Massachusetts Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: Ex wants almost $13000 or says he will take the dogs and possibly sell them. Registered to me paid for and AKC to him

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Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Were you married? If not, then his payment for trips and home improvements on your home may be considered gifts, unless there were explicit loan agreements between you regarding these expenditures. As for the ownership of the dogs, were they gifts to you? Why are they registered in your name? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials,...

Q: Can we try to get reimbursed for tests and cremation of my dog that just passed because of misdiagnosis and negligence

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Answered on Feb 5, 2018
Jeremy Cohen's answer
Hello,

Instances like this typically involve obtaining all of the records from the involved vet, sending them out to one of our experts to determine if there is a potential valid claim, and if so, sending a demand letter to the involved vet. If you would like our office to take a closer look at your situation, feel free to reach out to us at office@bostondoglawyers.com.

Q: Are you allowed to walk your dog on school property after hours During summer season

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Answered on Aug 22, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Is there a related prohibition posted on the property? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody,...

Q: Can I walk my dog after hours on School grounds During summer months?

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Answered on Aug 22, 2017
William Head's answer
You forgot to mention whether your dog wore a diaper. The issue for schools is that children play outside (recess) and if poop piles litter the landscape, guess who gets to clean up the kids, once they get poop on them? Don't ask me how they get poop on them, but they will.

If it is a law, or posted, STAY AWAY.

Q: The 2nd of this month I was unexpectedly hospitalized and had a dog at home. I called my mother to explain the scenario.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Constitutional Law for Massachusetts on
Answered on May 17, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Definitely contact a criminal defense attorney such as myself asap to discuss your risks and potential civil rights and privacy rights.

See: http://www.aeesq.com/criminal-defense-lawyer/dui-drugs-cannabis/

More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice...

Q: Puppy given away by a third party third-party new persons register the dog and now claims she's there's

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Answered on May 7, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
How did the dog leave your possession and end up in theirs? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and...

Q: i bought dog in 06; married boyfriend in 08 divorced him in 14. left dog with him moved 1.5 hours away. am I still owne

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Answered on May 2, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Possession is key in ownership of personal property. Your payments may be considered a gift. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense,...

Q: My girlfriend and I bought a dog together and she is asking for her money back. Can she sue me if I don't wanna pay her?

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Answered on Apr 17, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
What were the terms of the purchase? Did she loan you the money or gift it to you? Who bought the dog? How did the dog come into your sole possession? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following...

Q: Was asked to babysit someone's dog for a month. It has been over a year and he wants to come get him. Can he do that?

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Answered on Mar 22, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
It sounds like he abandoned the dog, and the dog might belong to you now. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and...

Q: My roommate threatened to kill my kitten when I am not home. What do I do?

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Answered on Mar 12, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
You can report this to the landlord for breach of lease agreement. You can report this to the police re: animal cruelty, and you can tell her that you'll sue her for breach of lease agreement and/or conversion of personal property if she hurts or threatens to hurt your kitty. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and...

Q: Will I have to file a suit?

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Answered on Mar 11, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
You can contact the police re: theft, and you can also sue for conversion in court. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody,...

Q: I adopted a dog with my boyfriend, I paid more for him and his vet records and microchip are in my name only

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Answered on Mar 6, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
The registration as an ESA is not dispositive evidence of ownership. You may need to sue for conversion of personal property. Did you gift the dog to him? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of...

Q: My dog had puppies im asking if i should give one to the breeder cuz the place they raice their dogs is not safe...

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Massachusetts on
Answered on Feb 22, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Are you in any sort of contractual arrangement with the breeder? Why does the breeder have your dogs? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce &...

Q: I gave my puppy to a friend but he didn't pay me yet and I want my puppy back do I still own him?

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Answered on Feb 22, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
How long has it been since you gave the dog to the friend? If he doesn't pay you within a reasonable time period, you can sue for breach of contract and seek an injunction to mandate the return of your dog. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice...

Q: A homeless woman recently signed over ownership of her dog to me then later stole him, how do I get him back?

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Answered on Feb 20, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
You may consider suing for conversion of personal property; but frankly with a homeless person who wants to flout the law, an injunction may be hard to enforce. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following...

Q: Who's dog is it?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Massachusetts on
Answered on Feb 3, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
If the dog was given as a gift by the girlfriend, then it belongs to him; but it depends on the facts. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal...

Q: I bought a dog from someone that fauksified the shot records. Can i take her to court for this.

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Answered on Jan 23, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
This may qualify as fraud or at least breach of contract. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or...

Q: Had someone watch my pets found out they got rid of my pets without telling me is that legal what can i do

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Massachusetts on
Answered on Jan 18, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
That sounds like conversion of personal property. You may be able to sue for damages in court. It depends on the facts. You may want to try to reacquire your pets from the persons to whom they gave your pets. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

Q: Is there any recourse against a company that let a dog out of a family's house that I ended up hitting and killing?

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Answered on Jan 10, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
You can consider suing the company for negligence, but I'm not sure it'd be financially worth your time. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

Q: Adopted a cat with ex My name on contract but His is the only signature do I have right to see the cat?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Family Law and Adoption for Massachusetts on
Answered on Dec 23, 2016
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Your claim to ownership would depend on any agreements between you and your ex re: the cat and whether your ex gave you ownership rights of the cat at any point. As for visitation rights, unless they're agreed to in some contract with your ex or are ordered by a judge as part of some rarified divorce decree (if you were married), I don't see a case for visitation. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer...

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