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ANIMAL LAW CASES
ANIMAL CUSTODY/VISITATION/OWNERSHIP DISPUTES
For example, it has been held that licensing of a pet is evidence of ownership, but not necessarily determinative. Courts focus on who had control and dominion of the pet. Of course, if the pet was not licensed, this fact is not relevant.
Other facts will include who adopted the pet, whose name is on the papers, what do friends/witnesses say about who owned the pet, who primarily took care of the pet, who paid for the pet, who bought its food, who handled its veterinary visits, was it a gift, what is your proof, etc.
In one divorce case that involved the gift of a dog by a husband to the wife, who then refused to let her keep the dog during the divorce, the court ordered him to return the dog to the wife.
THE NYC PET LAW
Generally Landlords get to decide if you can keep a pet. THE NYC Pet Law creates an exception. You can keep your pet if you:
The NYC Pet Law does not apply everywhere and there are exceptions to its exceptions. For example, if your pet is a nuisance you cannot keep it. You should speak with an attorney about all the intricacies of the law.A great resource for you to review is put out by MFY Legal Services. You can read it before you call us. PET-MANUAL
RETURN OF PET - I have handled MANY of these family fights where sometimes the animal is the only issue and sometimes the dispute arises in another context such as a divorce. In these cases, I have successfully gotten the animal back to its rightful owner. In some cases the parties have exchanged money for the return of the pet.
VICIOUS DOG HEARINGS - In these cases, the Government wants to destroy your dog often because of a bite. You should never just give up your animal willingly to them. At these hearings I have successfully won and prevented the animal from being killed. Usually a long agreement is made about how the dog will be kept by you so that it cannot harm anyone again.
ANIMAL BITE DEFENSE - If you have insurance that covers your case, your insurance company will defend you, but many times you will not have coverage. In those cases, I have often managed to get the case against you dismissed, and other times have been able to work out a low payment settlement.
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