New Jersey Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: What if the dog bites a hired pet sitter in the sitter’s own home while the dog owner is away?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Answered on Oct 25, 2018
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
The dog sitter would be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries.

Q: i live in nj and bought a puppy from someone in north carolina who advertised her as akc registered, she is not.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Aug 2, 2018
Leonard R. Boyer's answer
This is not the type of transaction that you should engage in long distance. If she does chose to sue you, it would be in NC. A signed contract is not essential to this matter. Threatening to sue someone is easy, actually doing it successfully is not.

Q: My dog was stolen, I know who took him and about where the person lives, my local police say theft of an animal

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Answered on May 12, 2018
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
In general a dog is considered personal property, it is not a person.

Q: I found a lost dog and i thought i was being a good Samaritan now the shelter is tryi g to get me i trouble ?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Answered on May 11, 2018
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
A dog like a cell phone when found is generally another persons property so you cannot keep it and must turn it in. If that is your problem and you get charged hire a criminal lawyer.

Q: Got summons for court for leash law. My dog broke off leash and bit other dog. Other dog bit me

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Mar 15, 2018
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
The only fact that is relevant here for the court is whether your dog was on a leash or not. If your looking for a defense you should at least speak with a lawyer.

Q: I left my dog in my old apartment while moving for a few hours he got stuck bedroom and cops came and removed him

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Mar 8, 2018
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
More information is needed, but you need to hire a lawyer generally this charge comes with up to 180 days in jail, $1000 fine and probation and community service. Most of us criminal lawyers offer a free in office consultation, I suggest you set one up ASAP.

Q: What's the legal cause I can take a cat away from someone not capable of caring for him?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Elder Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Feb 18, 2018
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
You can contact the local SPCA office, but it also may get her in trouble and animals are great for people recovering from medical problems.

Q: My cousin lives in NJ and was biten by a dog. The dog also attached two children who were getting on the school bus.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Answered on Jan 29, 2018
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
First she needs to call the police and have that dog listed a viscous dog, as for who she can sue I suggest that she contacts a personal injury lawyer.

Q: Can an adoption agency really come on my property anytime to inspect conditions of an adopted animal per contract?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for New Jersey on
Answered on Dec 20, 2017
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
Maybe and probably yes, if you give them the right to do it, but a lawyer would need to read the contract to tell you what your rights and liabilities would be under the agreement.

Q: tenant got arrested &restraining order put on him . He left behind animals can I have the humane society come get them?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Answered on Dec 4, 2017
Marcel Wurms' answer
Yes, you should call them or a shelter immediately. If your town has an animal control officer, you can contact them. The police department could also possibly help you.

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Q: Can a veterinarian make you apply for a credit card before working out a payment plan if you refuse the card app?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims, Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Nov 30, 2017
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
The fact is by law the vet does not need to offer you a payment plan and can demand payment at or before services are rendered, thus anything that allows you payment after service is as a courtesy.

Q: Was it legal of my landlord to give me less than a week to get rid of my dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Answered on Aug 25, 2017
Marcel Wurms' answer
Landlords may not evict a tenant who houses a qualified service dogs.

You can disregard the letter. If he does take you to court, bring your medical diagnosis and the dog's certification.

Q: Is there anyway to get my dog back from my ex-neighbor who legally took my dog during a move? We've had him for 3+ yrs.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Aug 11, 2017
Michael A. Conte's answer
I would try first asking him for the dog. If that doesn't work, bring your papers to the police and tell them what happened. They may assist you retrieve your dog and/or at least investigate further.

Q: i got my now ex-fiance a dog for his bday. On the dog's adoption, it has my name. Do i have any rights to see him?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Jun 15, 2017
William N. Sosis' answer
You really need to think hard about how much you want to see the dog. Since you were never married, the dog is not marital property and therefore not something you should pursue. Realize that you have no "rights" to the dog (even if s/he has your name). And, if it's not too objectionable, you might want to try reconcilling with him. He may just change his mind. Otherwise, try buying your own dog.

Q: MY NEABORS DOG RUNS AROUD THE FENCE AND TRYS TO ATTACK MY WIFE AND DAUTER MY DAUTER IS TRAUMTISED BY THE SITUATION

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Answered on Jun 11, 2017
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
Unfortunately you need an injury/damages to have a PI case but maybe one for harassment.

Q: If I care of someone's dog for a set period and they won't comeback for him, is that animal cruelty and can call police?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Answered on May 20, 2017
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
Maybe only a judge can determine that, but here is a question for you. What if the person states he gave you the dog?

Q: A breeder gave me her dog over a year ago to keep. Now she is saying she wants it back. I'm not willing to do that.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Mar 26, 2017
William N. Sosis' answer
You have some rights here based on your description of the facts. Feel free to contact me for a free phone consultation.

Q: My now ex spouse put down our dog without my permission. Is this illegal?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for New Jersey on
Answered on Mar 26, 2017
Leonard R. Boyer's answer
She would not need your permission. If the dog was that ill, there was probably no alternative.

Q: Had a medical note for dog.Someone new bought the complex I live in and say I cant have him even with note is that legal

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Estate Planning and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Answered on Aug 16, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
Contact the humane society. Many states give some protection. Check also with a tenants rights attorney.

Q: I'm just a tenant who shares the premises with two other tenants one of my tenants has 2 dogs

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Answered on Jun 21, 2016
Leonard R. Boyer's answer
Contact a landlord-tenant on how to proceed, but it is the landlord, not you who should be pursing this.

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