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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for South Carolina on
Q: A person i was staying with has stolen 9 of my exotic birds. police wont help say it is civil. civil court is back loged

she is deliberating hidding them, i am afraid i will never see them again. please help

Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis answered on Oct 11, 2020

How did the woman come to obtain the birds?

Without knowing this, specifically whether you entrusted her with the birds and she refused to return them, whether she broke in to somewhere and took them without your permission or knowledge, etc., it’s impossible to examine whether there is a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for South Carolina on
Q: I'm a South Carolina dog groomer, I have a parrot whose owner not came back to pick up for 1 yr

Have not heard anything! Laws on abandoning

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Oct 5, 2020

Here is the process for selling the animal and getting to assert a lien against the sales proceeds for all costs that you have:

SECTION 29-15-60. Animal boarding facilities; liens upon animals for boarding expenses.

The owner of an animal boarding facility, at the end of an agreed...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for South Carolina on
Q: Whenever my ex and i broke up, he let me keep our dog on the weekends and sometimes during the week

Then out of no where he took the dog from me and refused to let me see him or get him for two years. He went to jail for about two months recently but contacted me before hand and asked me if i could keep our dog while he was in there. Now that hes out, hes wanting to come get the dog. If i dont... Read more »

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Apr 7, 2020

He would have to file a claim and delivery action in Magistrate Court to force you to return the dog. If you both have an ownership interest in the dog you have just as much right to keep the dog as he does. If on the other hand he can prove that he is the sole owner of the dog then the court would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for South Carolina on
Q: we are allowing ebikes in our community which is about 6 sq miles and has about 2500 residents.

sc rules state that ebikes can go on paths, but our paths are for residents getting exercise who are generally 60+, children on bikes, residents with pets, casual bicylers, etc . we want to restrict bikes to the street and not the paths. can you help?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 22, 2020

You might not even need a lawyer. You could contact your local officials in the city council or town board and discuss your concerns with them. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for South Carolina on
Q: My 2 1/2 year old German Shepard Service Dog has been stolen from my property. Is this punishable by law? I know who did
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Oct 14, 2019

Absolutely. You will need to contact your local law enforcement agency and file a report so that they can start an investigation. You can also file a civil matter in Magistrates court to get your dog back from the person.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for South Carolina on
Q: Is there a statute of limitations for animal cruelty in South Carolina?

I took my neighbors dog from her 9 months ago because the dog was emaciated and had heat spots, the dog was kept in a burn barrel. Need to know if I can still call police and report her. Have pictures and all

Carole Jean Hayes
Carole Jean Hayes answered on Mar 13, 2019

Absolutely call the police and the humane society. There is no statute of limitations on doing either.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for South Carolina on
Q: Am I liable if a Unleashed dog runs into the street and runs into my car
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 22, 2016

Generally no. They may be responsible for your property damage. Note also that a dogs "value" in most states is minimal.

However if they are making a claim you have an obligation to notify your insurance. Do not discuss on social media.Talk less, listen more if dealing with them.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for South Carolina on
Q: If my dogs attack another dog on street. Can owner sue me?
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Mar 3, 2016

They can always sue you, but unless you did something negligent they are not going to win.

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