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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Tennessee on

Q: My 20/25lb dog was recently attacked by a 83lb Border Collie, I had my dog leashed but the Collie was not leashed.

Border Collie was not up to date on vaccines. I was thrown backwards & being snatched around like a rag doll & I'm having severe spasms in my neck and Spine. What are my rights?

Paul E. Tennison answered on Jul 1, 2019

If you were attacked by the dog, the owner may be liable for your injuries. There are more facts that would need to be determined in this instance. Dogs generally are not seen as inherently dangerous animals. Thus, many jurisdictions follow the one free bite rule. Do you know who owned the border... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on

Q: Where can I report someone illegally killing a snake in Tennessee to (specifically Shelby County)?

Gary Kollin answered on Jun 15, 2019

Call the police. If not handled, I am sure they will direct you

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Q: Can I take legal action to have a dog owner repay me for buying shampoo and flea repellents after they didn't inform me?

Bennett James Wills answered on Jun 13, 2019

Your question lacks a lot of specific information. But a lawsuit is likely going to cost you a whole lot more than shampoo and flea repellents. For example, the filing fee alone in the general sessions court is approx. $150. Then the cost of hiring counsel, if you wanted, and taking however many... Read more »

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Q: My mom is trying to keep my dog after watching her a couple weeks and now won’t give her back, is it legal?

She got my pup spayed and the rest of her shots while I was gone, but now she won’t give her up and says I can’t take care of her. She’s trying to put her up for adoption. Is this legal? Can I get my dog back?

Richard Winblad answered on May 17, 2019

Probably, check into small claims in your state.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on

Q: I put a down payment on a puppy in Monterey Tennessee. The puppy has parvo and breeder won’t return the down payment.

Breeder won’t refund money on sick puppy. I haven’t signed any contracts. She still has the puppy. Can I get my $500 back?

Bennett James Wills answered on Apr 17, 2019

You still potentially have a breach of contract action. You could choose to file a small claim in the general sessions court for the return of your $500.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on

Q: Does a 30 suspended jail sentence stay in your permanent record?

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Apr 15, 2019

You can't make a determination simply on those facts. If it is pre-trial diversion, because the individual didn't have a prior record, then they probably have the capability to apply to have it expunged at the end which would take it off the record. If it was not a pre-trial diversion situation,... Read more »

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Q: Can a dog catcher have me arrested if my dog bit someone in my yard and I don't want to give him my id for a cition?

A officer of city dog pound came to my home because a lady was running in my yard while my dog was on a leash and my dog bit her she said but there was 3 other dogs at large and she said it was my dog, she said she got scared and ran across the street,the officer came to my home about 1 HR or 2... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 10, 2019

The Officer could have taken you to Jail to start with. The Citation is given as a Summons to Court. But if you refuse the Citation, you can be arrested instead. It would have been better to take up your Case in Court, but now you may have several more Animal Charges brought against you. Be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on

Q: My ex gave me our dog when we split. Now she is claiming she will have a warrant issued for theft if I don’t return him.

It was an incredibly toxic relationship and so many domestic situations happened. When we finally split she told me multiple times I had to take the dog or he would go to a shelter. So I took him. Now, because we aren’t getting back together, she is using him against me. He is in her name, she... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 21, 2018

It is very possible, and you might even get convicted. There is no Title to a Dog, but it is probably not worth the trouble and risk to prove ownership in Court. Bond, Attorneys, Court Costs and Restitution could be very expensive. Many Judges and DA's will feel very sorry for her.... Read more »

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Q: Do I have a defense against a dog at large charge?

My dog ran out in the road and caused a bicyclist to wreck. The dog wasn't aggressive, just curious and immediately ran away when the wreck occurred. Do I have any legal defense against this?

Stephen Arnold Black answered on Dec 2, 2018

Call your homeowners insurance company and request that they defend you against any legal action taken against you. Ask them if the policy covers you for losses like this one. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on

Q: What can I do? I don't have much money! I have all email/text correspondence with Sky Cargo Ways.

I purchased a puppy that was coming from Virgina. The seller was sending the puppy through a company named Sky Cargo Ways. The first time this company required money from me for the puppy's transport was for a ventilated carrier to safely transport the puppy. They wanted $650 for this with the... Read more »

Adam Savett answered on Jul 30, 2018

I’m sorry to say, but it looks like the company is a scam.

A number of websites describe the scam. Here are two examples:

https://scamwarners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=36&p=357721

https://petscams.com/pet-delivery-scam/skycargologistics-us/amp/

If you paid by...
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Q: Where can I find the local ordinances or Tennessee laws regarding pet day care centers?

I am considering applying for a management position at a Collierville dog day care center, and would like to know what the applicable laws/local ordinances are regarding the operation of such a center.

Thank you.

Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Mar 21, 2018

Check with the City of Colliersville Codes department. The City Code is online but may not be the most current.

http://www.amlegal.com/codes/client/collierville_tn/

Also, you should check with Shelby County- although the issues here would really relate to zoning- in other words is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: I had a person threatened me for trespass for walking my dog on a public sidewalk. What are my rights?

I was walking my dog on a leash with baggie in my pocket just in case. This lady comes out on her mobile chair demanding I keep my dog off her property. I am on the sidewalk. I tell her I don't and show her the container with the baggie in it She then threatened me saying she will have me arrested... Read more »

Don Himmelberg answered on Mar 20, 2018

If you were truly on a public sidewalk (and, say, not on her driveway), then you are not criminally trespassing. As an aside, thank you for cleaning up after your dog!

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on

Q: Is it legal for my landlord to kick me out if I have a emotional support dog with a written order from my doctor?

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 1, 2018

No, the landlord cannot legally evict you do to having an ESA. If the ESA has destroyed property or is a nuisance, that might be a different story. You should consult an attorney to help.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on

Q: In Greene county tn is there such a thing as defiant trespassing? If so what Tennessee code would it be listed under?

My adult niece whom has never left home (19yrs old) refuses to move out will not help with bills and refuses to clean up after herself and her dogs. She is even throwing furniture meant for trash in the yard instead of hauling it to the dump in her pickup truck. She is verbally abusive to her mom... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Feb 18, 2018

Your sister can evict her. She will need to provide her notice and file a detainer action if she doesn't move at the end of the notice. She should consult an attorney to help her.

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Q: My wife made a mistake of giving her puppy away that she paid for and wants her back, she has been dealing health

My wife and I purchased a Yorkie full breed, basically I am the one that purchased her and I am the one that cared for her, I am the one that took her to the doctor to get her shots, but the wife is the one that our puppy spent the time with because she wanted one, she has been dealing her health... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Jan 30, 2018

Probably not. A gift is a gift. You can't take it back once it is given.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on

Q: I've had this dog for 2 months and I'm trying to get the owner to come get him he refuses , wat are my rights

He even stated at 1 point I cannot care for the dog at this time take him to the animal shelter so I refused

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Jan 29, 2018

What do you want to do with the dog? If you want to keep the dog, then keep it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on

Q: If owners are not feeding their dog enough dog food and the dog is very very skinny are they legally in trouble?

Bennett James Wills answered on Jan 11, 2018

Maybe? Call animal control or the local non-emergency line if you think there is an issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on

Q: what happens if someone says you sold them a sick dog

I rehomed my dog ruby and her two puppys they was Chihuahuas we agreed on the rehoming fee however she contacted me and had someone else contact me days later saying I sold her sick dogs she also said the vet told her they was fox terriers and that they had to be treated for worms and fleas I have... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Jan 6, 2018

It depends on what representations you made to her in selling the dogs. If you told them they were healthy and had been verified healthy by a vet, then you might want to get that proof ready. She can try to sue you for the vet bills. If she does, you should consult a lawyer. Dogs get worms and... Read more »

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Q: Re-homing a dog vet responsiblities - new owner or old?

I recently re-homed my outside dog who was in a pen outside. He was in good health (no heartworms/mange/etc) The new owner takes the dog to the vet for comprehensive testing and grooming. Turns out he had an ear infection. And they want me to pay half of the bill, if not they will sue me and report... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Jan 5, 2018

The dog was theirs when they took it, I would say. As far as reporting you for animal cruelty, they can certainly do that, but that doesn't mean that you will be charged. The DA will ultimately have to make that decision.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Contracts and Agricultural Law for Tennessee on

Q: If we allowed friends to keep an animal on a field we lease providing they cared for their animal and they did not

Do so and we have no contract, if given a 30 days notice to remove the animal via a Facebook message at the end of the 30 days if the animal is not removed do we have the right to claim the animal as our own and/or rehome it?

Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Sep 4, 2017

Sounds like you did a good deed and allowed a friend to leave their animal with you. I am hoping by this time the friend has picked up their animal. If not, I would notify them that if they have not picked up the animal by a time certain you will be charging at so much a day. This will likely... Read more »

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