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Q: My girlfriend bought a dog with her check... I paY for shots..tk 2 vet The dog has my last name. I do all. Who owns?

Oh I do all walks,,feed...dog loves me.. Now she threatens to leave to California take the dog.. Who owns the dog? My last name, all vet all care but sge bought it

Neville Bedford answered on Aug 1, 2019

Pets are considered property. Even though the dog has your last name, she is most likely the owner. However, having contributed to the dog's care, you may have a right to reimbursement unless it is construed to be a gift. If you had written an agreement regarding these payments, that would be most... Read more »

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Q: What are my rights as a dog owner against false complaints?

When I let my dog out at night 10:30-midnight and he barks my neighbors complain (two of them - who have "ganged" up on me). (One neighbor says he wakes up her son and he can't go back to sleep.) My dog may only bark for a few seconds before I bring him in. (I stand in the doorway to watch him do... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on May 22, 2019

If upon affirmation in writing, signed by a resident of this town, and after investigation by the animal control officer or a police officer, that officer has cause to believe that an animal, whether licensed or not, is a habitual nuisance by reason of trespassing, howling, barking or making other... Read more »

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Q: Any laws about dogs barking non-stop when owners aren't home but leave windows open so very loud for hours at a time

Neville Bedford answered on May 22, 2019

Check your local municipal code for your specific town. The ordinance are generally available online.

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Q: I took in my friends dog because she got evicted, ive had him for a year and she wants him back, what right do I have.

Neville Bedford answered on May 27, 2018

Of course, your rights will be well defined if you made a written agreement concerning who would pay for the costs. . .

If you cannot resolve it between the two of you, you may have to go to small claims court to resolve the matter.

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Q: Are you still legally able to have a pet if you are charged with animal abuse?

I'm asking for a project for school.

Jeremy Cohen answered on Feb 5, 2018

Hello,

Laws vary from state to state. For the state of Rhode Island, it may be helpful to read through R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 4-1-22(b), 4-1-40:

§ 4-1-40. Possession of animals

(a) In addition to any other penalty imposed by law, a person convicted of, or who entered a plea of...
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Q: If my friend gives me their dog and they live in MA and I live in RI must the dog still be quarantined for 5 days?

What would that process entail?

Neville Bedford answered on Nov 28, 2017

Check with your local town ordinances See Regulations at: http://www.dem.ri.gov/pubs/regs/regs/agric/animimp15.pdf

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Q: I live in Warwick RI and the Law allows us to have up to 3 dogs in our home what can I do if I wanted another dog,,?

Is there a permit of some sort that I can apply for?

Neville Bedford answered on Nov 28, 2017

I would first talk to your landlord as this is an important part of your lease. Then check the municipal codes for your town. https://library.municode.com/ri/warwick

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Q: My neighbors who live on the same premises keep feeding my animals without my permission. How can I make them stop?

My neighbors live in an apartment attached to my house on a farm and they repeatedly have fed and have gone as far as going into my house to feed my pets without my permission. I have asked them to stop as my animals are on restricted diets and in good health. They are good people but have... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Sep 6, 2017

Lock your doors and don't leave the food accessible. Write them a letter informing them that they are not to come onto your property or feed your animals. If they persist, contact the local authorities for a no trespass order.

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Q: Are people required to pick up their dog's poop when walking through neighborhoods?

Neville Bedford answered on Aug 4, 2017

http://www.health.ri.gov/healthrisks/petwaste/

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Q: Is it legal in Pawtucket to own a pitbull?

I'm getting conflicting information. I'm a landlord and a potential tenant moving from MA has a Pitbull.

Neville Bedford answered on Jul 2, 2017

Here are the regulations: from http://ecode360.com/8129136#8129255

§ 116-37.1 Pit bulls prohibited.

[Added 12-11-2003 by Ch. No. 2708]

A.

It shall be unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell within...
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Q: Can they impound my dog if it wounded another dog. Yet the owner of the wounded dog does not wish to press charges ?

Neville Bedford answered on Jun 27, 2017

Yes, the city may take action under their ordinance. Seek professional assistance in defending this as it is a specialized practice to defend animals under the statutes and ordinances.

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Q: Can a dog be buried with owner if cremated in Rhode Island and or catholic cemetery.

Neville Bedford answered on May 3, 2017

Talk to your priest and funeral director.

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Q: Can someone surrender someone's dog without permission from the owner? Once dog is adopted, what rights does owner have?

Was lied to for 2 weeks that dog was still in a family members care as I recovered from surgery. Just found out yesterday she was surrendered without my permission or knowledge AND adopted a week ago. I have all of her records. What do I do now?

Neville Bedford answered on May 3, 2017

Follow the trail ... call the police.

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Q: Tenants randomly sent service dog certificate & going to get a dog No pet lease. 4mo here w/o it? Not disabled they work

Tenanancy has been terminated for 4/2017. Sent in Feb. also didn't pay rent. Many police reports for domestic disturbances. My other tenants are very angry! Now says needs her dog that she's had. My paying tenants will leave of her boxer shows up tomorrow. I've started eviction. What can I do about... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Mar 21, 2017

In the 9 days remaining in the month, you might contact the animal control officer while you are awaiting their departure. see https://www.animallaw.info/article/faqs-emotional-support-animals

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Q: Can anyone give pet massages? Perhaps if they are advertised for relaxation purposes and not for medical purposes?

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 8, 2017

Call the RI Licensing authority, they should be able to inform you of the necessary requirements, if any, to practice as a pet masseuse. http://www.health.ri.gov/regulations/?parm=Licensing

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Q: Ex brings son to school without service dog. Has lost service dog in the past. Do I have any recourse? Son is epileptic.

Neville Bedford answered on Dec 12, 2016

Consult with your family court attorney to explore potential remedies. This seems like an important medical concern directly related to the best interests of your child.

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Q: Is it illegal to bury your deceased dog/cat on your property?

Neville Bedford answered on May 7, 2016

If you own the property, probably not. However, it would be prudent to check the ordinances for your particular town.

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Q: Can I keep a dog that was given to me to watch for two weeks but two months have gone by and we now love her?

The dog was originally given to someone else stating that they couldn't keep the dog because of landlord situations. Husband went to Massachusetts wife stayed in RI. They couldn't keep the dog so I told them I would be more than happy to take her. The original person brought her to my house... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Mar 16, 2016

Tally your costs for feeding and care of the pet. If the owner is willing to pay you for the return of your dog, you are obliged to give it back. If they agree to transfer ownership to you, get it in writing. If they file a lawsuit for the return of the animal, hire a good attorney to argue that... Read more »

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Q: can you recommend a lawyer, rhode island to help me get my 5 mo old dog back? can we discuss strength of case

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 10, 2016

try contacting the good folks at http://www.thelexusproject.org/

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Q: is there a rhode island law that states that non-service animals are not allowed in any store?

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 1, 2016

There are many ordinances in the various towns regarding animals and many health department regulations regarding the prohibition of animals for health and safety reasons. Service animals are often exempt from these regulations. Here is an example of some in Warwick:... Read more »

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