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Olivia Willis’s Answers

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  • Do i have any legal rights over the dog after we broke up considering the dog lived with me 6 months after we split

    my ex brought 2 dogs into our relationship. when we split up both dogs stayed with me because he wasnt in any position to take back at least one of the dogs. one of the dogs he said i could have and the other i was housing till he could get back o...

    Olivia’s Answer

    So it sounds like the issue is just regarding 1 dog since he, according to you, gifted the dog to you. As for the other one, it sounds like it is technically still his dog since you only agreed to care for him until he got "back on his feet." However, I would request reasonable fees including medical, etc. that you spend in caring for the dog all this time. If he cannot pay you, then I agree with my colleague in that you should ask him if he would give you the dog and make sure this is in writing. In all future situations such as this, you should get any agreements in writing. That way it will not just be "he said", "she said" in court.

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  • How do I resolve an issue with a neighbor regarding our dogs?

    Our sweet lab had to be declared "potentially dangerous" because she got out and the neighbor felt afraid. The lab didnt bite or make ANY threatening motions toward the neighbor. The neighbor simply doesnt understand the overly friendly nature of...

    Olivia’s Answer

    It seems like perhaps we are missing some information on why your dog was declared "potentially dangerous" for something that appears so minor in the situation you have described. I am licensed in WA, but practice virtually. If you are looking for an attorney to assist you in court, I can give you a referral.

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  • My neighbor was dog sitting her daughters dog. he came under my fence into my yard, a fight ensued who is responsible?

    Her pom came under my fence, attacked my boston. My boxer/pit mix apparently bit the pom. The pom was put down after a 500 dollar vet bill was run up in my name. My boston has over 1000 dollars in medical bills as I am trying to save her eye. ...

    Olivia’s Answer

    The most important thing when you go into small claims court is to be organized. Have all your receipts, papers, notes, etc. with you and organized for the judge to easily sift through. Also, if you have any communications between you and your neighbor in writing, that would be helpful as well.

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  • I had to flee because my ex, leaving my pets behind. Now we are both charged with animal cruelty. Do I have a chance of fighting

    He threatened to kill me I had to leave my job, my home & get a restraining order. Now we both have 5 counts of cruelty. His name is not on the lease but he was living in my apartment before & after I fled. I was under the belief he was taking ca...

    Olivia’s Answer

    You definitely should find an attorney to represent you as this is more complex than can be answered online. The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has a listing of legal resources that may be available to you, including Pro Bono or low-cost services.
    http://www.nhcadsv.org/legal_resources.cfm.

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  • I'm thinking about going into animal law, or environmental law. Can you give me any tips/advice? Is this a good idea?

    Any information would be really helpful, such as whether or not you enjoy it, where you went to school, is it a good field to get into, anything. Just trying to ask real people before making that commitment! Thanks!

    Olivia’s Answer

    I became and Animal Attorney and Environmental Law Attorney after many years being an Environmental Scientist. However, right now I do not encourage anyone to go into law in any field as it is very expensive, there are not a lot of jobs available right now and the economy is still struggling. Right now I am licensed in a different state than where I live, so my main job is still as a scientist while I have a side business doing animal law, environmental law and some immigration law virtually. When I do become licensed where I live, I plan to work for the state agency I am working for now and although I may not make the wage I would in the private sector, it is a decent income and I will love what I do. I also only considered Animal Law as for my pro bono work, but right now while I have my side business, I can do so for pay. So my advice is to really consider the money, time and sacrifice involved as well as what you really want to do for a career very carefully before making that leap. There are several boutique firms that focus on environmental law in my area as well which are well known. I went to school at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portand, OR and loved it. My professor for Animal Law was great. Perhaps try volunteering with an environmental or animal law organization too to see if it is for you. Yes, non-profits do not pay well, but you also get a break on your student loans if you do work for such an agency.

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  • A friend gave me 12 of his snakes because when he moved he couldn't keep them all in his new apartment I have now had them

    for 6-8 months in my care alone and now he wants them back I have provided out of my own pocket all their necesarry needs to thrive and live happily I offered him back for the cost of care and boarding them and he won't pay he wants them back for ...

    Olivia’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague. I am licensed in WA, but practice virtually. However, I do have a referral if you do need to go to court.

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  • Can I be charged with my dog attacking someone if there were no injuries.

    I live in Utah and was cited for my dog(s) attacking someone. I didn't see the alleged attack, and the accuser did not substain any injuries from encountering my dogs. What proof would have to be proved by him or myself if I wanted to take it to ...

    Olivia’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague. Also, assuming you are just fighting the citation, this is generally an administrative process and you would just request a date to present your argument to the municipality that issued the citation. The information should be on your citation on how to proceed. I don't know all the details by your question alone, but I would demonstrate to the municipality that I was doing all I could to prevent any alleged attacks (fence secured if you were not home, etc.) and also that your vaccinations were current so that they know you were being a responsible pet owner.

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  • Animal control issues with an obvious drug dealer.In our county we do not have animal control and our law enforcement is small

    and limited.We have a few houses nearby that are obviously involved in drug activity.A woman who is engaged in such behavior has started to let her pit bulls loose (not worried b/c they are pits, im worried b/c they are dogs capable of doing damag...

    Olivia’s Answer

    I agree with the above in speaking with your nearest lawyer that is familiar with TX law regarding shooting the dogs on your property. http://www.texasbar.com/am/template.cfm?section=home.

    In addition to looking at your state bar, you may want to also speak with your nearest Humane Society/SPCA even if outside of your county since you do not have animal control. Many deal very much with "dangerous dog" issues and may be able to provide tips on your available resources. There may be cruelty issues as well if she is training them to be attack dogs to harm other animals and humans.

    Regarding the woman, have you tried tipping the federal govt as you believe drug dealing is involved? Just curious since you say that the local govt is not of assistance.

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