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Q: Does Missouri have a law for harming dogs in Missouri

My neighbor put glass along fence majorly hurting my dog

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 13, 2020

Animal cruelty/neglect. Call animal control.

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Q: How many dogs are you allowed to have in missouri. We are outside of town.
Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Apr 24, 2020

This is going to vary by city or county. As far as I know, there is no limit on the number of dogs you can own under state law. This is usually covered by local laws. However, you run the risk of being considered a breeding facility if you own enough dogs that are intact and having litters. That... Read more »

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Q: my dogs get lose, one is aggressive but has not bit anyone. They call it attacking. I have 2 tickets . Do I need a lawye

My dog has not physically bit anyone . My ticket say my dog has attacked people . Idk the laws about this. My dog is a good dog she has never Ben aggressive to us an I have 5 kids smallest 2 . She has broke a chain an slipped callers an the children have Ben known to let them out. I have tried to... Read more »

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Mar 18, 2020

A dog may not be aggressive to people in its own home. A loose dog will act unpredictably. A dog does not have to bite someone to be considered an attack. More than likely, you'll want an attorney that practices in your county/city to help you understand local laws and your options.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Products Liability, Agricultural Law and Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on
Q: I sold a pup to an individual in FL it shipped to them after it arrived it got sick and passed. Whats my liability?

I have a 10 day no death guarantee. He received the pup on 11/25 he took to the vet 11/30 puppy passed 12/11

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Dec 22, 2019

Sounds like it would depend on when the dog died.

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Q: My question is about abandonment of a dog in my care how long before I can take ownership

I have had this dog since the 5th of this month with no response from the owner since about the tenth

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Nov 14, 2019

You would be wise to review the property laws in your state and/or to visit with an attorney. Do not risk being charged with theft of property for failure to turn it back over to the original owner.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on
Q: My dog just died from eating berries off a lantana plant in the backyard of the home I've been renting since June. Sue?

My landlord never advised that plants on property were toxic to dogs. I accumulated about $2,500 in vet bills trying to save my dog to no avail. Can I ask my landlord to reimburse?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Nov 7, 2019

I am sorry that your dog got poisoned, but I'm not aware of any Missouri case on point. My gut feeling is that a landlord is not under a duty to advise a tenant of plants that are toxic to animals. Here is a link to an old Missouri Court of Appeals case, Grimmeissen v. Walgreen Drug Stores,... Read more »

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Q: If I sign a contract for a show dog, how much right does the seller have over the dog after the sale?
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Sep 4, 2019

Unless the contract states otherwise, most likely none.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Can an officer give you a ticket 2 weeks after the fact when he didn't address the issue the day of?

2 weeks ago my aunt called me and told me that the cop was at her house saying my dog and some other dog were wondering town and apparently bit another dog. I told my aunt there is no way it was my dog. I then asked to talk to the officer and he told me that someone needed to come get my dog... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Jul 5, 2019

Yes.

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Q: Gifted dog to gf as she wanted it for Christmas. We now have parted ways. Am I financially responsible for this dog?

The girlfriend wanted a dog for Christmas. We are no longer dating. She is expecting me to pay for half of all costs associated with the dog. Am I legally responsible for this dog?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Apr 14, 2019

The dog is considered her personal property.

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Q: I live outside of city limits where no leash laws apply to dogs My dog was ran over and killed can I sue driver.

My dogs were outside playing, I live out of city limits on a large farm. I breed highly expensive dogs and I have my own kennel business. My 4 month old puppy was in the ditch playing when a speeding car came through and ran her over without stopping. I live on a 1 mile straight stretch so she had... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Mar 14, 2019

First, I'm sorry to hear that about your puppy's fate. As to your legal situation, I don't know what you mean by stating that the driver is "trying" to sue you. Either a case has been filed (if so, you must defend it) or there has been no lawsuit. Check Casenet. If... Read more »

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Q: City I just moved to...and signed a year lease....has a pit bull law bannng them...I have a mixed breed and

A registered esa animal..they gave me 7 days to get rid of him. How can I avoid getting rid of my dog? Wellsville mo

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Mar 14, 2019

Here's what the ADA website, https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html, states:

Q3. Are emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals considered service animals under the ADA?

A. No. These terms are used to describe animals that provide comfort just by...
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Q: There is a dog in an abandoned house. Can I bring it food and water until animal control gets a warrant?
Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Dec 17, 2018

While this answer is a bit late, I still wanted to respond so if anyone else has a similar question they can find an answer.

Your best bet is to call an animal welfare group or animal control before entering property that is not yours, even if you believe it to be abandoned. You could be...
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Q: We found a stray dog that was skin and bones. Posted it online, etc. Took to vet had scanned and all. It's been 2 weeks.

Got him fixed and chipped. Now a person claims he is hers. We live in small town and she never posted a thing til now. Do we have to return?

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Nov 6, 2018

This is not really addressed well in the law and there is not a definitive answer for you. However, please consider that not everyone actively uses social media, the dog may have been stolen and released, or the person may have looked for the dog and given up hope. I have met numerous people who... Read more »

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Q: My kids found a dog that has had no food or water in days he's all skin and bones and he has sores all over him

We tried to make contact with the owner but there is never anyone there night or day are we allowed to legally take him

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Oct 31, 2018

This is a late response, but the answer is that only police or animal control can take the dog. They are granted authority by the city, county, or state to do so. You should report severely malnourished or emaciated pets any time you see them.

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Q: Can my neighbor trap and poison my cat?
Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Oct 31, 2018

This would be considered abuse by almost any city ordinance more than likely and it probably violates a state statute, as well. If it happens or you see the trap out with poison, contact local police or animal control to make a report.

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Q: Hi, me and my boyfriend have had a dog for a year now and are being forced to rehome her in a few days. It that legal?

Our dog has done property damage to,our apartment which we agreed to pay for. She's not a viscouis dog at all. She's loving, sweet, and great with kids. We dont want,to give her up.

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Sep 25, 2018

This is going to be dependent on what is in your lease. You will need to talk with a local attorney who does landlord and tenant disputes.

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Q: Friend gave me a pup from her dogs litter and now wants him back and is claiming I Stole the pup. What do I do?

My friends dog wouldn't nurse the pups so I got permission to take the pup as long as I bottle fed him. She is neglecting the other pups and said I have to give the pup back if I dont feed the others too. I said it wasnt my responsibility to feed the other pups and now she claims I stole my... Read more »

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Sep 21, 2018

If you feel there is abuse or neglect, please call animal control to investigate. For the remainder of your question, that is going to be very fact specific based on what you and your friend have said to each other and what agreement you had. You would need to schedule a consultation with an... Read more »

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Q: Getting fined for someone else’s dog

I just receny got fined for a dog that wasn’t mine. How is this possible? Someone had seen a dog running loose and the dog had barked at them so they called the cops and told them it was my dog. Note I had been home most of the day with my dog inside with me. The officer cited me and did no... Read more »

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on May 25, 2018

Normally, I would suggest hiring an attorney, but the costs of paying a ticket for a dog at large (meaning loose dog) is minimal compared to hiring an attorney. The best thing to do is to ask for a hearing. Appear in court on the day it's scheduled and ask for hearing or trial. The city has to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on
Q: Will my homeowner's insurance cover a person who got bitten by my dog?
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Apr 14, 2018

There is a good chance that the answer is yes. Submit a claim to your insurer.

MO Rev Stat § 273.036.

Owner liable, when--fine, amount.

273.036. 1. The owner or possessor of any dog that bites, without provocation, any person while such person is on public property, or...
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Q: What can we do to get our cat back?

My husband asked a friend to keep his cat from him when he moved to a place that couldn't have cats he is now in prison and wants me to take care of his cat since it is mine as well and I can now have a cat where I am. He is not wanting to give us back our cat because he gave her to his... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Apr 13, 2018

You could file a replevin action.

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