Animal control received a complaint about a dog that is under my watch but the real owner(landlord) doesn’t live with with us. Animal control gave me 24 hours to have her taken to vet and have paperwork results sent to them or they will take the dog and charge me with neglect or abuse. Is that legal? And what can I do to keep the dog?
Yes. It is a violation of Maryland law for a “person who has charge or custody of an animal, as owner or otherwise, to unnecessarily fail to provide the animal with: nutritious food in sufficient quantity; (ii) necessary veterinary care;( iii) proper drink; (iv) proper air;(v) proper space;(vi) proper shelter; or (vii) proper protection from the weather.” As you can see, this law applies not only to an animal’s “parent” but also to a person who has charge or custody of an animal. People who want to adopt or purchase an animal from another person should enter into an adoption or purchase agreement. The agreement should be signed by both parties. I hope this situation works out well for the dog and that she finds her way to a loving, forever home.
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