Louisiana Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Jan 14, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Looks like a donation to me. Get the dog licensed in your name.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Dec 30, 2018
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
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 luck.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Dec 30, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
File a civil suit with the Justice of the Peace and file an internal affairs complaint with the Sheriff's Office.

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?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Dec 4, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Cats can be manually donated. You no longer have any rights.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Dec 1, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
No this was a manual donation and she can't get her dog back.

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

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Nov 27, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Nov 16, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
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 said before a Justice of the Peace to determine to whom the dog belongs I doubt the Sheriff's Office will be of any assistance.

Q: my service dog he has been asked to leave because he barked and lunges but was restrained

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Nov 12, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Depends who asked him to leave and where. You are absolute liable for any injuries your dog causes.

Q: Can my stepmom give away my service dog while I’m out of town?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Oct 29, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Leave your dog with someone else or board it while you are out of town. You can't MAKE her care for your dog.

Q: Found an abandoned dog. Owner moved out of state but now wants him back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Oct 26, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Offer to buy the dog. See if that persuades the owner and pay with a check.

Q: Can I legally keep my mother's dog, since she allows her husband to abuse the dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Sep 27, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Get the old Vet record to prove neglect. Is the dog a purebred or mutt? If a mutt, the worst she can charge you with is theft of $1.25. If a pure bred but spayed, also no monetary value. Tell her if she tries to accuse you of theft, then you will file a criminal charge of neglect.

Q: can someone take my cats when I'm out of town and abandon them at a trash dump?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Sep 15, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
You can't leave your pets in someone else's home if they don't want them there. You need to come home immediately and take the 6 felines to the Humane Society since you currently can't care for them. By law you can only have 5 cats in a home. Cats need to be neutered and given shots annually.

Q: Can someone give my 2 adult cats and four kittens away when I'm out of state? They have food, water, etc

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Sep 15, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Yes someone can take them to the Humane Society for neglect. Cats need fresh water and food DAILY not weekly. They also need their litter cleaned/changed weekly and shots annually.

Q: do i need an attorney to make a legal agreement for dog fostering? i don’t want my dog to be not given back

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Aug 1, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
It needs to be in writing, dated and signed to be a binding contract.

Q: My female dog is confined in our fenced in back yard & our neighbors dog came into our yard and bred her, can I sue?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Vets will terminate pregnancies. Give your neighbor the bill. If he doesn't pay, file in small claims court. Get a higher fence.

Q: Given a dog who was malnourished. we've had for over 30days. they want her back now Do i have any right to keep her?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Jul 15, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Refuse. Tell her see you in court. Your vet bills are proof she was a gift. Tell former owner if they make a stink, then you will file a criminal complaint of animal cruelty.

Q: My dog was on a shared servitude and the other owner shot it as it was coming under my fence.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Jun 3, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
File suit in Justice of the Peace court.

Q: Received a dog from a woman and now being threatened and harassed.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Answered on May 27, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
I'm assuming you have a receipt or cancelled check for your original $200. If not, what were you thinking giving anyone more than $20 without a receipt? That being said, yes, your attorney can file a Petition for a Restraining Order. Record her calls, print her emails, screen shot, email and print her text messages, save her correspondence.

Q: My dog was on his leash 3 yards down the kid next door to my house was told not to touch him and did and he got bit

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on May 21, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
You are being charged because dog owners are absolutely liable for all injuries caused by their pets. As a life long dog owner, I can say, you shouldn't own a dog unless you have a fenced yard and your dog is leash trained. Your dog needs to be current on all his shots or the dog will be put down. You will be civilly sued also.

Q: i sold a dog and he was healthy &she said after 2 mts he died from autoimmune disease do i have to pay her? No autopsy

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Answered on May 7, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
You have to pay her if she sues and wins. But she can post all sorts of reviews about your bad breeding.

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