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.


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|

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|