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Q: I bought a puppy from a breeder who said would replace it if it didn't turn out to be show quality. It's now been 3

Years and she keeps telling me the next time she has a litter she will give me one . Now she decided to import two new puppies and no longer has the one I sent back to her to replace. I spent about $2000. And I don't have a puppy or money. The deal was to replace the puppy . Always excuses from... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 25, 2019

If you ever want to get a new puppy you will probably have to sue the breeder for breach of contract.

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Q: what are the laws for dog noise disturbances, and what are the repercussions? Assuming there are levels of offenses.

Looking to possibly buy a new build home with close proximity neighbors. Dogs are outside during the day so who knows what they’d bark at.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 26, 2018

While you may be able to have police issue a summons for a noise disturbance, or while you may be able to bring a small claims action for nuisance law violations, why build there when you suspect potentially unsolvable problems with neighbors? More details are necessary to provide a professional... Read more »

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Q: If I'm at dog park and another dog owner is attacking my dog, to what extent can I stop him from hurting/killing my dog?

My dog did not attack him, his dog or anything else.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 26, 2018

Reasonable efforts that fit the situation are typically permitted, though it's best to avoid dog parks for exactly these types of reasons. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You... Read more »

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Q: My ex recently abandoned the dog I paid for when we were together. He found out I have her and wants her back.

I paid for her as a puppy in 2014. We split in 2015 when he took her from me. He hasn't had a stable home in almost a year and has been injecting drugs. She was living with him in a trailer with drug addicts and was also pretty skinny. He recently left her with his brother saying he'd be back in a... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 24, 2018

Arguably, he gave up his property rights by not returning to retrieve the dog within the stated period of 1 day, and arguably his brother apparently gifted the dog to you. Based on this perspective, you may have legal rights to the dog. The greater issue relates to dog abuse, which should be... Read more »

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Q: How do I take legal action against a dog handler extorting me and get my dog back, and without harm to dog?

Update

verbal agreement of breeding- handler is extorting me by not returning my dog unless I give her 500 cash and sign a contract I have never seen.

Handler has had my dog for a week to breed. Handler decided she now needs a written contract, and stalled me after driving 2 hours... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 24, 2018

See: https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.08.070. This law makes it a crime to steal or otherwise harm a pet animal in WA State. The application of this law is fact dependent. Also, it sounds like your opponent is claiming a lien on your dog, though I only know of such liens in the case... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Washington on

Q: took my dog to vet afterrelatively minor dog attack.They never warned risk of shock and died 2.5 days later. Can I sue?

Took him to the vet after the attack and they cleaned him up. Next day he was trembling(likely pain) and they stabilized him. I was going to take him first thing in the morning, but he was breathing rapidly at 3 in the morning until his breathing eventually died in my arms. Had I known to watch for... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 20, 2018

Unlikely, because at best most states give you only the value of the dog in commercial terms.

However I wold suggest you contact a member of the State Of Washington Assn for Justice who handles animal issues--they give free consultations.

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Q: Can animal control take away my dog in the city of Seattle if she isn't registered?

Jeremy Cohen answered on Jan 25, 2018

Generally property, which your dog is under the law, cannot be seized without a fair hearing. You get an opportunity to exercise your due process rights. Typically there is a fine to pay for a dog being unregistered if it is older than a certain age. You may also want to register the dog... Read more »

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Q: my friend wants hes dog back

my friend was staying with a roommate and asked the roommate if he could keep hes dog there until he found a new place and then he did find

a house for him and he's dog and now the roommate doesn't want to give him back is there anything he can do he really misses he's dog ?

Brian Lehman answered on Feb 25, 2017

Here is a list of lawyers near you that specialize in Animal & Dog law: https://www.justia.com/lawyers/animal-dog-law/washington/pierce-county

This type of issue comes up enough that there are articles written on it:...
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Q: Can anybody take photos of your dog on your own property without your consent

Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Dec 8, 2016

As long as they are not trespassing, yes.

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

Q: someone asked to pet my dog and they got bit

Is it my fault?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 31, 2016

Not unless you were aware that your dog would bite anyone who was strange.

I do suggest you notify your homeowners. If the person ask for shot records give them.

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Q: My boyfriend and I are breaking up. He is the one who originally purchased the dog. Am I at risk of losing my companion?

We both wanted her and he fronted the money, I've been paying him back for my share of her in monthly installments. However, he threatened to get a lawyer or call the police on me if I took her. I'm the one who primarily cares for her, found her (from the breeder) and picked her out, I'm the one... Read more »

Marjorie Simmons answered on Aug 25, 2016

From your description it sounds as if you are the dog's primary provider. Have you tallied what each of you has paid for her acquisition and care, including time spent, to see where the two of you stand with regard to financial outlays on her behalf? The two of you might benefit from a mediation,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Washington on

Q: Can my dog get shoot for chasing someone's cat?

My dog dose no harm to anything and he got out of his fence quite a bit here recently and chases the neighbors cats he don't hurt them he just Chase them. And the neighbor said if it happens again he will shoot him.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 26, 2016

The neighbor can't shoot them because of hunting laws which prohibit firearms use near houses (don't tell the neighbour --they will use something else). You say he got "out of his fece quite a bit" --that is called a nuissance in the law. You need to fix your fence, get a new one, or give someone... Read more »

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Q: How old do you have to be to own a dog in Washington state???

Marjorie Simmons answered on Jul 15, 2016

That's a really good question, and the answer depends on different factors. In general, to be able to enter into contracts in Washington, you must be 18 years old or older (an "adult"), and not under some other legal constraint. Things like pet licenses and veterinary care services contracts... Read more »

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Q: My roomate dropped my cat at a shelter as found. Without my knowledge. Is this against the law. He didn't like cat.

My roomate didn't like my cat, and dropped him off at a shelter as a found cat. I called around thinking my cat was lost, found him at a shelter. Normally this would be fine if he was lost. But there are too many "coincidences" pointing to my roomate. I had to pay for my cat, and filled out a paper... Read more »

Marjorie Simmons answered on Jul 15, 2016

In Washington it is a gross misdemeanor (crime) to take or conceal pets: RCW 9.08.070 (http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.08.070). Animal cruelty is different and is also covered by state laws in RCW 16.52 (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=16.52)

It may also be a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Environmental, Personal Injury and Insurance Defense for Washington on

Q: If wildlife causes an accident are you at fault? Or domesticated animals running into traffic?

I drive rural roads with wildlife from small to big to bigger. Deer often cross the road unannounced. I often have to slam the breaks to avoid a collision. Drivers behind me get pissed and have a near miss. Rural roads = barely patrolled. So drivers go fast and will drive where ever there is... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 28, 2016

You aren't responsible for wild animals--no one is. As far as domesticated animals, the owner of the animal is responsible for them. In the example you gave I don't see why you would be at fault--the other individual collided with the deer, not with you.

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Q: My friend gave me our dog 8 months ago I got him set up as my capanin animal. Now she is wanting him back what can I do?

I have got our dog little foot set up as my capanin animal. Paid the pet deposit to have him and have solely taken care of him for 8 months.

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 2, 2015

The fact that the dog is now a companion animal for you is of no consequence. If your friend indeed gave the dog to you, your friend cannot now have the dog back.

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Q: My mom gave my dog away when I was in jail for 13days. Even though she promised he would be fine.Can I Sue her

She promised he would be ok. Now she won't even tell me the town where he is. Only. The county.he is my best friend.

Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 11, 2015

It sounds like you could, as she got rid of your property. It may be a case for small claims court. A local lawyer can advise.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education...
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Q: my dog got out the house again can i get a ticket if my neighbor calls the cops?

dog has attacked there dog before

Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 18, 2015

Possibly. Depends on local leash laws and other factors.

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Q: If I didn't sign a contract for a dog can I be sued for how much the dog is worth

Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 14, 2015

I don't understand the question, the nature of the contract or why you'd be sued.

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