Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott’s Answers

Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott

Normandy Park Animal Law Attorney.

Contributor Level 13
  1. My dogs got bitten by a bigger dog, can I sue them in small claims court and for how much.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Armen Michael Tashjian
    2. Kevin Samuel Sullivan
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    5. Paul J Molinaro
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    6 lawyer answers

    Yes, you can sue. I would do more than going to small claims court. I would consult a personal injury attorney in your area. I would also report the people to animal control. If you don't someone is going to get seriously hurt.

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  2. Can I shot a dog with my air soft pelletgun if it keeps coming into my yard

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    2. Dave Hawkins
    3. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    3 lawyer answers

    Contact Pierce County Animal Control. This behavior satisfies the definition of a "dangerous dog" in Washington. Keep reporting the incidents until animal control does something about it. You could also put up a fence. I'd be careful about shooting it with a pellet gun. You could end up with an animal cruelty complaint.

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  3. Can I successfully appeal a dangerous dog ruling using provocation, when a neighbor approached leashed dog w/o permission?

    Answered 23 days ago.

    1. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3. Richard Bruce Rosenthal
    4. Christopher B Wencker
    4 lawyer answers

    These are tough cases. There are several types of proceedings that can arise from these types of incidents and the outcomes can vary. If you are defending an administrative decision that has deemed your dog potentially dangerous, it could come down to the person that is overseeing your appeal. If that person abides by a strict interpretation of the code, you are out of luck. The provocation defense will not work. If that person is willing to negotiate, then it is possible that this defense can...

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  4. Do you have to have a business license to run a horse stable?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Erik Johnson
    2. Thomas Martin Morningstar
    3. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    4. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    4 lawyer answers

    You should have a business license, insurance, and possibly create a business entity. The Washington State Bar Association Animal Law Section is having an all day seminar on equine law on January 29, 2013. It will cover topics of interest to you including insurance issues relevant to stable owners and trainers. We have a special rate for nonattorneys. For more information go the the Washington State Bar website and click on January 29, 2013 or give the bar a call.

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  5. What to do now? A neighbor's dog was in the middle of the road this evening. I crashed my vehicle to avoid running it over.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Crystal Grace Rutherford
    2. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    3. Kevin Coluccio
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree with my fellow attorneys. There is case law in Washington that holds a dog owner liable under similar circumstances.

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  6. My ex is trying to say I can't see our dog anymore, claiming he is sole owner. Is there anything I can do? Beside myself.

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    2. Golnar Sargeant
    3. Michelle L. Radloff
    3 lawyer answers

    If you hardly have the funds for a legal battle, then at least have a lawyer review any agreement that he wants you to sign. You don't say whether your ex is an ex boyfriend or ex-husband which definitely makes a difference. Don't go to small claims! They can only award monetary damages.

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  7. What type of lawsuit should I file

    Answered 29 days ago.

    1. Dave Hawkins
    2. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    3. Jacob Brian Smith
    4. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    5. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    5 lawyer answers

    You need to hire an attorney and file a lawsuit and motion for replevin (return of personal property). Do not go to small claims court! The only thing that you can get in small claims is money damages and it can destroy your chances of getting your dog returned to you. Replevin is a tricky type of lawsuit so I strongly recommend hiring an attorney.

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  8. What is the Law or the steps to take for a companion animal in an apartment in Washington state?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    3. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    3 lawyer answers

    If the minor's doctor agrees that the child requires a support animal, then the Fair Housing Act applies. She needs a letter from her doctor stating that she is disabled and requires a support animal to allow her to enjoy her dwelling. The landlord is entitled to some evidence of a disability and to some evidence that a support animal is necessary. Her mother should be careful not to take advantage of this exception under the FHA. It is provided for individuals who truly need the assistance of...

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  9. Is it illegal to put a cat in a crate?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    2. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    3. Keith G Langer
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with both of the answers that you have received so far. One must consider the length of time that you left your cat in the crate and the size of the crate. If the crate was too small, it could be considered animal cruelty. If you left her in it for a long period of time, this too could be considered animal cruelty.

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  10. Can my landlord make me get rid of my service dog?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    3. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    4. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    4 lawyer answers

    Under the FHA, you are entitled to a reasonable accommodation. It doesn't matter what breed your dog is. Even if the ADA or Washington Law Against Discrimination were applicable in the context of housing, the regulations are clear that the breed should not be determinative. Your dog does not need to be registered as a service dog. Your landlord is entitled to a letter from your health care provider stating that: You are disabled Your support dog ameliorates your disability You require your...

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