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.


Legally adopting a dog from the previous owner

A mutual friend suggested me as a "forever home" for a dog who's owner had passed. I want to prevent the dog from being taken away from us by the original owner's son after having provided him a loving home and much needed medical examinations.

By |2018-06-26T16:00:59+00:00May 14th, 2018|

Breeder sold me a sick cat

I bought a cat a month ago from a breeder. The breeder said the cat was healthy, but after a month I took him to the vet for the shots and the doctor said he has a testicle problem and needs surgery.

By |2018-06-29T10:37:54+00:00May 12th, 2018|

Kitten passed after purchased from pet store

I bought a kitten at a pet store in early April. The kitten soon after the purchase displayed symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. I spent the rest of this month treating my kitten with antibiotics and she even stayed at the hospital for 2 days.

By |2018-06-29T12:26:38+00:00May 2nd, 2018|

My kitten was being held for me while I was getting an apartment and my friend gave the kitten to her neighbor, how do I get my kitten back?

My cat was being held for me by my friend who ended up letting her neighbor hold on to her for a few days because she got scratched in her face. Then the neighbor tried saying that it was her cat that she held onto it for almost a month when my friend did not have the cat for a month she only had her for at least 5 days.

By |2018-05-21T16:54:33+00:00April 24th, 2018|

Lost emotional support animal

My son's emotional support animal got out. I was told that some people in a neighborhood in the area where she was last seen are known for taking in strays and keeping them.

By |2018-05-24T10:02:15+00:00April 24th, 2018|