Minnesota Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: Witnessed my neighbor's dog get hit by a car and die instantly - driver left the scene but lives nearby. Illegal?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Answered on Apr 9, 2019
Jonathan Matthew Holson's answer
Yes. It is something that can be reported to law enforcement. It is animal cruelty.

Q: Can we be sued?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Mar 30, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
Sure; in America anyone can sue anybody for anything at any time (even without a lawyer in small claims court). Winning the lawsuit is another matter. Save all your receipts, text messages, emails and all other documents.

Q: Can an individual licensed to carry a firearm shoot an unleashed dog attacking a leashed dog, or said individual?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Minnesota on
Answered on Mar 20, 2019
Lucas Wynne's answer
This is a very fact-specific question. Accordingly, it would depend on what happened. Can they be in trouble for discharging the firearm in city limits? Can they justify their actions? Can they show they were coming to the aid of the other dog? Frankly, the "right" answer is going to depend on the specific case.

Q: My daughter was recently bitten in the face at her mom's boyfriend's house and received over 100 stitches, can I sue

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law and Child Custody for Minnesota on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
Lisa Watson Cyr's answer
Most likely, but you need to talk with an attorney as soon as possible to go over the specific facts of the unfortunate attack.

Q: What if somebody holds your puppies and then all of a sudden they start disappearing

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Dec 19, 2017
Lucas Wynne's answer
Who/what starts disappearing? Your question does not seem to be complete. If somebody has stolen your animals, call the police or bring a claim in conciliation (small claims) court.

Q: Our two dogs are on my property, under control of an electric fence. The dogs cant leave the yard without being shocked.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Minnesota on
Answered on Nov 3, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
If they are on the property with your permission you are. If not you may not be. However I assume that if you have property you have homeowners and you must report it to them.

Q: I sold a dog on payments, but haven't been payed at all for three weeks and want the puppy back do I need the police?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Sep 28, 2017
Lucas Wynne's answer
The police will not intervene in this matter. You need an attorney and/or to seek relief through conciliation court.

Q: My neighbors dog keeps getting out and almost getting hit. Has happened 7 times. Can I keep it?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Sep 28, 2017
Lucas Wynne's answer
No. The dog is their property.

Q: My neighbor has horses he is never home the horses get out run into my yard damaging my property and animal.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Jul 24, 2017
Joseph A. Gangi's answer
Talk with a lawyer about bringing a lawsuit under the "running at large" statute

Q: what do I need to bring to court for a custody hearing regarding a dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on May 26, 2017
Lucas Wynne's answer
There is no such thing as a custody hearing for a dog because dogs are property, not people. However, if you are going to small claims court over the ownership of a dog or the dog is being awarded as property subject to a divorce proceeding, then I would suggest bringing any receipts, registration documents, etc. that might evidence your ownership of the dog. I hope this is helpful.

Q: Are humane societies subject to puppy lemon laws in Minnesota?

1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law and Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017
Lucas Wynne's answer
No. Humane societies are not covered under the 325F.79 definition of pet dealers.

Q: I own a housedog and trailer in t court who doesnt allow dogs. Dog stays in my house 24/7. Can I legally kp my dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Minnesota on
Answered on Apr 19, 2017
Lucas Wynne's answer
Without knowing more information, it is likely that you are bound to the terms set forth by the trailer court. There may be an exception if you owned the dog (and lived in the trailer court) prior to the time the trailer court imposed the no dogs rule.

Q: Dog broke off chain, went after dog that had previously injured said dog. Dog walker tried to break dogs apart.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Minnesota on
Answered on Sep 16, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
each person should contact their insurance. Odd that a chain would "break." Whoever's chain it was should keep it as that may be someone to be added to the case. Each person is responsible for keeping their dogs under control. Let the insurance company handle it is the next step.

Q: should the pet policy be clearly stated in the lease agreement?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Minnesota on
Answered on Sep 2, 2016
Joseph A. Gangi's answer
You need written consent -- but you won't get written consent without paying the $200. If you have a pet without written consent, that would be considered violating the terms of your lease and could be grounds for eviction.

Q: I signed a paper saying if I could no longer keep my dog I have to return it back to them then with my initials after .

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Sep 2, 2016
Joseph A. Gangi's answer
It sounds like you signed a contract. You should seek the advice of a contract attorney to review the contract and assess your rights and obligations under it, and also potential consequences for breaching the contract.

Q: my kids dads ex stole my kids dog

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Jul 21, 2016
Lucas Wynne's answer
Contact an attorney and ask for help. Be polite, seems like a pro bono cause in my opinion.

Q: Can the city turn a dog at large ticket into a state ticket an can they come after me if there not my dogs there my sons

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Jul 19, 2016
Lucas Wynne's answer
Here's the thing - if you hire an attorney to fight the ticket, the fee would likely be minimal. If you were responsible for the dogs at the time, then it is your ticket. If you were not responsible for the dogs (i.e. your son was there), then it may very well be that the police gave the ticket to the wrong person. As to your other question, I am unsure if you are stating that the charges are now being pressed by the state or if you are just curious if this is a possibility.

Q: Do I need to help the new owner of the puppy pay his medical bill? We sold him as he is with no contract agreement.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Minnesota on
Answered on Jul 19, 2016
Lucas Wynne's answer
Although I do not know the full facts of this scenario, the answer would be no in this type of situation generally.

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