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Q: If I been taking Care of a Neighbors dog for months can I get ownership of the dog?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 20, 2019

No it's like borrowing someone's car

It doesn't make it yours.

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Q: Hey if my dog was hit and killed by a company car speeding through a residential area failed to stop at stop sign? W2D

What to do

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 12, 2019

File suit in justice of the peace court. They have forms for you.

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Q: Boyfriend and girlfriend are breaking up, have a dog 2 years, girl takes care of the dog and vet bills, whos dog is it

Boyfriend and girlfriend are breaking up

The girlfriend always has taken care of the dog and takes it to the vet and pays for all the vet bills and medicine.

It was a rescue dog and neither one of them paid for the dog.

Who can legally take the dog since they are breaking... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 8, 2019

To the person the dog was adopted, at the Humane Society. If both people adopted the dog at the Humane Society, then to the person of the person who licensed the dog. If the dog is not licensed, then to whoever gets the license first.

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Q: How long do I have to keep a dog that was left to be groomed and never came back to get it

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 8, 2019

If it was just for grooming:

1) send a text message,

2) leave a voice mail,

3) if you have an address, deliver the dog,

4) if you don't have an address, take the dog to the pound after 23 hours.

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Q: I rehomed my 3yr old purebred dog to a nice girl and her two boys.. Under a strict buyer return policy. She let her ex

Husband take the dog and now the kids are out of the picture and my dog is unhappy. Can I take him back ? I was not told about the situation till now about 4 months later.

She was supposed to only give the dog back to me and I would refund her. Now he is with another person I know nothing... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 5, 2019

I strongly recommend you go to your Justice of the Peace and file a claim for "Conversion" against both husband and wife. The Justice of the Peace will have forms for you. In your claim, assert what the price for that kind of purebred dog is and ask for "Specific Performance" by return of the dog.

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Q: Is it animal cruelty to leave a dog outside indefinitely with no shelter? Please read details

My neighbor has two beautiful dogs that have been outside for three days now at least without any kind of shelter, I’ve been watching closely and observing their feeding and watering, they are very irregularly fed and watered and it frequently reaches 95 degrees here. They appear to have mange,... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 30, 2019

Call the Humane Society or offer to buy the dogs from your neighbor.

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Q: How can I get a writ of possession for my dog that was been kept away from me. I have evidence of a Facebook screenshot.

Refusal to give him back, I have vet paperwork stating I am the owner. And screenshots of this lady refusing to give my dog back.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 19, 2019

File suit in justice if the peace court

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Q: Lawn care comes in my yard and harms my dog what’s his liability for vet bills? Has been told not to enter if dog’s out.

Lawn care service that has been cutting my grass has been told not to enter the yard if my dog is in the yard. One of his workers came in the yard, my dog was moving towards him, barking and he held up a weed eater toward her face and burned her badly. He swears that it wasn’t on and that she... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 30, 2019

1) File a claim with Justice of the Peace for Vet bills,

2) Hire new lawn care company,

3) Pick specified days for lawn care and leave your pets inside on those days.

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Q: What is the maximum penalties for animal at large Louisiana

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 21, 2019

Get a leash, update your dog's vaccinations and a fenced yard and you may have no penalties.

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Q: Someone gave me a strayed dog and 2 days later I got cruelty charge bc the dog hair. But the animals shelter wasnt

Accepting drop offs. Can I get out of animal cruelty charge for those circumstances when I was just being a good person to take the dog

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Apr 8, 2019

Who possibly charged you?

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Q: I was given a citation for rs 3.2771 and at the time of arrainment criminal property damage of personal property of 500

But less than a 1000 was added. Can that be done?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 8, 2019

Get a consultation with a criminal attorney because you don't give enough details.

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Q: Was give bird and lady wants back after 10 months

She is sending messages that I just avoid all together to keep from arguing! What should I do in matter my daughter is 14 and spends countless hours with this bird that she was given 10 moths ago! I told her my daughter was attached and said she didn’t want to give up her friend! My daughter is... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 4, 2019

You need to hire a lawyer to seek custody. A 15 year old's best friend should not be a bird; it should be another girl. The bird should be a "pet".

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Q: what can i do to prevent my mother from not allowing me to take my dog whenever i wish to move out ?

i live with my father and mother currently but wish to leave due to the fact that my family is very toxic and dysfunctional. my dog is always with me everyday except for the time i am at school, other than that she sleeps,eats, and does everything else with me . i don’t want to leave her because... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 22, 2019

IF you are 18 or older, it will come down to who has receipts or cancelled checks for shots or license.

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Q: My sister left her dog with me 5 months ago. Now says we must share him.

Dog is a boxer. Since she left him I've paid for his care including shots, food and vet bills. I paid for a microchip as well. All vet business and microchip was done in my name since I've had him.

I hold no love for my sister and would rather not have to interact with her so I'm not... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 14, 2019

Looks like a donation to me. Get the dog licensed in your name.

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Q: I purchased 3 dogs in the past 4 years. My ex gf and I separated. I brought them to see her at a store and she took them

I purchased 3 dogs in the past 4 years. My ex gf and I separated. I brought them to see her at a store and she took them from me while I was in the store. I called the sheriffs office and they "so say" filed a theft report. I have the registrations and micro chips in my name and I know where my... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Dec 30, 2018

The question here is ownership. If ownership is an issue, the police don't (and won't) make that determination. You will need to file suit to retrieve the dogs. You need to consult with an attorney to determine your rights and your likelihood of success, along with the cost of doing so. Good... Read more »

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Q: I bought three dogs while my ex girlfriend and I were together. She took them from me and won't give them back.

She has never had a job, therefore couldn't have purchased them and the micro chip and registrations are in my name. She took them without permission and will not five them back. The local authorities will do nothing about this saying it's considered a civil matter. Yet, a pet is considered... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 30, 2018

File a civil suit with the Justice of the Peace and file an internal affairs complaint with the Sheriff's Office.

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Q: I have 3 cats when I moved I could not take w/me they are chipped in my name and now my ex refuses to let me have them?

The 3 cats are chipped in my name and were not to be left there forever. My ex knew that. What are my rights?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 4, 2018

Cats can be manually donated. You no longer have any rights.

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Q: Can you legally get your dog back after giving him away?

My mom purchased a Labrador from a woman who breeds dogs. Recently, my mom thought it might be best to find a new home for the dog (now 5 years old) & handed him back over to the “breeder” woman 2 days ago. My mom did not realize the emotional ramifications of her actions & now wants her dog... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 1, 2018

No this was a manual donation and she can't get her dog back.

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Q: Sitter neglecte = 2,600 emergency vet bill. Should she pay cost?

My husband & I left our kids & dog with a friend so we could go out of state for a funeral. On Thursday 12am we left, youngest had a dental procedure that day. Sitter allowed youngest to chew extremely bad hole in lip because she didnt want to say anything to kid(didnt tell me how bad it was till i... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 27, 2018

Not worth suing her if she has no assets. If you got her from a service, notify the service. Otherwise avoid her like the plague.

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Q: My ex wife is refusing to give back my dog that is AKC and service dog registered to me. Is that theft?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 16, 2018

Why would your ex wife have your dog? If you gave her the dog to watch while you were out of town, she's going to say the dog was a gift. You don't have to change the license with a dog to manually donate the dog to another person. You will have to a small claim suit and it will be a he said/she... Read more »

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