having surgery on Wed and the orignal owners has only... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 2, 2020

If the neighbor pays all the costs, expenses and money associated with the care of the dog, then she can get the dog back. If the neighbor doesn’t pay all costs and expenses, you can keep the dog.

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Q: I've been taking care of a old woman's dogs for over a year. Her niece took her from me today. Can she do that??

And took care of her also. She died Dec 29th and wanted me to have her dogs since I've grow attached over the yrs. I stayed in her house until today and cared for these dogs. Her niece decided today she is taking the Yorkie but not the other one. Can they do that or isn't it consider abandoned... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 25, 2020

If she had a will, it should specify who gets the dogs upon her demise.

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Q: Is a dog allowed to be outside without its owner legally

I live in an apartment and my dog sits on my porch which is fenced in. My landlord said she is not legally allowed to do that without me with her

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 25, 2020

Unless your rental contract precludes it, your dog in your fenced in yard is perfectly permissible as long as the dog has access to food, water and shelter.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Kentucky on
Q: I have a service dog for mobility assistance... Am I legally required to clean up after my dog if I struggle poop scoop?

Are you required to clean up after your dog if you're disabled? I have a service dog (task trained not some stupid fake ESA with a vest) and while he can carry things for me... he can't scoop his own poop and I can't always scoop myself. Can I get in trouble for leaving it?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 23, 2020

Yes. You are still required to clean up after your fog....service or otherwise.

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