COVID-19 Animal / Dog Law View Questions by State

Your current state is Virginia

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • Washington DC

US Territories

  • Puerto Rico

Show More States

Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
COVID-19 Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers
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... View 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... View 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... View 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... View 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... View 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... View 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.

View More Answers

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... View 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... View 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... View 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... View 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...
View More

View More Answers

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... View 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... View 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... View 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... View 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... View 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... View 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... View More

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.