Virginia Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: What do I do if I’ve been charged for lying to a police officer when I didn’t really lie to them?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jun 17, 2018
G. Rex Flynn Jr.'s answer
If you have been charged with a crime, the burden of persuasion before the court if on the Government. In other words, the government has to convince the judge / jury that there is no reasonable doubt that you lied to them. That is an extremely high burden to meet. Obviously, preparation of a defense in a situation that you describe requires the time and attention of an attorney, and you should contact an attorney to sit down and talk with them about the specifics of your case, so that you...

Q: If vet does not confirm the cause of death of puppy can owner sue me for puppy not being healthy when sold.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Answered on Apr 3, 2018
Jan F Hoen's answer
Your question is unclear as to how you would be responsible.

In any event, an expert veterinary opinion to prove causation of death would be required to pursue any claim.

Also, there is no value to the claim other than the replacement cost for the puppy. Animals are considered personal property under Virginia law.

Q: a woman was going to give me 2 dogs, had me spend money on things they needed in order to get them and then backed out

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Virginia on
Answered on Mar 5, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
You can sue her for the extras on the grounds of detrimental reliance. But you'd have to sue her there, go down to court there. May just be as you were set on getting two pups to look around and get one you like for starters and leave that issue be.

Q: I got a dog when i was with my ex. I left her & now shes trying to press charges cause i brought my dog with me.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Feb 18, 2018
Susan Fremit's answer
If you paid for the dog, it’s yours. I can’t think of any charges your ex can bring against you.

Q: My boyfriend is in jail and his dog is tearing my house up is it against the law to turn the dog in to animal controll

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jan 19, 2018
Matthew Lane Kreitzer's answer
The answer to your question would depend on a series of questions related to your living arrangements, any lease terms or private agreements, and how much of a risk the dog presents. Your best bet is to reach out to a lawyer through the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service.

Q: I signed a contract with a breeder stated she got a male bull terrier puppy from me in exchange for a American bully pup

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Answered on Jan 9, 2018
F. Paul Maloof's answer
I do not handleanimal law matters. You should contact an animal law attorney.

Q: I Moved out December 9th and am just receiving a final move out notice stating I owe 710 for pet damages that weren’t

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Animal / Dog Law, Collections and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Answered on Jan 4, 2018
F. Paul Maloof's answer
Evidence of the condition of the premises as of the date of move out is critical to prove your side of the case.

Q: Dog off leash attacking and slowly killing cat in the cat owners yard. If owner kills dog will they be fined or charged?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 26, 2017
Matthew Lane Kreitzer's answer
If you have real concerns regarding the safety of your animals and have prior incidents that show that your neighbor's dog is dangerous, there are other steps you should be taking prior to thinking about killing your neighbor's dog. You should contact the local authorities to discuss your concerns. You should also schedule a consultation with a local lawyer to fully understand how killing your neighbor's dog would adversely impact your chances of recovery.

Q: Landlord said she's gonna evict us if we don't report a stray cat on the property. Can she?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 6, 2017
F. Paul Maloof's answer
A landlord cannot proceed to evict a tenant unless there is a court order granting the landlord possession. As for the stray cat, you should review your lease to see what it says about the tenant's obligation to report a stray cat. If there is nothing stated in the lease, the tenant has no obligation under the laws of Virginia.

Q: My Landlord lost my dog.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 30, 2017
F. Paul Maloof's answer
Call the police to notify them of the unleashed dog on the loose.

Q: My landlord approved our two dogs, specifically by breed and name, in our lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Landlord - Tenant and Contracts for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 7, 2017
F. Paul Maloof's answer
You can call the police and complain that the Landlord is trespassing. You can also sue the landlord for breach of your covenant of quiet enjoyment. You may want to consult with a attorney in your local.

Q: My dog bit a child on Halloween. The bite was minor and my dog never bit anyone before. I need a lawyer in williamsburg

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 3, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Animal control required to report. Notify your homeowners. Get a consult from an attorney who focuses on animal control issues.

Q: my dog got out of my apt and bit a man who got in between my dog and his, he tried to grab my dog. what can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Answered on Oct 31, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Report it to your renters insurance.

Get a leash.

Q: Can my landlord force me to move my dog Gracie in 24 hours because she bit her tiny dog that cost us $7000 in vet bills?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Answered on Sep 26, 2017
F. Paul Maloof's answer
You should call Animal Control for the city or county in which you reside for the answer to your question. I do not handle animal attack matters.

Q: What kind of lawyer do I need to sue my husband for dog we got together but he won't let me see now. I left 30 days ago.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Divorce for Virginia on
Answered on May 31, 2017
F. Paul Maloof's answer
You should consult a divorce attorney as this sounds like a marital property claim.

Q: Is it considered animal neglect if your dog is really sick and you don't seek help from a vet? if so what could happen

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Apr 26, 2017
Steve Miyares' answer
Under Virginia Code 3.2-6570, animal cruelty (Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and up to a $2500 fine) includes depriving an animal of "emergency veterinary treatment". You should consult with an attorney in your local jurisdiction to discuss the specific facts and circumstances of your situation to determine whether your dog requires "emergency veterinary treatment".

Q: seeking attorney for consultation for animal medical malpractice for fairfax, virginia

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice for Virginia on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
The problem is that the value of the animal is basically the market value.However there may be other things involved.Start with members of the Va. trial Lawyers Assn-they give free consults.

Q: Can a rental office employee chase you down to see if you live there while walking your dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Answered on Mar 31, 2017
Gary D. Godman's answer
I don't see any reason why the staff can't approach you in a common area in order to verify the dog is appropriately registered with them in accordance with the lease.

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