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This is a very difficult situation. Especially because it sounds like the judge has already made a ruling. You probably have a very limited period of time to either ask for reconsider, or to set aside the order, or appeal. These are very difficult legal motions, and you will need to probably get an attorney if you are serious about getting QQ and Nana back. I'm so sorry that this has happened. How terrible. I hope I have answered your question. Can you let me know if I have?
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Different expert here.
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As the other expert pointed out and as the website explains repeatedly before the click throughs, the experts o JustAnswer provide information on legal topics and answer questions. W can't prepare documents for you, we can't tell you specific language to use, etc. I don't think the other expert meant to be interpreted as just telling you to hire an attorney, I believe she was just trying to make it clear that this is a complicated matter and since you will be facing an attorney on the other side, actually the District attorney's office, then you likely will want to strongly consider hiring an attorney.
However, now that that is out of the way, are there specific questions that you need answered?
There is absolutely a chance that you can get the dogs back.
Did you have a hearing yet? I can't tell from your facts.
You can attach the letter to this. There should be a paperclip somewhere on your screen that allows you to attach documents. I need them attached in PDF or JPEG format.
No, there's no file showing on my screen.
That's strange. If you see the customer service button there on your screen you can contact the moderators and ask them for assistance. I am going to be going offline in a few minutes and will be back online tomorrow at some point.
We can certainly get this wrapped up this weekend and you can't file anything until Monday anyway.
Ah. that explains it.
Can you just type in the part you don't understand?
Give me just a few minutes to look at it.
What questions did you have about this?
No, this order says that you are "divested of ownership" which means they are taking the dogs from you and presumably putting them up for adoption at the animal shelter. The $422 is the costs that were incurred and may also bt eht costs of the spay/neuter as well.
What you are going to have to do is 1) put up a bond of $1500 and 2) appeal to the County Court at Law.
You have a very limited amount of time to appeal and you have to file a Notice of Appeal and put the amount of the bond into the registry of the court.
Yes, you deposit the money with the court.
You aren't required to have an attorney but you really do need one. These cases are extremely difficult and very few people can handle one without a lawyer.
If you win, yes, you should get it back. If you don't win then you may get some of it back but not most of it.
Nothing in this case. This is purely over either getting the dogs or not getting the dogs. You can discuss this with the attorney.
I haven't looked it up lately but I think it is ten days. These cases are unusual because there are three different sets of laws that apply. You have the civil rules, the criminal rules, and then there are sections of the Texas Health and Safety Code that apply.
As to the type of attorney your best choice would be to go to www.lawyers.com and in the section for Area of Practice enter Criminal Law.
What do you mean by that?
There aren't very many "animal lawyers" and you would really prefer someone with a lot of criminal trial experience. Most animal rights lawyers are advocates for the animals and don't actually go to trial much.
This is a public record so it will show up if someone does a thorough background check but I ton'd know that it would have much effect.
No, it varies tremendously depending on he experience of the lawyers, where they are located (and the metroplex area is pretty expensive), etc.
The only way to find out is to cal around and visit with lawyers.
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No. This case is solely about whether or not you get your dogs back or not.
If you want to pursue damages against the animal control board that would have to be a separate case.
You can certainly discuss this with your lawyer but it won't matter for this case.
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If the judge signs off on the order then it would resolve the issue. However, you don't want to miss the time for appeal trying to reach an agreement.