Wisconsin Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

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

1 Answer | Asked in Agricultural Law and Animal / Dog Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 28, 2018
Emmanuel Muwonge's answer
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 make unannounced facility inspections to ensure they are in compliance with regulations, and to identify unregistered facilities. If you are interested in the enforcement of standards governing how...

Q: My puppy was taken from the vet by the person I bought him from and she won't give him back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018
Emmanuel Muwonge's answer
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 tells him or her. It also appears that the prior owner took the animal to the vet I assume knows the animal's history since that is the vet the prior owner elected to take the animal to ostensibly on...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 7, 2018
Emmanuel Muwonge's answer
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. Alternatively, and because you indicated that you don't have the money, you may have to consider calling the city attorney for the city in which you reside and find out when s/he would be available to...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Dec 22, 2017
Stephen Pleck Johnson's answer
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 best to you. A bigger problem may be your antagonistic neighbor next to you. Try to get some counseling on how to handle this issue, also.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Dec 12, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Wisconsin on
Answered on Nov 26, 2016
Emmanuel Muwonge's answer
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 claim against the owner's Homeowner's Policy and, again, May. I would need more facts and details.

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Wrongful Death and Small Claims for Wisconsin on
Answered on Jul 6, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
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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