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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: can my landlord enter my apartment when i am not home to check a claim that i have a dog, if i do not want them entering

they say they do not need my permission to enter my home, i asked if they would wait until i was present to enter the home and they said if i didn’t answer the door they would be allowed to enter anyway.

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Feb 23, 2022

All lease have a provision for quiet enjoyment which means that a landlord cannot enter an apartment without the tenant's permission unless there is an emergency which must be addressed immediately such as a gas or water leak or the smell of smoke.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: 5 month old neglected puppy covered in open sores. Owner wants her back after 5 months..

Acquaintance from my work got a 6mnth old pitbull puppy and didn't tell the landlord. He found out after the dog chewed the carpet and made her get rid of the dog. When we took the dog it had open wounds all over its body and was missing half her fur. After medications and medicated baths and... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
answered on Feb 17, 2022

She gave you the dog, you accepted the dog, it’s yours. Tell her to go pound sand.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: The neighbors dog comes over to my horse farm and terrorizes all my animals including fighting with my dogs.

Neighbors refuse to keep dog in their property

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Jan 18, 2022

Contact the animal control officer and file a complaint.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: My sister surrendered my dogs while I was hospitalized and incapacitated She had PoA. How can I get them back

I was suffering from mild mental health issues and also had several strokes. She had poa while I was incapacitated but I'm now doing much better and am in therapy

Barbara Ungar Esq.
Barbara Ungar Esq.
answered on Mar 4, 2021

The power of attorney needs to specify that she may act on your behalf if you have a mental health issue. She has no authority under the power of attorney to permanently surrender your dogs. If the mental health crisis is over and your therapist with whom you are treating does not feel that you are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: I purchased a dog via the internet and out of state, but they never delivered the dog. Can I sue?

I paid for the dog the agreed upon price for the dog and shipping. Then, the transportation company said I had to purchase Pet Insurance for nearly $1000. I contacted the seller and he said this was normal and apologized for not mentioning it earlier. I paid that. Then, the transportation company... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Jan 28, 2021

I am sorry about your ordeal, but realistically trying to retain counsel and filing a lawsuit, is not going to be cost effective.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: Our neighbor's dog comes on our property daily, off leash, and poops in our yard.

We have asked them multiple times to keep the dog in their yard, but they have not done anything. They let him out in the yard with no supervision, and he uses our yard as his toilet. Do we have any recourse?

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Nov 28, 2020

Call animal control for Dog off leash or Failure to control.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: can your dog be seized for simply barking or lunging at someone if nobody got hurt?
Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Nov 27, 2020

Probably not. You will need to check your state statutes for whether or not lunging is a criminal offense. It is here in Colorado.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: We've been watching a friend's dog for 8 and half months. Can we legally keep him if he wants him back?

It took him 3 or 4 months to even ask about the dog. He's neglectful towards the dog. He doesn't like to walk him. And for as long as we've had him giving him back would probably kill the dog.

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jul 15, 2020

Unfortunately, unless this person gave you the dog, he still has ownership rights, even if he is a crappy owner. If you suspect the owner neglects or abuses the dog, you could always call animal control. Otherwise, your only option to keep the dog is to offer to buy the dog from him. If he agrees,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: My neighbors dog gets out at least twice a week. & the owner does nothing to fix his fence nor does he care about hi dog

A month ago his dog was out while my dog’s were in the car with my dad, his dog ended up biting my dad sending him to the hospital to get stitches. We did nothing just asked our neighbor to fix his fence so this does not happen again. His dog has been out at least twice a week since that... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Apr 16, 2020

I would suggest that you talk to a personal injury lawyer you may have a good case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: As a private firm contracting with a municipality is my private firm required to have an affirmative action certificate

The municipality is requiring it but I’m told it’s not required. Where can I find the requirements for a professional contractor working for a municipality?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Dec 30, 2019

You have two choices: Either obey the municipal ordinance that requires you to have an affirmative action certificate or get ready to find another employer--soon.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: My ex and I bought a dog. We broke up. What our my odds of getting the dog? She wants to share the dog I do not.

The dog is on my credit card and I'm the main name on the vet and doggy day care record. I have credit card records showing all of the food and toys I have purchased for him. Also have all of the vet bills and 6 out of 8 are on my credit card. The last 4 months (post breakup) I have made a... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Nov 25, 2019

Do you seriously believe a Court will want to get involved in this matter? I can understand that a dog is almost like a child, but a Judge may not be so tolerant. Perhaps you could give you ex a different dog to try to work this out?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: How do I subpoena dog bite records from another state of my daughter for civil suit?

She was in Pa I’m in NJ.

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Sep 11, 2019

This is not a self-help project! Trying to represent yourself in Court is a bad idea. Not only are you emotionally involved, but you are not a trained attorney. You do not know the Court Rules, Rules of Evidence, case law, nor are you trained how to handle a legal case, especially if litigation is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: Are we legally responsible to pay for our dog attacking a neighbor's cat in our yard?

My son and his wife were staying with us. My son left for the opposite coast and left his dog. My husband walked the dog in our yard and it attacked our neighbor's cat which was in our yard. My husband got the neighbor who took the cat to the vet. She demanded that we get the dog out of the... Read more »

Karra Kingston
Karra Kingston
answered on May 2, 2019

It’s hard to answer without more facts. I would advise speaking with an attorney

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury, Consumer Law and Products Liability for New Jersey on
Q: Q: i purchased a dog from an American Kennel Club dog breeder. She breeds dogs in her home in Pine Brook New Jersey.

I would like to sue her for my Costs.

Plu the Akc for fraud .she is not registered as a breeder for taxes and breeds in a residential area. she gave me fraudulent papers to register with the AKC that do not belong to my dog. My dog was born with horrible genetic health issues . She... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Apr 13, 2019

Unfortunately you failed to ask a question and only made a statement, I suggest resubmitting a question.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: What if the dog bites a hired pet sitter in the sitter’s own home while the dog owner is away?
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Oct 25, 2018

The dog sitter would be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries.

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: i live in nj and bought a puppy from someone in north carolina who advertised her as akc registered, she is not.

i never got a contract but agreed to 4 puppies back. she will not provide me with proof of akc reg. she is also now saying she does not owe half the vet bills relating to delivery. i told her it would have to be 2 puppies this litter 2 puppies next litter. she is threatening court. where would... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Aug 2, 2018

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: My dog was stolen, I know who took him and about where the person lives, my local police say theft of an animal

is a civil matter not a criminal one and there is nothing can do, is that correct?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on May 12, 2018

In general a dog is considered personal property, it is not a person.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
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 ?

What are my rights .

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on May 11, 2018

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: Got summons for court for leash law. My dog broke off leash and bit other dog. Other dog bit me
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Mar 15, 2018

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
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

Neighbors called the cops for him crying as he locked himself in the room while I was at my new apartment unpacking I returned about 6 hours later and he was gone what do I do ? The police said there was feces and pee on the floor and are trying to give me an animal cruelty charge but simply he... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Mar 8, 2018

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.

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