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1 Answer | Asked in Agricultural Law and Animal / Dog Law for Wisconsin on

Q: Why aren't there any federal laws that protect all animals?

I find it troubling that the states can choose what is defined as an "animal" and what is considered a crime against them. Why aren't there any federal laws that protect all animals? The AWA does not count. Doing research, I've found that all states have animal abuse laws, but they are all... Read more »

Emmanuel Muwonge answered on Feb 28, 2018

The Act you took issue with was not intended to regulate how animals are used for research purposes, but only to set standards for how they are obtained and maintained at a facility

APHIS's Animal Care (AC) program oversees the AWA, which includes about 10,300 facilities. These AC officials...
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Q: My puppy was taken from the vet by the person I bought him from and she won't give him back.

I bought him w/o signing a breeders contract. I took him to an emergency vet. He had a bowel obstruction. They wanted too much money. The person I got him from volunteered to take him to her vet for care and I could pay her on Friday. She said he was having surgery. Didn't happen he wasn't even... Read more »

Emmanuel Muwonge answered on Feb 20, 2018

It is not clear to me where your issues stem from as there are several individuals you have been transacting business with. What is clear to me is that you do not have paperwork suggesting or documenting that you actually own the animal. As such, the veterinarian is going by what the apparent owner... Read more »

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Q: If I surrender my dog will I have to pay citation we don't have the money?

My dog got out over a year ago we got a warning he got out again today and I was issued a citation

Emmanuel Muwonge answered on Feb 7, 2018

What did the citation say? If you were cited because your dog was off the premises which offense you were previously warned would result in a citation if there were future violations, you need to retain someone who practices in the area about such matters so that they may, in turn, represent you.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Wisconsin on

Q: My neighbor threatened that if " you dont take care of your i cat i will, and you know what that means."

My cat is an outside cat, I live in the country. He said if I don't take it to get neutered, that he will take him to the humane society or get rid of him for me. Cat has been missing for a week?

Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Dec 22, 2017

Check with the humane society. Proof of criminal damage to property or abusing animals needs some foundation. The threat is probably, at most disorderly conduct. Proof he did something criminal is next. An at large animal may be in violation of township ordinances. Check with the Clerk. My... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Criminal Law for Wisconsin on

Q: If I train a dog to shoot a gun and it kills someone will I be held responsible

I hypothetically trained my dog to shoot a gun and he killed someone am I in trouble or is my dog in trouble

Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 12, 2017

Both of you. Big trouble. Don't even think about it. If it did happen you need to speak with an attorney who handles criminal defense of homide cases.

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

Q: We are re-homing a dog with a bite history. Can we be held liable if he bites someone under the new owner's care?

Our dog has bitten twice when someone entered our home unexpectedly. Because of this we don't want to keep him as we have many visitors. We know a guy who really wants him and says he has experience working with this behavior. We would prefer to re-home the dog rather than euthanize. We have fully... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 18, 2017

No, as long as you told the new owner it's on him.

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

Q: Person bitten by a dog who is hired to take care of them

A person is hired to take care of dogs at a breeders place. This person is bitten breaking up a dog fight due to the persons negligence of running dogs together that were known alphas. Does the person have a lawsuit. went to emergency room for stitches.

Emmanuel Muwonge answered on Nov 26, 2016

If we assume you were bitten during the course of your employment, your exclusive remedy as an employee injured during the course of your employment is a claim pursuant to the Workers Compensation laws of Wisconsin. If your employer has no Workers Compensation coverage, you may be able to pursue a... Read more »

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Q: Roommate put my dogs outside alone and one escaped and got hit by a car. Can I hold her accountable for the vet bill?

My roommate decided to let my dogs out while I was at work. Normally I keep them crated while I am gone. Since my dogs are familiar with her I don't mind that she plays with them from time to time but I never asked as a roommate that she has to let them out daily. Since she has lost both of my dogs... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 6, 2016

You could. Not sure you would win as the standard is also if her conduct is reasonable. If it's a fenced in yard, unless they've escaped before it might seem reasonable to let them out and do something in the vicinity.

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