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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Arizona on
Q: The person we had TEMPORARILY caring 4 our dog as we searched for a place to live, is trying to keep him. What can I do

Someone had been watching our dog as we looked for a place to live. Among other things, the pandemic prolonged the time it took to do so (4 months). Right before we were to contact the guy to get our dog, he randomly texted and said he killed the dog and threw him in the fire. Devistated, we... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 2, 2021

Unfortunately, it is not as easy as merely requesting a civil standby. I have not filed a case like this personally, but I believe you should be able to file a case in justice court instead of at the superior court level since all you are seeking is possession of the property (dog). The fees will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Massachusetts on
Q: If someone's been watching my dog while I look for a new place, old one sold. Can they try and keep my dog

Long story short my apt building sold and with pandemic now and everything it's been hard finding a place. One that expects pets and I can afford. But now the person who has been watching my dog is trying to steal them from me because they have grown attached and wanted their own dog now. Can... Read more »

Kim Carnevale
Kim Carnevale answered on Mar 5, 2021

You should ask for your dog back and find someone else if you still do not have a place. If this person refuses, you should not wait to take legal action. Dogs and other companion animals are still considered property in Massachusetts, so the person will have to return your dog to you unless the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Q: My best friend got a dog 6 yrs ago. She travels for work, knowing I was already helping take care of her cat, I begged

Her not to get one. The 1st 2yrs I had the dog every other week plus any personal holidays she took. The next 3 yrs I had him from Sat mid=afternoon until Friday morning. (Yes 5=6 days per week) Occasionally Thurs pm if I brought him to her. Then covid. No Travel. We shared for almost a year, but... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 11, 2021

If you take something that isn't yours you have committed a theft. You could face both criminal and civil consequences.

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: What can I do if tenant does not comply with 3 day notice to remove dog from property?

My tenants dog bit me and we gave them a three day notice to remove dog. However these tenants are very difficult and tend to do things as they please. I live in Los Angeles and its in rent control. On the rental agreement it stated no pets but they got it during the pandemic cause our governor... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 1, 2020

You can also make a claim for personal injuries against them if you needed any medical attention.  Whether that is worthwhile depends on whether they have renter's insurance.  You can also initiate eviction proceedings although I am not sure what the status of such proceedings is now.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: During the moratorium am I allowed to give my tenant a 3-day notice for nuisance regarding a pet's constant barking?

my tenant got this dog during the moratorium, breaking our lease agreement. But since we can't do much with the moratorium in place tenant has kept the dog. now the dog is a nuisance he barks all the time cant enjoy our common areas because of it. The house is in Los Angeles, Ca, and is also... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 2, 2020

You need to contact a local Real Estate attorney, there are several here that you could contact and review with them exactly what the moratorium protects. IMO it does not protect a tenant from breaking the rules of the lease from being evicted, it protects people who cannot pay the rent because... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Q: The county is saying my dog is a dangerous dog with no proof. Allegedly attacked another dog with no proof. No blood.

We had court on Jun 24 2020 and we were turned away because we didn’t meet the criteria to enter the building due to Covid. The deputy told me to call the clerk and and it was to late to even call because the judge declared my dog dangerous. I need a lawyer my dog hasn’t hurt a fly? The dog is... Read more »

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Oct 2, 2020

Unfortunately unless you already noted your appeal, your options are going to be severely limited. I would get an attorney ASAP who can advise you if you can have a motion to rehear on the case, if you haven't appealed. Someone locally should be able to better advise you of a potential... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Is it against the law in CA for a neighbor to take our cat days at a time?

these crazy neighbors have been holding our cat hostage inside for days at a time. They have been positive for corona virus and I'm 7 months pregnant. I tried calling police but they said a cat isn't considered property. Its causing me a lot of stress. I though pets were property, isnt this thef?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Sep 8, 2020

The police are clearly just being lazy in this situation. You can call the chief and file a complaint against the officers. The squeaky wheel gets oiled the most!

To answer your question, yes, animals (cats and dogs and cows, pigs, birds, all animals, etc.) are considered property. So, the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Q: Am I in the wrong regarding my dog and property?

I have a temporary neighbor, or at least I believe she's just moved in with her family that lives half of a mile down our dirt road due to COVID-19. Anyway, she walks everyday and has called authorities about my dogs. The thing is, they walk to a light pole in front of our property and our... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 2, 2020

You can’t really stop someone from calling the police. If the police haven’t done anything and haven’t issued you a ticket or summons, then you might just have to deal with it until she gets tired of calling with no results. If you have been issued a ticket or a summons, then you’ll want to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: How do I take someone to court to get my dog? I was told small claims by the cops.

I have all of my puppy’s paper work and I am microchipped to her- I even still pay her Veterinary insurance. My ex roommate told animal control and the cops that I “adopted shasta for her” when I went to pick her up, I simply left shasta in her care as I moved. There were never any written or... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jun 11, 2020

No, the cops don't know the law. They just say whatever they can to get you to leave them alone about stuff like this. If they saw your paperwork, they should have assisted you, but since they won't, you will have to take her to court. You can take her to small claims, but county court is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: The foster of the dog with my dog rescue does not communicate and I need to get the dog back. What action should I take?

The foster cannot be trusted and I need to get the dog back from her to the rescue. The foster was nice at first, said she wants to eventually adopt the dog. By regulations the dog can be adopted only after it is spayed. The clinic will be open in a few days and and appointment for spay can now be... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Apr 23, 2020

You can call the police and show them the paperwork that the dog is only a foster and that it belongs to the rescue. The police might help. Sometimes they don't, though. If they decline to help, then you will have to sue the foster in civil court to get the dog back. Sometimes a strongly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Massachusetts on
Q: My Landlord gave 2 of my puppies away, that I intended to keep. officer told him to get them back, he has not done so.

This morning he assaulted me and bit me the officers I've called have seen it yet they will not Do anything what can I do.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Apr 21, 2020

Have you received medical treatment for same? Are there any scars? You may have a harassment claim against the landlord and if there have been three harassing incidents by this person you can obtain an order from the district court for your locality, but there are special rules under the COVID... Read more »

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