It doesn’t take long for a new pet to become a member of the family. Along with the joy and fun pets bring to our lives, they also bring the occasional headache. These tips are designed to help pet owners:
- Keep your pet under control at all times. You may be legally responsible for damages caused by your pet, especially if your pet has any history of biting humans, attacking other pets or showing a vicious character.
- Know your state and local laws regarding pet ownership.
Does your locality have a leash law? If so, what does it require? Does your locality require a pet tag or license and various inoculations? Knowing and complying with pet laws will help you avoid citations and court appearances.
- Does your locality enforce pet “nuisance laws”? These may include ordinances prohibiting excessive barking and require cleaning up after your pets. Knowing and complying with these rules will also help you avoid fines and potential problems with neighbors.
- Do you intend to breed your pet? Laws governing breeding vary greatly between localities and states. If you plan to breed your pet make sure you understand the laws or rules in your locality.
- If you are a renter be sure you understand the terms of your lease in regards to pets in your house or apartment. Do you have to pay an additional security deposit? Is there a limit on the number or weight of pets you can have? Understand the terms before you sign a lease or acquire a pet.
- Do the math before buying pet insurance to be sure it makes sense for you and your pets. Read all policy terms before you purchase to determine if the insurance covers events that concern you the most.
- Stay calm and rational when involved in a disagreement over a pet. Whether you are the pet owner or have been injured by someone else’s pet, it is important to handle the situation in a civil manner. Pet disputes can escalate quickly and lead to prolonged and unnecessary legal actions.
- Generally speaking, it is not recommended to put instructions for the care of a family pet in your Will. If you are concerned about planning for your pet’s care after your death, call your LegalShield provider law firm to discuss your options with an attorney who understands the laws in your state or province.
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