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Q: My boyfriend just kicked his rotweiller, for no good reason. Can I legally take her out of his home & to my apartment?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 15, 2021

No, but you can report him to the authorities for animal cruelty.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Kentucky on
Q: Ex gave me a week notice that I didn’t receive to pick up my pets, now he won’t give them back. Are they still mine?

Ex was fostering my 4 cats because I got pregnant. We broke things off during this pregnancy but we agreed to them still being with him until I delivered (risk of toxoplasmosis and I’m very high risk so I was put on bedrest and given a wheel chair). He claims to have given me 1 weeks notice via... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 11, 2021

Yes. Get your papers and call the cops. Next, file a motion in your divorce case for the retried of the animals.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Lemon Law for Kentucky on
Q: Breeder wants to sue me or take kitten back to be put to sleep

I bout a sick kitten from a breeder 3 months ago. Have spent over $1000 in vet costs. Tried to work it out with breeder but she only wanted me to swap my sick cat for another sick cat. Became hostile and blocked me. I disputed what I paid for the cat with my financial institution and won now... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 31, 2021

Don’t give her a dime back snd if she sues you, you can counterclaim and win. She has committed a continuing breach snd her liability continues to increase.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Do I have to legally give my friend back his dog while fostering if no legal papers were wrote up ?

I live in Kentucky and my friend wasn’t nice to his puppy & took his anger out on her . For example : I’ve seen him scream at her , shake her , and attempt to choke her ( I stopped him ) .He asked me to foster her until he gets stable which I agreed to . He’s still not Stable , and he... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 16, 2021

Yes. The dog belongs to him. You just said so in your question. If he is mistreating the dog, report him to animal services. If they remove the dog, them you can possibly adopt him.

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Q: My dog chases other dogs and growls. Can somebody walking their dog down the road legally shoot my dog for this?

I live in Kentucky.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 29, 2021

Not unless your dog leaves your property. There are leash laws and if your dog acts that way while running unrestrained off your property, the statute permits them to shoot your dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Do I have legal right over a neglected Snake as a Minor?

My Uncle, Aunt, and Cousin arrived with a Cornsnake when they came to live with us. He had a glass bowl, maybe a twig or two, and that was it. His tank is pretty small for his size, I think, and he didn't even come with a heatlamp. I've been taking care of him for a while and none of them... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 14, 2021

You do not but your mother does. She can take the snake with you to North Dakota.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: We have 4 dogs roaming our property constantly can I legally set a live animal trap and take one to the pound?

These are possible nearby neighbors dogs and I’ve contacted animal control numerous times they won’t do anything. One dog acts aggressive towards us on our property when we come in contact with it. Could I get in any legal trouble if I were to set a live trap and catch one and take it to the pound?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 10, 2021

You can trap them (only on your property) and deliver them to animal services, yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Neighbor barking dogs all seven are effect my family’s sleep and lively hood. What can I do about this.

Can not talk to these people. Don’t know what to do

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 28, 2020

See prior answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: What can I do about neighbors not controlling their barking dogs once it starts to effect my families lively hood
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 28, 2020

File a complaint with Metro Animal services.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Follow up to my question: My dog was stolen from Ohio, but is being held in Kentucky.

I have contacted the Montgomery County, KY sheriff's office and they refuse to take the dog back. The people who took him are claiming he is a gift, which is false. I have all the paperwork proving ownership, but they still will not move.

What actions can I take in this situation?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 18, 2020

Hire a lawyer snd sue them in Montgomery County.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My dog was stolen from Ohio, but is being held in Kentucky.

The girl who stole my dog is currently in custody, but her mother refuses to return to him me. He is microchipped and I have vet and purchase records that are only in my name. What can I do to get him returned?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 10, 2020

Bring your records, come down here, go to the sheriff of the county and let him retrieve him for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: I bought one dog my ex bought one dog she left and left me with all the expenses of two big dogs, can I get $ for suppor

The dogs are chipped in her name but she refuses to help me financially with them

What can I do, they are killing me financially with all the food, grooming, vet bills, I even pay someone to go let them outside because of my long work hours

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 6, 2020

Surrender them to a dog rescue.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for Kentucky on
Q: A neighbor brought her unleashed, uncollared, and on a known dangerous dog list, over into my yard. The landlord knew.

I told the landlord of this mobile home park that the pitbull had moved in next door. She said she'd check into it and get back to me. One month later, the dog was in my yard and attacked my tiny dog, attacked me, and killed my dog which was right at my feet. Not an apology or even paying me... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 25, 2020

Sue the dog owner and the landlord both.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: The land owner next door took my cat and dropped him off someplace else. What can i do to him.

Cat is microchipped and up to date on shots. He intentionally took the cat to drop him off because there are feral cats 3 doors down. I have him on video carrying an animal crate.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 12, 2020

Take a theft complaint against your neighbor.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My neighbor's small dog came into my yard with my contained dog, and my dog bit the small dog. Can they press charges?

My dog was on his lead, staked into the ground, in our yard when the neighbor dog came into our yard and was within range of my dog's lead. My dog chased the small dog and bit her on the rump. The small dog ran away, and my dog (being attached to his lead) did not chase her past the confines... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 9, 2020

No. He has no recourse against you and you have no liability.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Neighbor's son threatens to shoot my livestock guardian dog for running onto their property when going after a coyote.

In KY, on land zoned agricultural. The neighbor does not have any livestock. The son's name is not on the title of the land, but he lives there full time as of recently. We have a shared fence with no private agreement so the default sharing of maintining half as stated in the law applies -... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 29, 2020

If he shoots the dog on property not belonging to him, he could be liable for damages and possible criminal prosecution.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Kentucky on
Q: Can my landlord evict me over the breed of my animal if it is an emotional support animal?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 3, 2020

Not if you prove that the basis of eviction is false.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: My ex bf left 5 dogs at my house, I have asked him to pick them up several times. What are my options to remove them?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 31, 2020

Keep them as your own or turn them over to the animal shelter.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: We broke up, I took the dog. All the vet stuff is in my name, and I've paid for it. Is it my dog?

He hasn't been chipped. But he may have been registered by the breeder.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 26, 2020

Have the dog chipped and registered to you and then it’s your dog.

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