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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: The state picked up charges i filed against someone. I am being called as a witness. Do i nees a lawyer?

This is a dangerous animal case. My neighbors dog charged under a fence and attacked my dog Can they legally bring the dangerous animal near me/my home? This happens so often that i missed the first court date because i was afraid leave my home to check the mail. What is considered witness... Read more »

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan answered on May 11, 2022

In most instances victims of crime or witnesses who report crimes do not need an attorney. As a victim, assuming that’s the situation, you have an attorney already through the government, whether it’s a city prosecutor, an assistant district attorney, or a Assistant US attorney. But, It... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Divorce for Oklahoma on
Q: What if my spouse refuses to return my dog during separation period before divorce?

Wife has refused ownership of the dog several times due to quality of life at apartment. I’ve offered to pay for everything. He has lived with me for the entire separation period. He was my bestfriend while I was in the army. Now she is only keeping him from me to hurt me. But she has him listed... Read more »

Anna L Self
Anna L Self answered on May 11, 2022

You don't say how the dog is listed in the divorce decree. If the decree says she gets the dog and it has not been signed by the Judge - don't sign the decree. If the decree says she gets the dog and the Judge has signed the decree then the decree is enforceable. Dogs are considered... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How late can I stay out behind an alley of to my house to watch a bird
Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Oct 18, 2021

Are there curfews in place? Are there restrictions to the alley? Are there also other residences nearby? - bird watching could easily be construed as peeping and therefore not legal. You need to be more specific and if you have been cited or detained for this then contact a criminal law attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I shot a bird out of a window in Oklahoma and got called in and pulled over

What is the punishment

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 20, 2021

You should contact a criminal attorney. There are things you will need to clarify .... out of a window (car, truck, house, etc...) if a vehicle (moving or stationary) ... what kind of bird (protected or not protected) - etc.... Your question is not specific enough for this type of forum and you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: outside city limits. neighbors dogs get in my trash and approach me and bark at me in my yard. what are my rights?

They have 3 mostly pit dogs, one great dane, and two smaller dogs. all unleashed and unfenced. They also go into my garage and take things.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 14, 2021

As a land owner you have the right to defend yourself on your property, however, the first thing to do is call the Sheriffs office in your county and have them come out. They may be able to speak with the dogs owner and resolve the situation without any harm to you, the dogs, or the neighbor... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I went to jail and my emotional support animal was lost and ended up at the pound and adopted out.How do I get him back?

The animal shelter was in Ardmore, Oklahoma

Anna L Self
Anna L Self answered on Jul 13, 2021

If he was adopted out I don't think you can get him back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What can I legally do when some fails to keep their end of an agreement to stud contract?

We had an agreement and I have retained screenshots of the agreement made threw text and the person had 3 puppies total. Agreement was I get a puppy or the price for what the puppy sells for. She refuses to give me a puppy and has sold 2 already and refuses to give me the money

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

You can potentially sue her for breaching that agreement. It won't be cut and dry because it doesn't sound like there's a signed contract, but there are some potential theories of recovery available to you under what you've described.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How many dogs you are legally allowed to own in the state of Oklahoma?

My neighbor has 7 dogs and she leaves them outside chained to very thin home made dog houses with no bedding/straw/ etc. These are short chains they often get tangled in. I rarely see food and water for these dogs. I called the local sheriff and was told they can not help the shelter situation, (we... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Feb 4, 2021

Most of these laws are covered under city municipal codes and not under state law (your local sheriff is enforcing state law not city codes). The state statute that would be closest to your situation is 21 OS §1685 which states "... deprive any such animal of necessary food, drink, shelter,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My dog was left at dog resort the resort lost him and he was hit by car. The insurance is offering half bills?

The pet resort lost my dog and as a result my dog was hit by a car. This required an ER visit and surgery in order to save his life. The medical visits are not done yet but will probably be about 9000. The pet resorts insurance is only offering me 5500, leaving me to pay the rest of the medical... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Nov 23, 2020

You will likely need to speak to a local animal attorney to write what’s called a demand letter to ask the boarding facility to reimburse you for all the bills. You will need to gather all your bills and have them sent to the insurance company for them to reimburse you for everything. They are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can the police make you give your dog back to your ex-girlfriend because she claims you stole it
Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Jul 29, 2020

A dog is still considered personal property. A sales receipt or registration with your name on it would go a long was to you being able to show an officer you have possessory interest.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Oklahoma on
Q: In Oklahoma local police took a friend's dog said he had pay fees and unrelated traffic tickets before returning dog
Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Apr 22, 2020

Normally, law enforcement can take possession of a dog if hasn't been inoculated, spayed, or neutered, or if it is "at large", has bitten someone, or is deemed dangerous, and yes, at least under Tulsa Municipal Ordinances (Title 2, Section 109), there are reclaiming and impoundment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My neighbor said he would kill my 2 dogs for barking ,when I put them outside
Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on Oct 29, 2019

That could be cruelty to animals. On the flip side you may be disturbing the peace. Find a way to quiet the dogs and avoid conflicts.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: An animal sanctuary refuses to allow me to visit and verify that one of the dogs at their facility belongs to me. I

I have been unable to find legal representation. The police dept will not file a report unless I have verified my dog’s identity in person. I have 10 years of vet records. Please help.

Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on Oct 29, 2019

You may be able to file a "replevin" action in small claims. This demands return of a thing or animal.

You should be able to handle yourself without an attorney. The trick is to name the legal name of the entity and show up with records and witnesses at the hearing.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Oklahoma on
Q: Does the animal cruelty laws in state of oklahoma also applies from dr associated or veternary visit at a local petco?

A family member of mine's service in training dog was abused in choke position while the 1 year old puppy was screaming and crying while customers were staring at the vet dr at local petco. Plus the female doctor was also hitting him on the head and nose because of improper medical training... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 20, 2019

The answer to your question depends on the definition of "animal cruelty" under Oklahoma statutory law. If you are still interested in learning whether the vet's treatment is covered, hire a lawyer who specializes in animal law in Oklahoma.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: The pitbull next door charges the fence when I go outside. It is unprovoked. Can I sue the home owner for mental anguish

The fence is short and I am scared everytime that he will jump it.

Doak Willis
Doak Willis answered on Apr 10, 2019

No. Your facts as stated do not rise to a tort.

1 Answer | Asked in Agricultural Law and Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Who is responsible if you hit a cow on a oklahoma highway
Kyle Persaud
Kyle Persaud answered on Apr 9, 2019

It depends on the precise facts of the situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can an ex keep a dog that was given as a gift? It's the ex's name but was a gift.
Kyle Persaud
Kyle Persaud answered on Mar 12, 2019

Were you ever married to the ex?

If you were married to the ex, then it depends on whether the dog was separate property or marital property. If the dog was separate property, then, the ex may keep the dog. If the dog was marital property, then you have a claim to the dog.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Who is responsible the owner of the dog that is not home but the dog gets out or the person who answers the door
Kyle Persaud
Kyle Persaud answered on Mar 11, 2019

If the dog caused any damage, I think both the owner, and the door answerer, can be held responsible.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I have a dog that me and an ex boyfriend got he currently has her, and won't give her back or let me see her.

He gave me money to adopt the dog my ID is on file for the dog, i just want to be able to share custody.

Doak Willis
Doak Willis answered on Dec 30, 2018

There are no custody rights to dogs. Either you own the dog or your ex boyfriend does. You state he gave you the money to adopt the dog. Was the money a gift? If so and the paperwork as you claim has your name on it, the dog is yours and you can get it back through a small claims action. If he... Read more »

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