North Carolina Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: Do I need court record and a written letter?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Aug 9, 2018
Hector E. Quiroga's answer
Regarding the animal cruelty issue: it will depend, first of all, on the statute under which you are charged. Also, you say you pled guilty and that your case was dismissed. If you pled guilty, your case was not likely dismissed, and there were likely charges. You will want to consult with an immigration attorney familiar with criminal law in your area to find out the possible implications in your case.

It is also likely that, because this all happened more than five years ago and is...

Q: In the seperation/settlement agreement,can I include the expense of the dog care I'm providing?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on
Answered on May 14, 2018
Amanda Bowden Houser's answer
What makes you think the Court would award a 50/50 split? As to the agreement - you can set it up virtually anyway you want. The trick is to get her to agree to it and sign it. Of course, if you are doing your own agreement odds are you should be more concerned about properly drafting it instead of trying to accurately calculate the value of dog care.

Q: Told vet to use harness when walking, will slip out of slip leash, she did , gate open, dog killed in road, can I sue

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for North Carolina on
Answered on Mar 26, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
You can only sue for the market value of the dog in most states. If your dog had a sale value of $80, that's all you get.

Q: How do I get my neighbor to stop feeding my dog her leftovers? I've asked, given a letter she still puts in my yard?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Mar 13, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Set down and talk to her. Maybe with someone else --like a vet assistant --so she won't want to look bad by giving you an issue.

Q: Friend got kicked out of the house after coming out as trans; his mother kept his service dog. Can he get it back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Family Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Dec 21, 2016
Amanda Bowden Houser's answer
It likely depends on who owns the dog as to who gets to keep the dog. However, there may be some legal options so he should consult with a local attorney who can go over the situation in more detail and lay out his options.

Q: vicious dog bite.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for North Carolina on
Answered on Aug 11, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
It'll be a question of who had responsibility for the dog at the time. Suggest you contact a member of the NCAssn for Justice such as Doug Abrams in Raleigh--you can use my name; he'll give you a free consult.

Q: My neighbor has disappeared for over a week and he left his dog at home. Can I keep the dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Apr 1, 2016
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Have animal control impound the dog. Then find out what they charge to "adopt" an impounded dog.

Q: I live in NC and recently 2 dogs were found running at large in my town and were picked up by a good Samaritan and taken

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Mar 17, 2016
Mr. Douglas A. Petho's answer
There would have to be a determination that the treatment of the dogs amounts to animal abuse or cruelty, not negligence. the owners could then be charged and the animals removed .I would contact local police department to find out what agency, either animal control, Sheriff's Department etc.would be involved in the investigation.

Q: What are the odds that I can get my dog back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Jan 18, 2016
Melissa Averett's answer
You certainly have a valid claim. It would also help, in addition to the receipts you listed, if you paid county taxes for the dog. Even if you decide to represent yourself, you should consult with an attorney in your county before drafting, filing, and serving the necessary complaint and civil summons. No one can guarantee you will win, or give you odds (that would be an ethical violation), but an experienced civil attorney in your district can tell you if they think its worth the time,...

Q: I have Major depressive disorder and fall under the ADA. I want in support pet in a no pet apartment. where is this law?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Oct 30, 2015
Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Go see a local attorney to get this important question answered. It requires research.

Q: Can I keep a Cat that someone claims as theirs?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Oct 23, 2015
Robert Jason De Groot's answer
The children want the cat, right? It is a stray cat, right? Have you read the local city or county ordinance concerning animal control? Is it worth actually going to see an attorney about this, or will you just let the children have the cat that they want?

Q: Is it illegal for me to keep my dogs from my husband until after divorce proceedings?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Divorce for North Carolina on
Answered on Aug 21, 2015
Melissa Averett's answer
Assuming you acquired the dogs during the marriage, then the dogs are marital property ( I know they are children to you, but the law sees them as property, like your car or your couch). So, you keeping them is not theft, anymore than you keeping whatever furniture you have in your possession that was bought during the marriage. The dogs belong to both of you equally. That said, if he comes and gets them, that is not stealing either, but it might be domestic criminal trespass if you have...

Q: Horse Theft Question

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Aug 11, 2015
Robert Jason De Groot's answer
The horse being stolen was a crime against you which you should have reported to the police back then. It might be too late at this stage to do that, because you knew about it back then and did not report it. People cannot just sit on their rights for years and then expect to be able to do something about it. Go see a local lawyer about this problem, for a full and frank discussion of what, if anything, can be done for you at this stage.

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