Washington Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Dec 26, 2018
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
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 analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/...

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Dec 26, 2018
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
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 can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Dec 24, 2018
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
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 reported to the police as soon as possible. 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...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Washington on
Answered on Dec 24, 2018
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
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 of certain livestock (not dogs) - see https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=60.56&full=true. As for your contractual issues, more info is required, though of course you cannot be legally forced...

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Jan 25, 2018
Jeremy Cohen's answer
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 immediately to prevent further concern.

Q: my friend wants hes dog back

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Feb 25, 2017
Brian Lehman's answer
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:

http://www.americanbar.org/content/newsletter/publications/gp_solo_magazine_home/gp_solo_magazine_index/animalcustodycases.html

https://www.animallaw.info/article/detailed-discussion-legal-rights-and-duties-lost-pet-disputes

Your friend should...

Q: Can anybody take photos of your dog on your own property without your consent

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Dec 8, 2016
Mr. Michael O. Stevens' answer
As long as they are not trespassing, yes.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Washington on
Answered on Aug 31, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
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.

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Aug 25, 2016
Marjorie Simmons' answer
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, which is much less formal than a court proceeding, but can help people solve disagreements. Many counties in Washington have mediation providers who charge very small fees or even none at all. For an...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 26, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
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 the dog. You cannot have a dog running loose--it bites someone then you have problems. The neighbor feels about the cat the way you would feel if someone had a pit bull and let them out to terrorize...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 15, 2016
Marjorie Simmons' answer
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 require one to be an adult (because you have to be able to sign contracts), so unless there is an adult who could take over that responsibility for you, you would have a hard time doing things that require...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 15, 2016
Marjorie Simmons' answer
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 violation of your lease, check your lease agreement.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Environmental, Personal Injury and Insurance Defense for Washington on
Answered on Jun 28, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
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.

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Nov 2, 2015
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Aug 11, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
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.

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Q: my dog got out the house again can i get a ticket if my neighbor calls the cops?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 18, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
Possibly. Depends on local leash laws and other factors.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 14, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
I don't understand the question, the nature of the contract or why you'd be sued.

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