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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: I hit a dog that ran in front of me on the road and my car is damaged,the person told me they've got no homeowners/

Rental insurance cause they're renting from a relative, I had no way to avoid the dog, is it worth going after the person to get my $501 deductible back I'm having to pay for my insurance to fix my car?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 12, 2020

It's up to you. Understand if you get a judgment and they have no money, then you have to chase them for that.However, if your car insurance goes after them they should give you back the deductible.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: A lady in town went to jail and her dog went to the pound. She knew where the dog was and no one claimed it.

I adopted it. Now a year later she wants the dog back. This is in Texas. She said her lawyer is going to sue to get the dog back. Because the charges against her are being dismissed.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 13, 2020

After so many days at the pound, the dog is considered surrendered. Even if adopted out an owner has a right to re-claim the proeprty but it must be done so within a certain time frame, this is typically 30 days. I do not think a year is reasonable; however, I do not know all the particular... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Can my parents give away my dog or sell him even though I legally adopted him?

I’m 15 my parents want to give or sell him just because he poops when I’m in the shower.Just say he is 8 years old and he’s a senior.Also what do I do if they do how could I get him back?pls I need to know

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 7, 2020

Your parents are the legal guardians of you so technically they have control over decisions with you including whether or not you have pets.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Can you bring a defendant's service dog into the courtroom during his hearing?
Roy Lee Warren
Roy Lee Warren answered on Dec 30, 2019

I believe so (my wife said yes) but it must be a certified service dog that has current registration and training. If the dog poses a threat for some reason I am sure it would be excluded. You should be able to ask the court you plan to attend.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Can I take my neighbors dog? They never care when I bring it home and they dont take care of it. It's always at my house

They let it right back out everytime I take it home. I've asked them to please keep it put my yard and nothing works

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Dec 16, 2019

No, you cannot just take someone's dog. I would suggest asking them if you can keep the dog. Otherwise, make a complaint to the appropriate agency if you do not want the behavior to continue.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: If a minor pays for an animal (Ex. A new kitten) with their own money can their parent legally give the pet away?

So I'm a teenager and I want to adopt a kitten but I want to make sure my parent can't legally just give my cat away without my permission simply because they don't like the cat, even though it will belong to me.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Nov 22, 2019

If you're a minor, your parents still have the final say.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Hi am being accused of stealing one of my friends bully pitbulls without any evidence or proof what are my options

The person accusing me is my friend Who has now said he has submitted the police report

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 15, 2019

Who is accusing you?

Do not make any statements to the police without an attorney?

Otherwise, ignore. Remember sticks and stones

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: Do I owe them?

I am a senior citizen. I have had a cat since she was a small kitten. She is about nine years old. she is an outside, only coming in to eat. Very friendly I had her spayed, and vaccinated and micro-chipped in 2012. For the past year and a half, a neighbor has held her captive and she returned home... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 10, 2019

Regardless, what is their remedy? Sue you?

I doubt anything will happen.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: found stray dog and owner ,he ran away over a year ago do I have to give him back
Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Sep 13, 2019

How would you feel if a dog you had and loved was lost and the person that found them didn't want to give the dog back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: If dogs were in a house for weeks after their owner died of natural causes and they consumed some of the body will

They have to be put down?

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Sep 13, 2019

It appears the dogs were only doing what was natural for them so long as they weren't the reason for the death.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Am I liable for pet rent?

If I have not acknowledged ownership of my animals to my apartment complex, and have lived there for over a year, but am only now receiving notice of an unpaid amount on my bill, despite having paid what I am obligated, the reason for which is pet rent; am I admitting acknowledgment of having had... Read more »

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Sep 12, 2019

Read your lease contract. If you knowingly broke the agreement then chances are high you’re responsible.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: If my dog got out of the fence and killed another persons dog but her dog is unregistered can she still sue us
Matthew Valley
Matthew Valley answered on Jul 24, 2019

Yes. I don't see how her dog's registration status has anything to do with her case against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Domestic Violence for Texas on
Q: My Girlfriends mom could be going to jail for “abusing” her dog when it was abused by his previous owner

The dog was abused by his previous owner and they took care of him. Sadly he didn’t get any better and now they are trying to get her in jail for abusing the dog. They have clue where the actual owner is. Can they really put my girlfriends mom in jail for such accusation? Again, they payed for... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jul 12, 2019

You can be arrested for assaulting the Tooth Fairy if an officer convinces a judge that there is "probable cause" to believe you did it. However, they would need proof "beyond a reasonable doubt" to actually win a conviction so if she fights the charge and tells her side she has a chance. If she... Read more »

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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