Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott’s Answers

Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott

Normandy Park Animal Law Attorney.

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  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 about 2 months 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. Received a dog running at large citation (misdeamenor) for dog being with me at my apartment complex.

    Answered 25 days ago.

    1. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    2. Richard Bruce Rosenthal
    2 lawyer answers

    Is the parking lot private property? If so, than the running at large provision probably doesn't apply. I would need to look at the police report and any statements to see what exactly was the basis for the charge. You should hire an attorney to assist you. If you can't afford an attorney, then a public defender will be appointed to you.

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  7. 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 10 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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  8. If I adopted a dog from an individual and there was no paperwork, can he demand I return it to him?

    Answered 15 days ago.

    1. Jarrett Lee McCormack
    2. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    3. Mark Steven Paullin
    4. Dennis Wayne Tackett
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    Oral agreements, such as the one that you had with the seller of your dog, are enforceable. It just depends on how far the seller wants to take it if you breach the agreement. He would need to sue for breach of contract and replevin (return of personal property). I suggest contacting an animal attorney or contract attorney in your area. I would attempt to work something out before it gets to the point of defending against a lawsuit, but that is something to discuss with your attorney.

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  9. Help! Animals, Legal

    Answered 25 days ago.

    1. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    2. Richard Bruce Rosenthal
    2 lawyer answers

    Yes, he can take you to court. Whether he will win is another matter. Take pictures of the texts to use in your defense. If the DNA test results show that his dog is not the sire, take those test results with you to court if he sues. It will be his burden to show that he was damaged and by how much. The ball is in his court. He must file a lawsuit if he wants to get half of the litter. If you have any emails documenting your discussions print them off and take them with you, too. If he hires an...

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  10. Dog bite claim

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
    3 lawyer answers

    An owner of a dog is generally statutorily liable for the damage that that dog does to another animal. Provocation may be a defense. In Ocean Shores, "provocation" is defined as :taunting, teasing, willfully causing undue pain, and/or unlawful entry upon or into the property of the owner or keeper." I don't see a provocation defense here, but the other owner could attempt to assert it.

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