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Q: fedex driver ran over and killed my dog on my property, i have security video of the incident. what charges if any?

lawyer hired by fedex claims it is our fault for letting the dog out on our own property. our county does have a leash law, but it specifically states that you become liable when dog leaves your property.

Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon answered on Sep 1, 2021

Depending on how the driver was handling the truck when this occurred, there may be a good argument to have FedEx at least pay some damages, though it would depend on the type of dog, bills associated with it, etc.

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Q: What can be done legally when a dog killed my dog?

we were invited by a pitts owner who did not ensure the animal was secured and her stepson let him out who immediately attacked my dog. After 12000.00 vet bill, he died. I can prove he killed 20 chickens the week before and goats months before that. Thus is in smith county. I made a report ar... Read more »

Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon answered on Aug 3, 2021

You could potentially sue the owners of the pitbull. If the dog had a history of being violent, then they were effectively put on notice of the dogs violent propensities, which means that they could be found to be legally responsible for any damages to a person or their property.

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Q: If I suspect my neighbor picked up my dog and has kept her - what can I do ? Can I take them to court
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin answered on Jul 25, 2021

Yes, you can take them to court. You can contact law enforcement to file criminal charges and/or file a civil action.

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Q: Is it ok for my neighbor to leave his dogs loose all day everyday even when he Is away from the house because his dog

Has bitten a child and he says he dont have to chain his dogs up

Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon answered on May 30, 2021

Likely not. If he is allowing the dog to get out and the dog bites someone, especially after having already shown a propensity for viciousness, then he could be found liable for any harm that the dog causes. It sounds like it might be worth it for you to talk to a lawyer about, especially if the... Read more »

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Q: My neighbour’s dogs keep coming in my yard and I have two cats outside that I’m scared the dogs will attack and hurt

What can I do to protect my pets? I have a camera outside showing their dogs in my yard even on my front porch!

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin answered on Apr 6, 2021

The first thing to do is to read the county or city ordinances (depending on where you live) to find out about your remedies. If your local Sheriff’s Dept or city has an animal control division, call them and report the loose dogs and your fears. The video will be your best evidence.

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Q: Is it illegal to shoot a dog with a BB gun if it keeps pooping in your yard?
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 19, 2020

Yes. That would be animal abuse or cruelty. Try talking the to the adult human responsible for the dog because dogs are animals and they don’t know or understand property lines.

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Q: I need help in getting a vet malpractice suit strted

i have lots of details and one main one is the vet being under the influence

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 17, 2020

In most states, you need what it called a "certificate of merit" to file a malpractice claim. Depending on the local rules, you can get it after you file the complaint, but there is a specific deadline by which you must file the certificate of merit. The certificate of merit requires... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Animal / Dog Law for Mississippi on
Q: I sold a guy a puppy and he has not made me back the money he agreed can I get my puppy back
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 5, 2020

This is not a traffic issue so I don’t understand why it’s labeled that way, but yes you can sue to get your puppy back.

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Q: When it says for mississippi city of tupelo, that pit bulls are "declared vicious" but doesnt say banned or restricted,

What does that mean exactly?

Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon answered on Nov 17, 2019

That likely means that there is a local ordinance already declaring them to be banned from the city. It may be better to talk to someone at community development to verify.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Mississippi on
Q: I am being sued over my dog biting someone that came in my house without my permission

Not sure what to do now

Ross Diamond III
Ross Diamond III answered on Apr 30, 2019

If you have not already done so, contact your homeowner's insurance carrier to report the claim. The insurance company should defend the case and will employ a Mississippi lawyer to advise you on your liability.

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Q: Three dogs were found inside the goat fence. Two goats dead and one was half eaten. Owners say I didn't actually see

The owner opened gate to let dogs out but still say I can't prove it was their dogs

Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon answered on Jan 27, 2019

This sounds like a classic example of a circumstantial evidence case.

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Q: Is there a leash law in Mississippi?

My neighbor's dogs keep coming onto the property.

Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon answered on Oct 6, 2018

There is not a blanket leash law in Mississippi; rather, it varies from city to city via local ordinance.

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Q: Someone made a public post of social media, posted a photo of my dog saying to kill it

They said "If you see this dog run it over I will pay you $50.00 and I will fill your gas tank up". This was after they admitted to shooting our puppy. This person has harrassed us, and our animals. Now two of our pets are dead, the father and the puppy of the father. We need help... Read more »

Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon answered on Feb 21, 2018

If you are being harassed, a good starting point would be to report them to local law enforcement.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Mississippi on
Q: Dog ran off down the road,got hit and killed the man in the truck just kept driving.We have his tag #,what can be done?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 20, 2018

Ask the police. Dog was in the road so it's largely on you. Duty to stop is to people, or damage to property over whatever Ms. sets as the bar. A dog is valued at the market value, not the intrinsic value to you. Note however if the dog did damage to the car the driver may counterclaim for... Read more »

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Q: I live in Mississippi. If a dog comes onto my property during deer season to run deer off of it, Is that trespassing?

If no, I want to know why I can not run onto peoples land screaming and raising hell trying to run deer off it into my direction. Once the deer gets to my property, I would then shoot it.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 25, 2015

To answer your question, it depends upon whether the owner of the dog actually intended that the dog enter your property.

Shoot the dog, and you may get into more trouble than it's worth.

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