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Q: My friend left her dog with me for about a week now can I possibly get her for abandonment

My friend got kicked out of her house and had to go live in a motel roomshe took her other big dog with her which is a great Pyrenees and she took her puppy and 2cats and kittens to the motel room with her but asked me if I could keep her bull massive because it doesn't get along with the great... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 3, 2019

Not unless she fails to claim him within a reasonable time.

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Q: Can I get my dog back?

My dog was in the back yard. A nice and clean back yard. He had food and water and prefers to be out side. So we went to take care of family business and got a call from a cop saying they have our dog. Like what!? And that we are facing animal neglect! He had 2 open wounds on his ear from... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 30, 2019

Did the dog have food, water and shelter in your back yard. If so, what kind?

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Q: Are dog owners required to clean up their dog's waste, off their property in Richmond, Ky (city limits)?

I'm required to maintain the grass on both sides of the sidewalk. I live close to a street and a neighbor walks his dog to my yard, looks at me, and leaves the waste. I have dogs, which I clean up after (especially in someone else's yard). I take care of my property and animals. Not only is this a... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 29, 2019

Yes. Everyone is required to police their own waste.

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Q: If you own a dog - papers and microchip to prove it- but someone housed it for over a year- to whom does it belong?

My college son bought German Sheppard for$550. He went looking for a place that allowed dogs to rent along with 3 other boys one who is the son of lets say the Smith family . They found an apartment but it didn't allow pets. The smith boy insisted they get the place and his family said they would... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 28, 2019

Sue them for the return of the dog.

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Q: My dog died at the kennel (vets office) while we were on vacation. Can I pursue legal action for neglect?

The dog had been in their care for 5 days. The vet believes he died from bloat.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 28, 2019

Depends completely upon the circumstances surrounding the dogs death.

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Q: Our neighbors dog continues to get pregnant and have litter after litter of puppies. She is hungry all the time and is

Constantly at our home. We continue to feed her but due to her being pregnant she won’t let my dogs eat. Are we allowed to get her fixed without our neighbors permission? She has no collar or identification.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 25, 2019

If you can capture the dog on your property running loose with no tags and ID, you can have her spayed and turned over to animal services.

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Q: A neighbor keeps agitating my small dog as he walks by and even came into my yard to do so despite me asking him not to.

Do I have any recourse ? The dog is on cable and can’t reach street and is completely harmless but does bark when people come by.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 24, 2019

If he persists in coming I to your yard, take a criminal complaint for trespass.

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Q: My neighbors pit bull viciously attacked my little chiwawa resulting in a $984 vet bill. Is she liable to help pay

It also attacked one of my other little dogs a few days prior and she came over and apologized to me and said she has to watch her little dog because it tries to get it

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 15, 2019

She is liable for it all unless your dog was running loose.

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Q: Is AKC "co-ownership" any problem in establishing clear ownership of a dog?

We have purchased a companion dog from a show breeder in Kentucky (where we live). There was no written sales agreement. The breeder took care of microchipping and AKC registration. 3 days after we brought the dog home, the breeder informed us they have listed themselves as a second contact on the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 10, 2019

Probably no liability for you. Rescues and some breeders list themselves as a second contact when registering a microchip or a dog so there are more avenues of contact if the dog is lost. You have the dog....and possession is 9/10 of the law.

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Q: can you get charged if you shoot dog in your own garage after it tries to bite you?

dog owner had been told by me and the County ACO to keep his dog up.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 8, 2019

Probably not. Leash law violation.

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Q: can you get in trouble for your dog barking at stranger when they walk down the road?

The dogs never leave our yard because they are trained not to. Plus they are never on leases cause there is no need for it. But the neighbor keep calling the pound on us. No she had threatened to take us to court over it.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 3, 2019

Yes. If the dog ls barking and is a nuisance to your neighbors.

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Q: My Ky. neighbor's vicious pit bull killed my small dog in my yard. Is neighbor or landlord responsible for loss?

I've lived in this mobile home park 19 years. He just now moved in and this girlfriend owns the dog, but she was living with him. She told me a month before that, that it was a known vicious animal and killed 2 dogs already. I alerted the mobile home court owner of this one month before she let it... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 31, 2019

Neighbor is liable for all of it. Landlord depends on what your lease says.

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Q: Our dog snuck out, when the door was open and seriously hurt our neighbors small dog, will we lose our dog

She also knocked down the owner of the dog while trying to save it, ours is a bull mastiff, pit bull, blue tick hound mix

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 10, 2019

You May lose your dog. You are obligated to control your dog at all times and you are responsible for all damage your dog does. If the injured dog survives, you might slide by without your dog being euthanized.

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Q: My nabor has 9 loose big dogs that run all over are aggressive Dog cetcher won’t take thim said there not strays

There pit bulls and thay have killed 2 of my cats 1 tryed to attack my child and I half to keep my son and his dog in the house because thay cant go out side dog cetcher said that ant strays there some ones dogs idk what to do

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 13, 2019

There are ordinances in every county regarding control of animals. Go to your local county attorney and take a criminal complaint against the neighbor for his dogs

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Q: Foster gave me a Dog w/o having me do paperwork. Now claims the dog is LMAS Property. Part 2

Part 2: LMAS tried to come take my dog today they presented No paper work. They are coming back with a Warrant I took her to her her vaccines today and now I have paper work to prove my ownership and vaccines. Can they still take my dog? Please call me 502-345-4394 I may need a Lawyer incase they... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 6, 2019

Do you have somewhere safe you can keep the dog that is not at your house? If so, you should move him there for safekeeping and so no one can take him from you until the ownership is established. I sincerely doubt that they will get a warrant, but if they do, the dog won’t be there. Don’t... Read more »

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Q: Can my dog go outside to potty Frankfort Kentucky

I live in a mobile home park and I own mine

So the owner says I can have pets

The Property Agreement Says that dogs must stay Inside and I took it that it meant they cant be left outside unattended which I think is reasonable

But I have been told to take the dogs Inside... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 2, 2019

They can go outside to potty but probably should remain inside except for that. The lease does not preclude that.

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Q: Can the new Landlord force us to have our pet fixed despite it not beingthe original lease in Kentucky?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 1, 2019

No. Not until the lease expires. After it expires, he will probably only offer a new lease with that term, however.

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