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What to do when Animal Control Comes Knocking

Discussion in 'Laws & Legislation' started by Tiara, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. masta of game

    masta of game Banned


    What to Do When Animal Control Comes Knocking
    by George J. Eigenhauser, Jr.
    Author George J. Eigenhauser, Jr. is an Attorney at Law licensed in the State of California since 1979. George practices in the areas of civil litigation and estate planning.
    ANTI-DOG ENFORCEMENT - What Every Dog Owner Needs To Know

    You may receive telephone inquiries concerning the number of dogs you own and whether any dogs or puppies are for sale. Other questions may also be asked.

    Your response should be to inquire "Are you interested in a puppy?" If the answer is "yes", ask that person for his name, address and phone number. Suggest that you or a responsible breeder will contact that person at a more convenient time for you.

    If the answer is friendly and genuinely inquisitive, invite the person to look at your puppies.

    If the question asked is, "What is the price of each puppy?” simply say that puppies of this type are being sold for between "X" and "Y" dollars. Never say that you are selling them.

    If the question is asked "Are these your puppies?” you should ask "Why do you want to know?"

    If your conversation indicates that the person is representing the county clerk's office or allegedly representing an official body, ask the caller for:
    NATURE OF THE INQUIRY (what it is about)

    Preventative Measures:

    1. [*]Always keep your kennel clean and take good care of your animals.
      [*]Consider a P.O. Box or other address for business cards and advertisements. Keep descriptions of your location general (i.e. Southern California, rather than the name of the City where you live). The Internet can provide anonymity for initial contacts. You can even buy a "remote prefix" to get a phone number from a nearby community forwarded to your phone or to a voice mail. Avoid local newspaper classifieds, they are often monitored.
      [*]Screen any potential puppy buyers carefully. Always be alert that they may be Animal Control or even Animal Rights working under cover.
      [*]Don't allow strangers into your home until you have screened them.
      [*]Be fair and honest in all of your dealings, and be on good terms with your neighbors. Most animal control contacts are complaint-driven. Some complaints may arise as harassment by people with unrelated grievances against you. It may be a disgruntled dog buyer, or a cranky neighbor who doesn't like you parking in front of his house.
      [*]Anything about you that can be observed in "plain sight" from the street or sidewalk can become probable cause for a warrant. Even areas on your property open to visitors can be dangerous. Be aware of which areas of you home are visible from the outside, and plan accordingly.
      [*]If you are confronted by Animal Control, and turn them away, assume they will be back. Use the time available to make sure everything is clean and presentable. If you are over limit on the number of pets, find friends who can provide temporary shelter for your dogs.
    Whatever you do, stay calm and keep your wits about you.
    Just say "no," no matter what threats or promises of leniency they make.
    When in doubt, say nothing and speak to a lawyer afterwards.
  2. This is a very good topic indeed. It depends on the area of the country that you live in as far as the lengths they are willing to go. They can and will use any means necessary to get access to your yard.
  3. ClayLan

    ClayLan Pup

    good info to have. i have no reason for this to ever happen but its nice to know that you do have some rights.
  4. redrumdog

    redrumdog Top Dog

    Words to live by.Good post.Ask for a warrant then shut up.
  5. pcross

    pcross Pup

    What about when you are in your car, what rights do the police have as far as ur pet goes if u are pulled over or have stopped and they approach to see what is going on. My daughter and her husband were with my other son on way home from a 90 mile trip, my grand daughter 2 1/2 at the time had to go to the bathroom no stops around out in middle of country type area. they had their 6 mo pit with them sweet dog, my grand daughter was crying and holding him when the police pulled up he came to car and told my daughter to shut the dog up or he could shoot it?????? any dog would have barked she was upset and he was a stranger. What rights do we have ? any help on where to go to get our legal rights and their limitations would be appreciated. I recently got a puppy and am so worried, he barks and i'm trying to teach him to stop on command but. he doesn t bark all the time just at people he doesn t know and not all the time. any suggestions don't want him shot I love him.
  6. Brodie

    Brodie Pup

    All it takes is one false complaint and your dogs will be taken from ur house, dragged out on catch poles.
  7. Thank you for the information!
  8. Epona

    Epona Banned

    When i read in the Newssection what happens to APBT owners and the Dogs when HSUS or others knock on your in the US.
    I guess i would put em down on the Doorstep, than my Dogs and last but not least myself.
  9. pilar24

    pilar24 Pup

    ok so heres my question,
    i have a 11 month pitbull puppy. if we leave the front door open she will run to the streets or to greet people shes not aggressive at all. so last tuesday she ran out and ran to a dog and since i know my puppy she went to play with other dog and the other dog and her got into a fight the owner of the other dog to stop the fight she went between them and was on top of my dog while she was on top her the other owners dog was biting her face she called the cops on me the cop was a total asshole the lady was saying dog bite her and bunch of crap right so now shes trying to get animal control on me what should i do i need help with this because since shes a pitbull im scared they everything on her i live in florida i need help please!
  10. FrankDublin

    FrankDublin CH Dog

    Contain your dog you shouldnt have a pitbull or any dog you are in the wronge totaly you get what you get no help for stupidity
  11. treezpitz

    treezpitz CH Dog Staff Member

    I agree, you deserve what you get. Might sound harsh but it's people like you who give "proper" apbt owners a bad image. If you're lucky enough to keep your dog, use this as a learning lesson and keep the dog confined. smh
  12. shotgun wg

    shotgun wg Big Dog

    If u are not in control of ur dog u are liable. A dog that can run to the street at will is out of control.

  13. Laced Wit Game

    Laced Wit Game Yard Boy

    let er have it boys! pinata time!!!
  14. thecableguy

    thecableguy Big Dog

  15. thecableguy

    thecableguy Big Dog

  16. treezpitz

    treezpitz CH Dog Staff Member

    lol at times I swear some of these post are people trying to come up with the dumbest questions possible....but then I realize there are people out there that are really that clueless...forgot to stop by the "common sense" department during birth I suppose
  17. ABD456

    ABD456 Big Dog

    I had a problem with a dog that would figure out how to get out, I had him chained until the spca kept bothering my mom who was staying with me at the time about the dog being on chain. I eventually rehomed him. My other dogs aren't problems but my neighbor is always calling them to give them a rub which causes my dogs to jump up the fencing and get themselves cut.
  18. ATEXAN

    ATEXAN Big Dog

    First and foremost before AC ever comes be proactive and inform yourself. Go to google type in your city or if you live outside the city your county or parish then animal ordinance. Look up your local ordinances involing animals read and understand them. Then save them on your phone. Then when animal control comes you are knowledgeable. They will try to intimidate you they will lie to your face but as soon as you start quoting animal ordinances and use the numbers (ex. pertaining to ordinance 90.02 a nuisance animal is defined as...) they shut up and start back peddling because now you actually know more than them. Knowledge is power. Most importantly if you have a smart phone or video recorder of any kind take it out and record your encounter with AC. So when you catch them trying to bully or lie to you and you call them on it.... You now have proof of them harassing you and a possible lawsuit against them....
    david63 likes this.
  19. ragedog10

    ragedog10 Top Dog

    A Texan is correct know the law and keep your yard clean and in order, a dirty yard just looks bad !! But keep your damn dog confined at all times no dog should be able to run free and play ! Seriously that is how your dog got into a fight because of your ignorance, you cant be mad at the other owner for holding your dog down its your fault and for them saying they got bit well hey thats your fault too, for treating your dog like a person, common sense goes along way if you had a child that could open the front door and would run outside play every time some one goes by would you fix the door or wait till the child got hurt badly and then try in justify it as some one esles fault when really the blame lies on you. There is nothing cute about a dog running around the streets free playing as you, its a accident thats gonna happen, then you will be so heart broken when the dogs gets put down or ran over when what happened was avoid able and totally your fault be a better owner. Yis Ole Man
  20. Jdll13

    Jdll13 Big Dog

    Sadly it's not just some people that are this clueless, it's the majority.
    david63 likes this.

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