Why wouldn’t you? Legally, if there was a completed gift or clear abandonment of the pet, then no, the former pet owner no longer “owns” the pet. Proving the legal intent to make a completed gift or to permanently abandon all legal claims to the pet will be yours to prove in the event of a...Read more »
We live on an acre of land and the dog ONLY barks when the man is creeping around our property (in bushes and driveway) he’s taking us to an animal services hearing where we’ll supposedly be charged $250 for “noise violation” He claims dogs can’t bark at all but I want the dog to... Read more »
Each county or local government has its own code (or not) regarding excessive barking. They are vague. For instance, Montgomery County’s reads, “An owner must not allow an animal to cause noise that is loud enough and persistent enough to disturb another person’s quiet enjoyment.“ This...Read more »
This should be posted under Florida law, not Maryland, as the laws different. I imagine that anytime a pet owner allows their dog to run loose (the very definition of not being under control) AND off their property, then their intentional, negligent or careless acts that allowed that and subsequent...Read more »
In theory, the person can sue you for negligence in failing to control your dog and allowing it to cause injury to him. However, it is unclear what his damages would be: was he bit? Scratched? Clothes torn? Suffered severe fright from the “attack”? How severe was your dog’s interaction? Was...Read more »
Both mine and neighbors dogs were unrestrained by leashes or fences when their dog lunged at my dog, and thus, my dog bit their dog. The neighbors dog then proceeded to maul my relative and cause dog bite injuries. If all dogs in question were unrestrained, are all parties responsible for their own... Read more »
If your relative who was mauled did not own any of the dogs, or have responsibility for them, and did nothing to trigger the attack on themselves, then your relative can file a claim against the owner of the dog who mauled him/her. The dog owner's homeowner's insurer would ordinarily be liable to...Read more »
I dont know what to do. The order says I get the dog but he wont give him back and when asked in court he said he give my dog away to his cousin to foster and wouldn't say who. I asked around and none of his cousin say they have him and this rest of the family won't tell me. Everyone is acting... Read more »
You file contempt with the court and ask that he be jailed for not turning over the dog. He can get out of jail by giving you the dog. It's a court order. Even if he gave the dog away, he is still required to get the dog back and give it to you.
Today, my neighbor’s dog trespassed my property and chased my 3-year old child on OUR back yard! I rushed outside and in the last split of a second succeeded to prevent the dog attacking my child. The dog was very aggressive and after rescuing my child, I had difficulty in forcing the dog to... Read more »
A man on Craigslist who lives in VA was rehoming his German Shepherd due to allergies according to the ad. He originally wanted a $300 fee but I told him I could not pay then and there and if I could I would do so at a later point as I did not even get paid until the 1st of August. He has been... Read more »
If he gave you the dog without requiring payment up front, with only your promise to pay in the future, then you did not commit theft or any criminal act. He may lie to the police, of course, but you have no control over that. All the facts you present support only a civil breach of contract for...Read more »
Our dog was let outside (we live on a farm), she was unleashed. She ran out into the road and a speeding truck had run her over. He did not call the police. Our dog was taken to the vet immediately and stitched up (the vet bill was over $700). She was told she had a high chance to live but... Read more »
I am very sorry about your dog. Sadly, some people can have no sympathy whatsoever. Unfortunately, as owners of your dog, it is your obligation to maintain it under control and not allow it to run loose across traffic. The people should submit their claim to their car insurance, but legally, they...Read more »
If you lost against the dog owner then you’re almost certainly barred from suing anyone else. Was the case heard on the merits? And in what court and for how much did you sue for (e.g., more than $5000)? Answers to these questions may help decide what options you have.
The sitter admits that she did not have my dog securely leashed when she let him out to relieve himself. He ran when she called his name and has been missing since 3/31. I was out of the country at the time and relied on her to begin searching. She says she feels horrible, but my dog is still... Read more »
I am sorry, as the loss of a pet can be devastating. I hope you find yours. Maryland law views pets as mere property, so the damage is measured by the fair market value of the dog (the reasonable cost to purchase a similar dog). You are also entitled to the breach of contract damages for the dog...Read more »
My ex and I got a dog while we were dating. I paid for most of its care while we were together. After breaking up, I kept the dog and continued to pay for all of its care for an entire year. Due to financial reasons, I recently had to give the dog back to the rescue site that we initially got her... Read more »
A pet is considered personal property under the law, no different than jointly owning a suitcase or other object. If you both contributed to the purchase price, and intended by agreement (oral or otherwise, or by mutual understanding) that the dog was to be the joint property of both of you, then...Read more »
My dog killed my neighbors outdoor cat last night. My dog got out of our fence and we found my dog and their cat on their front lawn. We have no idea whether the dog ran into the cat in the woods, or on their property. We all heard a commotion and then saw the dog looking over the cat while it... Read more »
There are two issues here. The first is whether your neighbor calls the local Animal Control office and files a dangerous dog report, which could trigger a review on whether your dog is too dangerous to be kept (and risk euthanasia). More likely, you as the owner would simply be cited for the dog...Read more »
I drove 2 hours (From centeral VA to MD, to a pet store we've prevuously been to and took our children to) to see a puppy we had our hearts set on only to have the pet store deny us the sale just because we have chikdren. Is that legal? I understand screening potential byers for things like... Read more »
It’s a private company so they can do what they want. You’ll find it much easier to adopt the same day at the county animal shelter or the local humane society, who have many rescues looking for a home.
The original owner got a dog and 4 months later left to go to school. She left her dog with her friend & then the friend a couple weeks later said she wanted to keep the dog. The owner said no so the friend tied the dog to the porch. Another friend of the owner went to get the dog and it ended up... Read more »
You do not acquire ownership of the dog in the manner you describe. It is not abandoned if the original owner believes she has placed it temporarily with her boyfriend and does not know otherwise. You can notify the owner that you have the dog, and tell her that if she does not make arrangements to...Read more »
He had asked me to watch his dog for only a couple of days. It hit the 3 week Mark and i received a text stating he was in jail. And my landlord wasn't gonna let me keep this pittbull. So at the month Mark i had to get rid of her. I started putting way to much money in her and everything. And this... Read more »
No, you have no legal duty or obligation to care for someone’s dog beyond the time you agreed to do so (unreasonably beyond). They abandoned their dog. Anybody can sue anyone but that doesn’t mean they will win. You could counter-sue for the extra costs you incurred for caring for their...Read more »
It's your dog, and your boyfriend had no legal right to transfer ownership to anyone else, so the current person(s) in possession of your dog cannot legally have obtained ownership. The conclusion may be different if other facts are present, such as your boyfriend claiming that you either made a...Read more »
My ex boyfriend paid for my dog. At the moment of purchase all the documents were done under my name since she was supposed to be a gift. Everything is under my name from proof of owner to Montgomery County registration and health insurance. She has always lived with me, he has probably been seeing... Read more »
A gift is a gift. If you can prove the gift, and by your facts and evidence cited in your question it appears you should be able to, then his suit will fail. If you want to reduce the risk of losing your beloved pet, I suggest you retain counsel to defend this suit.
Each county has its own procedures for dealing with dog bites and classification of “dangerous” dogs. Generally speaking, most follow a one bite/incident rule depending on the severity and circumstances of the attack, as it usually takes more than one incident of aggressive behavior to meet...Read more »
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