Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott’s Answers

Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott

Normandy Park Animal Law Attorney.

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  1. My dog wandered into my neighbor's backyard, scared the cat, and cat bit and scratched my neighbor. Am I liable for the damages?

    Answered 11 days ago.

    1. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    2. Robert Daniel Kelly
    3. Gary Ralph Ilmanen
    3 lawyer answers

    I would have to say "probably." An owner of a dog is strictly liable for the damages caused by the dog. I suggest that you report it to your homeowner's or renter's insurance. You could also offer to split , but that offer should be made through your attorney. If you do pay anything, you certainly want to have a release and settlement agreement signed by your neighbor so that he/she does not come back for more money or choose to file suit anyway. This agreement should be drafted by an attorney.

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  2. Can I sue Fed EX or Amazon for killing my dog on my private property. Amazon used Fed Ex for delivery & the driver was reckless

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    2. Jacob Brian Smith
    2 lawyer answers

    Yes, you can sue for negligence. There are very specific legal arguments to make in your case. Case law in Washington usually prevents recovery for emotional distress damages due to the loss or injury to a pet. Although you cannot get emotional distress damages, you can recover the intrinsic value of your dog. In many states you would be limited to the fair market value, but WA allows the intrinsic value. Intrinsic value is somewhat difficult concept to explain in this forum. I do these types...

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

    Answered over 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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  5. Can I successfully appeal a dangerous dog ruling using provocation, when a neighbor approached leashed dog w/o permission?

    Answered 3 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. What actions can I take to get my dog back?

    Answered 22 days ago.

    1. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    2. Keith Michael Petrochko
    3. Lisa M Boswell
    3 lawyer answers

    You may need to take it to court to get it resolved. You also have many options as to how to proceed while you are deployed. Even though you are deployed, a lot can be accomplished in your absence. You also have the benefit of the Service Members Relief Act that can stall a legal proceeding until you are available. You could also give your mother your power of attorney to bring a lawsuit on your behalf. First, contact an attorney to represent you. You can have your mother do this for you,...

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  9. Can a HUD housing complex force a resident to have their Section 504 approved "assistive" cat de-clawed?

    Answered 27 days ago.

    1. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    2. William Joseph Bieke Jr.
    3. Dani K. Liblang
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree that the procedure is barbaric. In some states it has be outlawed. There are no cases directly on point dealing with the issue that you have raised. To assist you properly, I would need to sit down and discuss your disability with you in depth. I wonder if there is some connection between your disability and your desire to avoid having your cat declawed. I recommend that you contact an animal attorney, or discrimination attorney in your area for a consultation. You could also take a...

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

    Answered about 2 months 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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