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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Animal / Dog Law for Maine on
Q: Pet insurance denied my claim saying injury was due to illness with no explanation and I only have accidental coverage

My dog had knee surgery due to a torn ccl (acl). He was running and tore it. My insurance company is claiming it was due to an Illness. He has never been diagnosed with any sort of illness that would cause such a thing. I only have accident coverage and they won’t give me an explanation for the... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 15, 2023

A Maine attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Look at the policy and see what the provisions for dispute are - civil suit, arbitration, etc. A veterinarian is best qualified to make a call on the matter, but a ligament tear appears to be more accident-related... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: Can a landlord charge you both a $25 monthly pet fee as well as $250 pet deposit?

Tenants in the state of Maine with no current lease agreement.

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III
answered on Aug 8, 2019

Generally speaking, if you are a tenant without a written lease in Maine, you are what is called a “tenant at will,” which typically means your rights are defined and specified by Maine statutes and applicable case law. I am not aware of any Maine statutory prohibition against a landlord... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: If I suspect animal abuse or neglect on a neighbors property how much trouble could I get in for trespassing for proof?

Animal control has been called more than once from other neighbors and they have done nothing. The property is very obviously dirty and smells horrible. You can see many dogs on short chains and small, inadequate cages from the road. If someone were to go on the residents property to get proof of... View More

Zachary J. Smith
Zachary J. Smith
answered on Aug 27, 2018

This sounds hypothetically as if it would constitute trespass, a misdemeanor-level offense. However, I'm not certain that under these circumstances you would be charged. Another concern would be a property owner who thinks a trespasser is there to cause harm and accordingly shooting said trespasser.

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