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Q: A vet clinic allowed another person to put my dog down. Can I sue? And how much can I sue for?

My dog had a foot infection and I wouldn't have the money to pay for his vet visit untill that Friday so my friend went with me to the clinic and paid for his service at the time. The vet has me listed as his owners, I have his shot records, and other papers showing I am the owner. The vet said... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 10, 2020

Unfortunately, the LA state Senate has decided that dogs have only their cash value as a show dog or breeder. The same state senators have decided there is no emotional value attached to a dog. If you disagree, write to your state senator. Otherwise, your suit is not worth the bother unless your... Read more »

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Q: Someone gave us a dog 8 months ago cause she couldn’t take care of him.. now she’s trying to take him from us

Is it possible for her to just take the dog after basically just abandoning him ?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 6, 2020

Get him licensed, chipped and shots in your name and build a fence

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Q: A neighbor accused our dog of fighting her dog breaking a tooth. No proof it was done in her yard. Do we pay Vet bill?

Her dog has jumped on our dog numerous times and another neighbor has had to get 1st neighbor’s dog off our dog. And it’s happened on our property.

She took her dog to vet for broken tooth from the dogs fighting and had them send us the bill. Are we responsible to pay even though she... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 3, 2020

Make sure your dog's shots and license are all up to date. Tell her you need a photo, video or other evidence. Then buy a fence.

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Q: Found puppy with no tags while at work. Took home. No owners found. Can lose job if claimed after given away?

Boyfriend found a puppy while at work with no collar, no tags, and loaded him up in his work truck and brought him home! We have had him in our possession for 7 full days. We have looked for owners in neighborhood the puppy was found, looked for lost posters/signs as well as waited for someone to... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 1, 2020

Give the dog to a good home.

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Q: Service dog in training/ access laws

I am confused about the service dog in training access laws for Louisiana. I am owner training my medical alert dog, do I have access rights with her as long as she is reliable, 100% potty trained, and under control?

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jan 27, 2020

I believe your dog would need to be certified as a medical support animal. Your doctor's office should be able to walk you through the process. If not, there are tutorials online that explain what documentation you'll need.

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Q: Can you help me with the cat situation? When three cats went missing, she brought more. If a coyote bites me, lawsuit.

I know she’s aware feeding cats attract wild animals because in 2016, in Baton Rouge, they wrote online about coyote problems & missing cats. I live alone with her two vacant houses, I’m 60 with health issues. The closest neighbors shot her cats with paint balls. They are cruel to animals.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 26, 2020

1) Call the Humane Society. There are humane trappers who neuter Nd release stray cats.

2) Call the Sheriff's Office on anyone who is cruel to feral cats.

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Q: Can a Landlords be held for damages for their tenants dogs?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 15, 2020

Maybe yes, maybe no. Need a lot more details.

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Q: I shot my neighbor’s dog in my yard as it was charging me after it had bitten my 15 yo daughter twice earlier as she was

Walking home from bus stop. Am I liable for vet bills and anguish for owner?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 14, 2020

Yes. Mace and 911 would have worked without creating liability.

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Q: We were donated a dog by a breeder no paper work now she wants the dog back can she do that?

Given the dog and 2 weeks later she said she wants the dog back. She has told us we had till Friday at 5pm or else. Now she claims she’s involving police is going to get my husband fired from his job. Just trying to figure out what leg she has to stand on we never signed paper work she gave us a... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 10, 2020

You already called my office. You have a signed registration paper from her. I advised you to get the dog shots, chipped, wormed and a license from your veterinarian. Then you will have more than enough documentation to show the police if she calls. I doubt police will get involved. If she is... Read more »

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Q: I am with a dog rescue. 5 dogs were surrendered by owner and then transferred to a friend of a friend until transport

The friend of the friend agreed to foster the dogs until transport from LA to TX rescue foster home where they will be spayed/neutered and completely vetted before placement with adoptive families. She turned out to be an unlicensed backyard breeder and plans to use at least two of these dogs for... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 7, 2019

File a claim for civil fraud, damages, specific performance, legal fees, court costs, in small claims court with a Justuce of the Peace against both the friend and her friend.m. Also file a criminal complaint of fraud with the Sheriff's Office. Then contact the LA Dept of Ag and Humane Sociery to... Read more »

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Q: My friend was living with us 6 months, I paid for the dog food, and i gave the dog attention and the dog sleeps with me.

They moved out almost a month ago and they dog is still with us, also they never ask how the dog is doing. When would the dog be legally considered mine?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 28, 2019

Get your yard fenced, the dog licensed in your name, rabies/distemper/heartworm & parvo, and chipped in your name. Then send them a letter by certified mail telling them thank you for the gift of the dog.

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Q: I live in Louisiana and have had dealings after dealings for over 5 yrs now with the neighbors dog on our 10 acres and

He has killed 2 litters of puppies, pet rabbit, pet kitten, injured leg of our male Spitz, and recently put a scar across our my 6 month old great Pyrenees. 4 yrs ago my moms german shepherd was poisoned in our own yard and died.

I called animal control ONCE AGAIN and provided pics & video... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 15, 2019

1) Call the Sheriff's office and file a criminal complaint of harassment,

2) Call wildlife and fisheries and file a criminal complaint of poisoning,

3) Hire an attorney to file a restraining order and file a civil suit for damages.

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Q: If you let a family friend watch your dog for a year because your living arrangements didn’t allow pets.

Is it technically their dog , if you go back to get it ?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 14, 2019

You should have gotten them to sign a dated receipt or an agreement for something as valuable as your dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Animal / Dog Law, Domestic Violence and Federal Crimes for Louisiana on
Q: I’ve been trying to find out what is the law for can your spouse take Community property before you divorce?

Had a restraining order on my spouse went to court judge okayed him to take personal items and came with a constable and two police officers they detained me away from my house so he can collect a list of items Tools furniture etc. tools furniture etc. that the constable allowed him to take

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 7, 2019

If you were given exclusive use of the house or a protective order, yes he can be granted access with a deputy to remove his personal effects, clothes, separate property or items needed for work, pending divorce and partition.

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Q: hub and I split separation he now threaten to take the oldest dog away by reg her under ESA can he do that to me ?

We was married 11 years living apart 9 months he told yesterday I have a rude awakening because he filed for our oldest dog ESA bc he thought I would hold her against which haven’t and do plan on can he does this to me ??

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 27, 2019

Dogs are property, just like any other property. If the dog was acquired during your marriage, it's considered community property, and you both have equal rights to the dog.

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Q: A woman wants to sell me a dog for 500$ but wants an extra 300$ for the papers is that illegal
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 27, 2019

Yes it's legal. So it's $500 for a purebred or $800 for a pedigreed dog.

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Q: Is it againist the law to own, breed, raise and posses gamefowl in louisiana
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 4, 2019

You can own chickens and ducks in Louisiana.

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Q: Neighbors puppy chase my vehicle into highway. I took it to animal shelter.

Could I go to jail for this or face criminal charges. Louisiana

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 31, 2019

Absolutely not. You did the right thing

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Q: An officer showed up at my friends house 3 weeks AFTER her dog got loose and gave her a ticket for it. Is this legal?

He is a big dog and broke his collar. So he got off his leash, well 3 weeks after this happened an officer showed up and said the town was taking possession of her dog and was giving her a ticket. Is it legal to wait 3 weeks after the incident?

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jul 31, 2019

Yes, it's legal.

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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
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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