North Dakota Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: Is there anything I can do to get my money back from the people who sold me a puppy that died within two days?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Answered on Jan 16, 2019
Lucas Wynne's answer
Small claims court may be an option, but it depends on the situation.

Q: Can I see my landlord for not accepting my Emotional Support Animal?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for North Dakota on
Answered on Sep 16, 2018
Stefan Dunkelgrun's answer
you can sue, but that doesn't mean you'll win.

To give a more practical answer, talk to attorneys who specialize in disability and/or landlord/tenant issues. If no one is willing to take your case on contingency, you'll probably lose

Q: So like 5 or 6 months ago i sold a puppy to my ex's cousin and she has never paid for him. I live in ND and she SD...

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Lucas Wynne's answer
I would likely bring the lawsuit in whichever state you sold the puppy.

Q: We surrebdered our sick dog over to the vet. Vet sent dog to adoption agency. How can we get him back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Lucas Wynne's answer
The dog is legally property. You will likely need to bring a lawsuit.

Q: Who has rights to the dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Answered on May 22, 2018
Lucas Wynne's answer
They did not gift the dog to you, they wanted you to take care of the dog. Therefore, the original owner.

Q: An officer took my 12yr old dog from my yard in a private property trailer park. Took to the pound, charged dog at large

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for North Dakota on
Answered on May 22, 2018
Lucas Wynne's answer
You should never write to a judge. You should only argue your case in court, usually with the help of a lawyer.

Q: Someone broke into my home and stole my dog and police won't help me get him back, what do I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for North Dakota on
Answered on Mar 17, 2018
Lucas Wynne's answer
You simply need a lawyer willing to take your case. Before a lawyer will take your case, you should have a retainer ready to pay and know who it was that stole the dog. If you don't know who it was, it's nearly impossible to initiate the proper lawsuit.

Q: What determines true ownership of a dog

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Answered on Feb 26, 2018
Nicholas Nelson's answer
Dogs are treated like other personal property, and as such can be traded, given away, sold, and abandoned. I would need to discuss at length the particular details of your situation to determine to chain of ownership of the dog.

*This is general legal information, and I cannot provide adequate legal advice without first discussing with you all the facts and circumstances of your particular matter.

Q: How long does an animal have to be in my possession before its legally mine.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Answered on Dec 19, 2017
Lucas Wynne's answer
Unfortunately, this is not how property ownership works. A dog is considered property.

Q: How do I gain custody of a dog left in my care from people who are unfit to care for her

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Answered on Dec 19, 2017
Lucas Wynne's answer
There is no such thing as "custody" of a dog because a dog is considered property under the law. If they are not caring for the animal, you should call animal control.

Q: Can you sue someone for their animals being on your property?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Intellectual Property and Land Use & Zoning for North Dakota on
Answered on Dec 12, 2017
Nicholas Nelson's answer
Generally, an owner of a domestic animal has a duty to reasonably control the domestic animal. If a person fails to reasonably control his or her pet, he or she may be liable for resulting damage. This is general legal information and should not be relied upon in your specific case. An attorney must first meet with a potential client to discuss all relevant facts related to a specific matter before being able to render adequate legal advice. I hope this helps!

Q: My dog was attacked by another dog. now my dog needs a $4000 surgery. can I make the other dog owner pay?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Answered on Dec 12, 2017
Nicholas Nelson's answer
Generally, an aggrieved party may sue another for damage that results to themselves or their property by the negligent acts of another. If an animal has a history of violent acts, it may be classified as a "dangerous animal" and be subject to a higher standard of care by its owner than an owner of a domestic animal without any violent history. This is general information, and you should not rely on it in your specific situation. An attorney needs to first meet with a potential client to...

Q: Someone employed by the same company as me just kicked my dog. Is there anything I can do to said person?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Answered on Nov 5, 2017
Lucas Wynne's answer
If they kicked your dog for absolutely no reason, report it to police. If they kicked your dog because your dog was threatening them, let it go. Whether you're allowed to bring your dog to work depends on your work's policies. I know very few workplaces that are welcoming to dogs. Hope that helps!

Q: What if a dog ran away from a grooming salon?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Answered on Aug 25, 2017
Lucas Wynne's answer
I am unsure what your question may be. Is the grooming salon liable? Maybe.

Q: Can apartments make you get rid of a therapy dog that 2 of your dr's think you need and you have a medical papework?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for North Dakota on
Answered on Jul 24, 2017
Lucas Wynne's answer
Believe it or not, I have run into this problem being faced by my clients quite frequently in the past. A letter from a medical doctor or therapist is all that is needed to classify the animal as an assistance animal. Landlords must agree to a reasonable accommodation request if the disability claim is true and if the request does not create a hardship on the landlord or other tenants. The difficulty here is arguing whether a hardship is being created on the landlord or other tenants as the...

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