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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.

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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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Q: So I can't get in trouble? Because he has the original vet papers and says he will keep the dog and go to the police.

Is she still my dog with my vet papers or is it his because he is the original owner from a year ago?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 25, 2020

No. Worst thing that happens is you go to court and the judge decides.

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Q: I paid all the vet bills and the vet stuff is in my name, can I take the dog if we split?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 25, 2020

Yes, but I’d also have the dog microchipped and registered under your name also.

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Q: What happens if I found a dog and got her vet papers and after a year the original owner shows up and Tries to sue me.

My mother in law found her roaming around, months later she gave it to me and I took her to the vet and got her all the papers and everything she needed. She escaped from home a few days ago and just happens to be found by her first owner, now, could he sue me for getting the dog new papers ? after... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 25, 2020

It’s your dog now.

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Q: My neighbors husky dogs came into my yard and killed my cat, what cat I legally do?

They apoligozed but that was it. The dogs still roam free and still come in my yard

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 22, 2020

File a criminal complaint against the owner.

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Q: Hello. I have an epo turned dvo on an ex boyfriend. He has started showing up and texting me that I’ve stole his dogs

I obtained the dogs legally, months after he was arrested, but before I moved out of the house we shared. Is this grounds for violating the epo? How do I report this? Is there a motion to the courts for this? Meaning will I have to go to court again to testify against him?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 22, 2020

Those are not grounds for violating the dvo. Go to your local county attorney and file a criminal complaint for violation if an epo/dvo, which is a class A misdemeanor. They will prosecute him for the violation.

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Q: We had a malnourished/abused looking dog come onto our property and didn’t leave are we legally allowed to keep him? KY
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 21, 2020

You should have the vet scan him for a microchip for the identity of his owner. If he is not chipped and you vet him, you can keep him.

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Q: We have a cairn terrier, Lil Mac, now 14 year & Bello, yorkie, 4, which I bought have been staying with our son and his

Wife. Once my first grandchild was born, the cairn terrier became her protector, and the Bello followed Lil Mac so both have spent the last 2 years. I learned only recently that they gave Bello, the yorkie, to my son's in-laws. They have a 7 year-old child and Bello is a teacup -fiesty but... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 21, 2020

If they were not a gift and they are registered in your name, absolutely.

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Q: Can my roomate leave with my dog if I have been paying for vet bills .

She left him for a year moved back in and now moving out again and threading to take dog can she legally do that??

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 19, 2020

Not unless you let her, no.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can someone film me in my backyard

My neighbor set up a birdhouse camera on his tree next to my properties fence line. The only view it gets is of my yard. I’m assuming it’s to film my dogs barking but I’m also think the flashing lights on it are provoking my dogs to bark more.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 17, 2020

They can film you. No different than a surveillance camera. If you think the lights are inviting the dogs, have a security expert observe them for you. If their opinion is the lights are inciting the dogs to bark, then you can take action.

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Q: Can I release free roaming cats that I have temporarily sheltered, without facing abandonment charges or other problems?

Two female cats that frequented my yard became pregnant at the same time. I brought them in to keep them safe until the kittens were born and somewhat developed. The kittens are now 10 weeks old, with no takers for adoption, and I want to know if I can return the cats outdoors without penalties.... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 15, 2020

No. Simply take them to the animal shelter and surrender them. Problem solved.

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Q: My neighbor tied his dog in the backyard on a 24 hour basis. Is that legal?

The dog has a shelter and is fed. I’m not sure about the water situation.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 7, 2020

No. Shouldn’t be tied for more than one hour at a time.

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Q: If i found what was said to be a stray dog that i took in for 2 years can owners take him back

His nails where so long he could bearly walk. He was dirty and had fleas all over him when he was found wondering a busy street.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 6, 2020

Probably not unless he’s microchipped.

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Q: If you find a dog are you suppose to contact the police/animal shelter before you can give it away
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 5, 2020

Yes. So it can be scanned for a microchip to find the true owner.

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Q: My daughter owned 3 dogs ad she passed away August of 2016. Can I legally get her dogs. Im her Mother.

She owned 3 dogs. One just died from heart issues bc he wouldnt buy her meds and the other one has cancer so he gave her to me bc he wasnt paying a vet to see her. Can I legally take her other dog? The vet records are in my daughters name?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 21, 2020

Not 4 years after the fact. This issue should’ve been dealt with in probate at the time of her death In 2016.

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Q: Is it possible for me to own a skunk, fox, bobcat etc
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 21, 2020

Not without proper licensing from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

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Q: have 2 dogs a got from a breeder. One was free he just wanted to get rid of her. There was no contract.

I have another male dog i bought. He says I never paid in full for him. There was no contract with him. Now he is saying he is going to take me to court and take both dogs. Can he do that.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 14, 2020

Yes, he can do that. I would recommend talking to a civil litigation or contracts attorney to go over your options and defenses.

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Q: neighbors dog got my dog pregnant, their dog was loose, my dog was on chain. what are my options?

my dog was in heat and the neighbors dog kept coming in our yard. we asked them to put their dog up because it was coming down and it was being aggressive to our dog. they did not do so, we put our dog in the house or remainder of heat but she must have gotten pregnant before. Now there are puppies... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 8, 2020

Pay the $300 to terminate. You can sue them in small claims if you are inclined.

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Q: Can I legally take a puppy that is being neglected. He is suffering from dehydration and possibly death. 1 pound chihuah

Without legally being charged with theft if I'm saving him.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 6, 2020

Take it to vet and verify neglect. After that you should be protected. If no vet or vet doesn’t substantiate, return dog to uncle.

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