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Q: My neighbor shot at my dog with a pellet gun my dog ran over to their yard (no one was outside) Did he break the law?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 24, 2020

Build fence NOW. There is a leash law.

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Q: sum1 gave me a puppy becuz he couldn't keep it now the dog has had puppies and he trying to take them. is he entitled to

I raised fed gave shots to her worming meds. been had her since she was 7 weeks old now she had had her own puppies and the people who gave me her because they couldn't keep her are saying they have breeding rights and trying to take all the puppies

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 24, 2020

Bull crap. Get copies of the Veterinarian records. Get all the puppies and the bitch licensed and shots. Sell the puppies so you do not have more than 5 dogs total. Then tell the former owners to sit and spin.

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Q: Can i sue if i have a neighbor that falsely reported my dogs to animal control?

She told animal control that my dogs tried attacking her when they were clearly in our backyard fenced in with no breakage what so ever

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 21, 2020

Don't do it. It will escalate. This crazy neighbor may poison your dog.

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Q: I puppy showed up at my house, no collar.

I immedialty posted his picture and location on a local Facebook missing animal page. I was contacted by a rescue group who said they had been working with a woman to foster him. They tried to make contact with her, she never responded. I decided to adopt him over a week later. Since then I have... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 7, 2020

You have lost of proof he is your dog. 5he burden is on her to prove otherwise. Just get a copy of the Vet record in case the crazy woman calls the police.

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Q: can a neighbor call the law on me if my two small dogs run on my property next to his fence and “play” with his dogs?

My neighbor has three large breed dogs that run on his fenced property can he call the law on me because my two small breed dogs run up and down the fence and bark and play with his dogs? He said my dogs are nuisances, but yet his Dogs bark as much as my dogs do He put the fence up a few years... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 2, 2020

Fence the front and record his fogs barking.

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Q: Can I sue if I was bit by a dog where I was working in exchange for room and board? The injury later caused an absess

The absess was staph and another worker had staph there. I was hospitalized for a week and was bed ridden for 6 weeks. In addition I am also an undocumented immigrant from Canada. I moved to the USA on a 3 year work visa and overstayed 10 years ago. I've resided In USA for 13 years. I lost... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 30, 2020

I think you mean that you were bitten 23 Nov 2019, not 2020. Did you have pasturella or staph? Go get a certified copy of your medical records and bill and hire a personal injury lawyer no later than 23 Oct 2020.

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Q: ¿Can people shoot dogs on there property?

I have two dogs, and I had them in front of my house because I took them for a walk with my 2 year old son. The neighbor's dog attacks my dogs on my property. Another day my dog ​​came loose and attacked the neighbor's dog on his property. and he wants to shoot my dog if it go’s... Read more »

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

Send him a letter by certified mail that you will charge him with discharge of a weapon within city limits, cruelty to animals and sue him for conversion. Then buy a big fence & get your dog chipped.

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Q: I live in Louisiana and in Bienville Parish where there is no shelter there is no shelter in any of the connecting area

That will take them. Now I'm in trouble with the city saying that I have too many dogs.knowing that I have asked the city to help, the parish to help, and the Sheriff's Office to help and no one is willing to help. Is there anything law that will help me with this. I have been harassed by... Read more »

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

I believe the limit is 5 pets. Take your excess to a shelter in another parish.

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Q: Uncle went to jail for almost a year and we took in his dog

When he went to jail, his landlord called other family of ours about the dog. Was saying if someone didnt come get her he would take her to the pound. My mom went got her. Now almost a year later, he is out and wants her back. Can my mom legally keep her?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 19, 2020

Yes. He deserted her. Get her chipped, shots and licensed.

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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... 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... 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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