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Lawsuits Over Injury to a Dog

If someone injures or kills your pet, you should make a written demand for compensation. But if that doesn't work, your next stop will be court.

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Liability When Dogs Are Hurt by Other Dogs

The laws that allow livestock owners to kill attacking dogs do not usually apply when it's another dog that is being attacked.

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Liability for Injury to a Dog

A dog owner is usually entitled to compensation if someone injures or kills a dog intentionally or through unreasonable carelessness.

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Assistance Dogs: Exemptions From Local Regulations

Specially trained assistance dogs are often granted exemptions from local requirements that are imposed on other dogs.

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Assistance Dogs in the Workplace

The federal Americans With Disabilities Act forbids any kind of employment discrimination against persons with disabilties.

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Types of Assistance Dogs

Three types of trained dogs are generally called assistance dogs: guide, hearing, and service dogs.

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Barking Dogs: Suing for Nuisance in Small Claims Court

If neighbors won't keep their dog quiet, as a last resort you can sue in small claims court.

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How Mediation Can Help With a Barking Dog Problem

If talking to your neighbor about a barking dog problem doesn't work, or you're convinced it's hopeless, consider getting some help from a mediator.

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Veterinarians' Duty to Treat Animals

In most cases, a veterinarian is under no legal duty to treat an injured animal.

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If a Dog Injures a Veterinarian

Whether or not you want to believe it, there are circumstances in which your dog would bite someone.

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Health Insurance for Dogs

Health insurance for dogs and cats was virtually unheard of a few years ago, but it's looking better and better to pet owners who have paid big veteri...

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Pets in Condominiums and Planned Developments

If you're looking to buy a condominium or planned subdivision unit (frequently called planned unit development or P.U.D.), be prepared for rules.

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When You Buy a Dog: What Did the Seller Promise?

Even if your state doesn't have a specific law that applies to sales of dogs, if you're a dissatisfied buyer you may be entitled to a refund or replac...

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State "Lemon Laws" for Dogs

Laws regulating pet stores have been notably unsuccessful at stemming the tide of consumer complaints about sick animals bought at pet shops.

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Buying a Dog: Putting a Sales Agreement in Writing

If you buy a dog from a breeder, you can do one simple thing to avoid problems: get your agreement in writing.

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Legal Restrictions on Pit Bulls and Other Breeds

Whether or not certain breeds are inherently ferocious—many animal behaviorists and observers believe they are not—some breeds do account for a di...

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Criminal Penalties for Owners of Dangerous Dogs

Unless a dog mauls or kills someone—a very rare event—its owner probably won't be charged with a crime.

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If You're Hurt by a Dog

If you're attacked by a dog or see someone else attacked, you can, of course, defend yourself. The laws of nearly every state authorize anyone to tak...

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When Dogs Injure Livestock

In the eyes of the law, injuring economically valuable livestock is traditionally a more serious matter than injuring a person. Strict liability stat...

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