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

Q: while walking our dog was bit by another lady's dog because she lost control of it. does she pay for vet bills for ours?

we were all walking on a public sidewalk and her dog which was a prev rescue dog got aggressive

Daniel John Christensen answered on Mar 28, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about what happened with your dog. Assuming the other person's dog attacked yours for no reason at all, the other person can likely be held responsible for your vet bills. I wish you the best of luck. If you ever need assistance, feel free to call us at 512-888-9999.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on

Q: 6 mo after being approved to adopt my dog, the rescue group is now asking me to pay a fee or they're coming to get him.

He has been living with me since September, 2018. I received a message yesterday stating that I owed an adoption fee or she would get the law involved and come get the dog. She's claiming the dog is still the property of the rescue organization. I have an email stating that I was "approved" to... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 27, 2019

News flash: Every pet adoption center, county dog pound, and pet rescue agency and all other similar places that handle pet adoptions charge a fee to cover their expenses, including rescuing expenses, care & feeding, neutering and spaying, vaccinations and other related expenses. Why? Because in... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Texas on

Q: Can a medical provider who writes a letter for an "Emotional Support Animal" (ESA) be held liable for later injuries?

Letter provided for housing purposes in the state of Texas. Letter is simply stating this person has a disability and would benefit from an ESA. Later the animal causes injury (either personal or property). Secondarily, does length of provider patient relationship play a role in your answer?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 21, 2019

No.

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

Q: A rescue has my dog & refuses to return him. I've provided all proof of ownership & they still refuse to return him.

My dog went missing and somehow a rescue got him. They never posted him as found. I saw him posted up for adoption on the rescues Facebook page. I contacted them & gave all proof of ownership but they refuse to give him back. They are known for doing this and charge $400 for purebred dogs. My dog... Read more »

Grant St Julian III answered on Feb 6, 2019

You may file a civil suit, request a restraining order which prohibits sale of the dog and its return. Contact a an attorney in your area. Good luck.

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

Q: i live with my parents and are wanting to give my dogs away, i pay rent and provide for my dogs.

can she call the city to pick up my dogs or give them away without my permission? I have had my dogs living with me for more then 4 years now. what do i need to do to prevent her from doing this?

Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Nov 5, 2018

It sound like your best option is to find another place to live where you can enjoy the company of your dogs. Remember that it is your parents' home and it should be respected as anyone else's, i.e. do not let the dogs cause damage, etc.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on

Q: Can you go to jail for not paying a vet bill?

Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Nov 5, 2018

No, but it can hurt your credit and they may seek to get a Court Judgment against you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Real Estate Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on

Q: Can I put up a taller fence in my yard for privacy?

The current fence between my neighbor and I is 6-8ft tall and has a rod iron opening in the middle of it. Sense acquiring the property instantly I noticed the neighbors windows see directly into my entire back yard and I have absolutely no privacy. On several occasions the neighbor's let me know... Read more »

Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Aug 6, 2018

You will need to check with your HOA and your City Development Department for the codes on fences.

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

Q: Can a vet keep my dog legally bc I can't pay?

Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jun 13, 2018

Check the Texas property statute for more specific information; however, generally speaking, vets do obtain an automatic lien on any services performed. You may be able to work out a payment plan with them.

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

Q: can a towing company house your dogs while your in jail and charge you almost $1000.

was arrested and the officer never asked me what i wanted to do with my dogs , he and the person towing my car decided upon there own to let the towing company house my dogs. when i was bonded out i found out that they had my dogs in the office of this towing company and wanted to charge me an... Read more »

Grant St Julian III answered on May 8, 2018

The shout answer is yes, the towing company can charge the fees, even though you are in jail.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Agricultural Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on

Q: My dog was hit and kill in front of me the lady took off what laws are there for her to get ticket and me compinsated

I know who did it just don't have address this happened in Colorado and was a stock/family pet

Grant St Julian III answered on Mar 28, 2018

You will have to contact an attorney in Colorado. The laws of that state will govern this matter, since that is where the incident occurred.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Wrongful Death for Texas on

Q: Can I sue the city police dont want to come by and open gate to release my dog from the pound after we paid?

We paid for our dog and been trying to get him for days but city police don’t want to open the gates for us they took our dog else where to probably get put down, can we sue??

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 26, 2018

You could but the pound is usally operated by the municipality, not by the police. As your city councilman or mayor about this.

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

Q: The next door neighbor has thrown a brick across the fence to hit my dog is there anything I can do

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 21, 2018

Yes, but it will take maybe more work than it's worth. Some type of mediation would be best.

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

Q: are there any current laws in Texas regarding cold weather and pets?

Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jan 16, 2018

You might try researching Texas Penal Code 42.092. CRUELTY TO NONLIVESTOCK ANIMALS.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Wrongful Death for Texas on

Q: My neighbor has used a hammer to push out my picket on my privacy fence my dog got out there is it my fault?

After the dog got out she told me I am going to shoot your dog so I quickly tried to get my dog back in the yard but the dog ran across the street into a vacant lot I grabbed my keys drove in that direction saw the dog in rearview mirror headed back to the house turned around pulled into my drive... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 12, 2018

You can make a claim but will spend more than you get. You need to press charges with the police.

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

Q: If some one comes to ur house and steals ur dog and it’s caught on camara , can that be a penalty

Should I make a report

Joseph Hoelscher answered on Jan 6, 2018

Under Section 31.03 of the Texas Penal Code, that person could get a jail sentence if the dog was worth more than $100. If the person had been previously warned against trespassing the property, then he might also be looking at a criminal trespass charge, which also carries a sentence up to six... Read more »

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

Q: If some one comes to ur house and steals ur dog (English Bulldog puppy) can they get jail time? What kind of penalty

Joseph Hoelscher answered on Jan 6, 2018

Under Section 31.03 of the Texas Penal Code, that person could get a jail sentence if the dog was worth more than $100. If the person had been previously warned against trespassing the property, then he might also be looking at a criminal trespass charge, which also carries a sentence up to six... Read more »

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

Q: If a 13 year old is volunteering ar a pound and he gets bit, can he come back at the age of 18 and Sue the City

Bradford Kvinta answered on Dec 12, 2017

The statute of limitations for minors wishing to pursue a cause of action generally begins at age 18. However, a claim could be brought sooner through a parent or guardian. You should first, however, speak to an attorney to determine if you have an actionable claim.

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

Q: Can we be sued for a dog bite, when the dog isn’t really ours?

There was this stray dog with scabs all over its body, this 22 y/o was walking and the dog bit her can they sue us even if the dog is not necessarily ours? We have our own dogs and we feed them and give them water and she would come feed from their food too, she didn’t seem to cause problems to... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 10, 2017

If it wasn't on your property and you did not keep it on your property you are not responsible. Don't feed strays. Feed your dog on your property.Keep other dogs out.

However tell your homeowners and be guided by what they say.

Sorry, but St. Francis has not gotten to the law books...
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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Texas on

Q: Pit bull attacked brother & bit half off his ear off while his owner was also attacking my brother. Worth suing?

The actual owner just watched as her son in law and pit bull were attacking my brother in the alley. They are saying the dog was "protecting her home" yet my brother showed no sign of violence and had been on the property for quite some time thus it was a party he had been invited to. It has... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 10, 2017

Contact a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Assn--they give free consults.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Texas on

Q: How does a hit and run in texas work if it was on private property and a dog was killed

A friend of a friend came to my acreage and accidentally hit and killed one of my dogs with his car. He did not stop to render aid nor make an attempt to exit his car. He simply sped off my property.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 1, 2017

Technically, dogs are viewed as property in most states. But the value is the value of the dog commercially the day of the death--it's pretty cold. So if your state has a dollar amount that would be something to look at too. If you want them cited then call the local cops and see if they take it.... Read more »

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