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

Although he was a gift we always said he was our dog. I was always mom and he was always dad. We both took care of him but now after the break up he doesn't let me see him. He always stayed with him as my house was in renovations. So his main living arrangement was at his house. But i would... Read more »

William N. Sosis
William N. Sosis answered on Jun 15, 2017

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: MY NEABORS DOG RUNS AROUD THE FENCE AND TRYS TO ATTACK MY WIFE AND DAUTER MY DAUTER IS TRAUMTISED BY THE SITUATION

THE DOG OWNER CALLS THE DOG BACK TO HIS YARD AND TELLS IT GOOD GIRL.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jun 11, 2017

Unfortunately you need an injury/damages to have a PI case but maybe one for harassment.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
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?
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on May 20, 2017

Maybe only a judge can determine that, but here is a question for you. What if the person states he gave you the dog?

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

The dog and I are very close and he is happy. She gave him up to me because she had no more room in her kennels and wanted him to have a better life. She has the paperwork, but for the past year he has lived with me and I have taken care of him. Including vet visits.

William N. Sosis
William N. Sosis answered on Mar 26, 2017

You have some rights here based on your description of the facts. Feel free to contact me for a free phone consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for New Jersey on
Q: My now ex spouse put down our dog without my permission. Is this illegal?

She did this while the divorce was in progress. I couldn't take the dog at the time because of my living situation, I would have liked to have the dog now that I could have.

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Mar 26, 2017

She would not need your permission. If the dog was that ill, there was probably no alternative.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Estate Planning and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
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

I got the note before the new owners arrived and there are many others like me. They say they need to be gone soon even though we have medical reasons to have them. Is that legal for them to do? How can we move in time with a animal? It seems messed up

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 16, 2016

Contact the humane society. Many states give some protection. Check also with a tenants rights attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: I'm just a tenant who shares the premises with two other tenants one of my tenants has 2 dogs

We have access to the backyard I'm the superintendent who cleans it she knows we just cleaned it and she allowed her to dogs to go back there and poop and she doesn't even bother to pick it up what is our rights she's not even supposed to have dogs here the lease says no dogs which... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jun 21, 2016

Contact a landlord-tenant on how to proceed, but it is the landlord, not you who should be pursing this.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: My dog and a neighbors dog had a fight. Both dogs were off leash,m and both we're off property. Thet want me to pay vet?

My dog slipped out the door when I was bring in groceries. The other dog had been walking with its owner but not on a leash. The dogs were originally playing until the girl intervened and then it turned into a fight. My dog is not aggressive and is exposed to other dogs regularly since I work at... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jun 13, 2016

Sounds like you should see a lawyer this is not a simple question that can be answered over the internet such as should I get a will. However, if your dog did bite the girl and they can prove it you will owe a lot more money than a vet bill.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Can I stop my ex who I still live with right now from bringing a dog into this house?

My ex knows I do not want a dog. The day after our divorce was final he bought one and will be bringing it home next week. I will be living here for the next six months and pay half of the bills in the house including the mortgage. Can I stop him from bringing this dog home. He also works nights... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Apr 25, 2016

Since you are both equal owners of the house, there is probably no way to prevent it. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: A woman trapped my dog in her garage for about nine hours and finally released the dog when the police were called.

She is going to claim that she didn't know the dog was there, but she was uncooperative about opening the garage until law enforcement was called. What can be done?

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Mar 30, 2016

You need to consult with an attorney who specializes in animal law. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: If I give my dog up for adoption and she hurts someone who is liable?
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Feb 7, 2016

There is no definitive answer to your question without knowing more facts, such as the dog's history of violence or lack thereof.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: What shall I do if summoned for court appearance, due to my dog not being updated on his vaccinations.

He bit me, his owner but is now deceased. The ER reported it to the Town Clerk.

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Dec 11, 2015

If you receive a Summons to go to Court you must go. Everything else you mentioned is irrelevant. You will need to retain an attorney and contact your home owners insurance company to report this. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: My little dog was attacked and killed by another dog with an attack history going back to 2013.Can I have it put down?

I was told that because the animal wasn't declared "potentially dangerous" then I am unable to get dog put down. Can I have previous hearings re-opened, the dog retroactively declared "potentially dangerous" so that I may seek euthanasia.

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Nov 14, 2015

I seriously doubt it. However, you should consult with an attorney who specializes in animal law. I'm sorry to hear about the lose of your dog. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can a dog's original owner try to reclaim a dog I adopted legally from a shelter?

I adopted a dog from a NJ animal shelter in 2012. The dog had been picked up by the shelter as a stray. I recently ran into someone claiming to be the dog's original owner. He said the dog had been left unattended and off leash and was stolen from his property 3 years ago. The dog must... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Oct 20, 2015

Unless the former owner actually retains an attorney and files a complaint against you and/or the shelter, I don't think you willhave anything to worry about. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: Whats a demand letter? Will I be able to get my dog back? Thats all I want to know if I go to court what grounds I have
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Oct 4, 2015

There is an insufficient factual basis to answer your questions and address your concerns. To properly answer your questions and address your concerns, the best way to handle this is with an in person consultation with an experienced attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can I sue someone who fraudulently sold me a sick dog while pretending to be a non profit?

I adopted a dog from NJ from a supposed 501 c 3 non profit shelter. I immediately noticed that the dog had medical issues that was not disclosed to me at the time of adoption once the dog was brought home nor did I receive proper medical records to show what any treating veterinarians discovered... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Sep 23, 2015

You should be able to sue. You need to retain an experienced attorney who handles these type of cases. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: My husband gave away a puppy that I brought without my permission.

I brought a puppy from someone my husband was working for. We sign a paper stating the date amount. A month ago my husband said he was going to take him for a walk and I never saw my puppy again. When my husband realized that I was devastated by what he had done he asked them to returned the puppy.... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Sep 21, 2015

Since there was a valid sale, there is nothing that you can do. I'm sorry that I cannot give you better news. Good luck.

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