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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Kentucky on
Q: Someone hit my dog with their car in a 15mph zone and did not stop or notify me of the incident.

The vet bill is $355 and will be more charges in the coming 8 weeks, a neighbor said he saw who did it and pointed them out to me. It is clear they were definitely speeding well over the limit based on the injuries. What can I do?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 28, 2019

File suit against them in District Court in our county.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: I bought a bottle of Vet’s+Best Waterless for cats and it didn’t do that but it actually killed two of my cats can I sue

I used this product on my cats and it didn’t work it just made the fleas more active and malt plied. Now my 15yr old cat and 1 yr old cat has past away on 11/25/2019. Because this product says it will kill the fleas and all it done was attacked more to them. Now I have 2 other cats that are in... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 25, 2019

You need to have them autopsied do the vet can testify about the causation of the deaths. If he links their death to the product, then you could have a claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: A dog with a shock collar was found in our Louisville neighborhood about six weeks ago. Original finder searched LMAS

and KHS but no lost report was posted for dog. Nextdoor and Facebook posts got no response either. I have had the dog in my possession for several days and posted her as found on the LMAS website. How long before I can claim legal ownership and is it legal for me to have her spayed? Btw, she is not... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 23, 2019

It’s been more than enough time if someone was going to claim her. Take the listings down, take her to your vet and have her spayed, chipped and vetted. She is now your dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can you microchip your own dog?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 22, 2019

You should have your vet microchip your dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Is it against the law to have outside dogs with no doghouse if other types of shelter are provided?

I have tried several times to get my two large outside dogs to sleep in dog houses, but they prefer sleeping under the house and back porch. We have put up walls and filled their beds with cedar for the winter, as well. My neighbor called animal control on my dogs for barking and the woman from... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 20, 2019

Much cheaper fight to buy two doghouses and let them sit than trying to fight with animal services over seizure and return.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: What can i do about a stray jumping our fence and getting to our female pup.

we have a fence around our back property that keeps our 3 dogs in. 1 fixed male and 2 not fixed females. they cant get out of the fence. a male (not fixed) stray has made his way to our yard and jumped the fence we cant tell if he has gotten to our 8 pound female who is in heat for the first time.... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 18, 2019

Take your dog to the vet and if she is pregnant, terminate the pregnancy. As soon as she’s out of heat, have her spayed. Depending on the leash laws where you are, you may be qble to require the owners to pay your vet bills.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can you leave dogs all day in a house noone lives at and just take them out 3 times a day for just 5 mins
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 18, 2019

If they are being fed, watered, have heat/AC and are checked on 3x a day, they are neither explored nor abused.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Recently separated from a boyfriend, refuses too give me the dog we share. What makes the Dog mine?

The dogs are in my name at the vet.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 16, 2019

You’ll need to sue him in small claims court.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: I live in Kentucky and I am not clear about the laws here. A friend of mine got a dog for free

He leaves her with me and will call occasionally if the kids want to play with the dog. This has gotten confusing to her. Recently I was called one hour after she got over there to come get the dog because they wanted to play with their friends and didn’t want to deal with potty breaks. and the... Read more »

Christopher Roach
Christopher Roach answered on Nov 15, 2019

You may or you may not have any rights. You providing care for her seems to indicate ownership. On the other hand, you believe that the dog belongs to your friend and you will bring the dog over to their house at their request. Payment of those bills could indicate you own the dog, but could also... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My cat has been missing since August. Neighbor posted MY cat but refused to give it back when I spoke with her.

Her son posted it on social media. It was lost close to her house. She says she posted it as missing on 1 site for 5 days and her kids are attached so she doesn't have to return it. Can I get it back reasonably easily?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 11, 2019

Yes. If you have proof of ownership, simply call the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My 9 year old daughter received a settlement for a dog bite that has to be put into a restricted access account p

Pursuant KRS 387.125. Is there anyway to borrow from it and pay back?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 7, 2019

Not without approval of the court first.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My neighbors pit bulls attacked my dog in their yard, are they responsible?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 5, 2019

Probably not, because your dog is required to be on a leash.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Neighbor has two pit bulls that are confined outside in a kennel 24/7. ..appr 8 x 9. Help!

They covered the kennel with a tarp so no sun exposure in this cold! And they get no exercise! Is there any law/laws that can help?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 1, 2019

Contact Animal Control and ask them to investigate.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: There’s a dog who’s outside for the past two days In the rain and it’s cold. What should I do ?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 31, 2019

Bring it in, feed and water it, and notify Animal Services to pick it up.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My mom was walking her dog on a leash when the neighbors dog attacked him what do we do

My mother was walking her dog outside of her apartment on his leash when her neighbors dogs ran up and attacked him they were not on the leash what does she do

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 20, 2019

File a police report and take your dog to the vet. The neighbors will be liable for any injuries to your dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My 2 dogs trapped an Orange cat on top of my car which caused damage the neighbor denies it was her orange cat help

My car was damaged as a result of a cat comming into my yard and my dogs trying to get it. The cat is orange and our neighbor owns an orange cat, the only one we are aware of in our neighborhood. We have contacted the neighbor but they seem unwilling to take responsibility. Do we have any legal... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 16, 2019

Yes. You can file suit against her for the damages.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: I if I have a dog that is mine that I have papers for under my name is it legal for someone to not give me my dog

Me and my mom lost or home so I had my aunt keep him until we got another home and she agreed that she kept him until them but now that I have a home she will not give him back

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 16, 2019

If he’s registered in your name, he’s your dog. Go get him.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: 2 strays found

My friend found 2 strays and checked for a chip, neither were chipped or had collars. She then registered them with lmas, and I was able to foster them for a few days. Another lady offered to continue to foster one while I kept the other. Now an advocates group is saying we have to turn them into a... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 30, 2019

See my previous answer to this question. You do not have to surrender them to any shelter.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: I found a puppy from Virginia on puppy find.com. I gave them 100 deposit and paid for the travel expenses (see below)

For the breeder to have the pup delivered to Ky. We met in Walton Ky, they gave me the pup and i paid the remaining balance in cash. I now found out the pup has a liver shunt. They want the pup back and will give me a replacement pup..I want to keep the pup and give it the necessary surgery she... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 30, 2019

All depends on what the breeding contract says. It should specify the answers to the questions you have posed.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: If I’ve found 2 stray dogs and have reported it to lmas and attempted to find the owners do I have to give the dogs

Over to a shelter to be adopted out or potentially euthanized or am I able to continue fostering them until an owner comes forward. Also at what point does the owner no longer have rights?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 30, 2019

You can foster them indefinitely. If they are not microchipped, they probably will not be claimed. If they haven been claimed within 60-90 days, I think they’re your dogs.

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