Pet Legal Q&A

///Pet Legal Q&A

Elinor D. Molbegott, is an attorney who maintains a law practice devoted to animal law. Elinor donates her time to answer questions from North Shore Animal League America supporters who would like to learn more about animal law.


I want my kitten back

We were skeptical about keeping her due to work schedules. We called this what we thought was an animal agency in our neighborhood well a lady came and picked her up saying she was going to take care of her until she can put her up for adoption. We now found out she is trading our kitten.

By |2018-06-25T10:30:04+00:00June 15th, 2018|

Surrender of dog

We adopted a great Pyrenees and he has anxiety issues and aggression towards our smaller dogs and cat. We would like to fix this behavior but cannot work with our local rescue organization to do so because of the adoption contract.

By |2018-06-25T10:13:22+00:00June 7th, 2018|

Verbal agreement not met

I gave a dog away to a man and we verbally agreed that I would have 6 months to decide before I signed her over completely to the new owner. It took me one day to change my mind that I couldn't give her up.

By |2018-06-25T10:20:37+00:00June 6th, 2018|

Adopted sick dog

My mom and I adopted this wonderful dog not that long ago from a shelter. The day we brought her home we noticed she was urinating non-stop. We took her to the vet and the vet prescribed her an antibiotic. A few days later the urine didn't stop so we called the vet again.

By |2018-06-22T15:16:41+00:00June 5th, 2018|

The return of my Poodle

I was arrested and my dog was taken by a shelter. I was unable to have my dog returned to me because I was in jail. How do I get my dog back?

By |2018-06-22T15:14:28+00:00June 5th, 2018|

Legal custody of dog

A woman in recovery asked asked me to care for her dog for 3 months. I've had the dog for 10 months and the owner hasn't paid for the care, as originally promised. I told her I want to adopt the dog but she refuses to give up claim to it.

By |2018-06-26T16:01:25+00:00May 29th, 2018|

My dog bit my roommate

My dog bit my roommate but they are not pressing charges. Even so, animal control still wants to down my dog.

By |2018-06-26T15:38:50+00:00May 29th, 2018|