Starving dog found with coffee can around neck
Dallas area authorities are investigating a likely case of horrific animal cruelty today after an emaciated dog was turned in to the Dallas Animal Services shelter with a rusted metal coffee can around her neck. Shelter staff members sprung into action immediately Sunday after the dog, a mixed breed ironically named Java, was brought to […]
Man gets maximum sentence for attacking neighbor’s dog
The man behind a brutal attack on a Golden Retriever has been given the maximum sentence for his heinous crime. Orting, Wash., resident Ricky Lee Knowles, 55, will spend the next six months of his life behind bars for bludgeoning his neighbor’s dog, Kona, with a weapon. Police report that, on March 20, Knowles used […]
Best and worst states for animal protection laws in 2011
Yesterday, CatTime.com reported on Lucky, an abused cat in Kentucky. The Animal Legal Defense Fund ranked the Bluegrass State 50th — last — in terms of animal protection laws in a 2011 report. The 2011 U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings examined the animal protection laws in all 50 states, and based their findings on a […]
Make arrangements for companions while you can
A recent incident involving a deceased Chicago-area woman and her pet cat Boots being spared euthanasia illustrate the importance of estate planning in regards to pets.
Retired police dog rescued from neglectful handler
Officer Francisco Ibarra and Ingo used to patrol the streets, keeping the town of Watsonville, CA, safe. But now, it seems that Ingo was the one in need of protection. In mid-February, an anonymous tip led the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County to the Salinas home of former […]
There ought to be a law
We often hear about a situation involving an animal that concludes with a passionate statement like, “There ought to be a law!” The implication is that a law would fix the problem. However, that is not always the case. Animal law overview Throughout the country, many laws affect animals and are enacted at several levels: […]
Animal Law: an introduction
Over the past 20 years, “Animal Law” has become more popular and has earned legitimacy as an area of legal practice. So what exactly is it? Essentially, Animal Law is any kind of legal work that involves non-human animals. Often Animal Law is thought of in terms of helping animals, but that’s not always the […]
Pets and your will: Protecting your animals’ future
Several years ago, a horribly sad story emerged about a single man who died leaving behind a couple of companion animals. Although he had friends who were willing to take the animals in, that was not immediately known; instead the man’s brother swept in and had the animals euthanized before anyone realized they needed to […]
Katrina Dog Inspires Woman to Go to Law School
By Katie Bray Barnett for StubbyDog.org When animal control came for my dog Katrina, I seriously considered running. I thought about hiding her and denying that I even knew who she was. Instead, in response to the banging on the door, I invited the officers in to meet her and to hear her story. In […]
How to include pet in my will?
Question: What should the average person do to create a good plan for their pets? Answer: 38 states have pet trusts statutes, and if you are in one of these states you can create a pet trust for the care of your pet. The pet trust can be part of the will or in a […]
Animal abuse registry — and why the HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle opposes it
Yesterday I received two emails from two different animal welfare groups taking opposing views on the same topic. The first came from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and featured a photo of Justin, the 19-pound Doberman found starving and on the brink of death in a foreclosed home. The ALDF was reporting two […]
Basic Dog Laws
What dog owners should know
Who gets the dog after a divorce?
Pet custody battles are becoming more and more common. When married pet owners divorce, the animal they shared often finds itself at the center of their split. Monthly support payments, visitation rights, restraining orders, custody battles, and legal fees: Sounds like the usual bitter divorce battle, right? Not so fast. This time Kramer v. Kramer […]
Why is estate planning for pets important?
Question: Why is estate planning for the care of pets important? Answer: Twenty-five years ago, when I was in law school, it was my perception that planning for the care of animals was not considered important, and was not taken seriously. But since then, there has been a dramatic change–the importance that we as a […]
Do most create wills for pets?
Question: Do you find that most people make provisions in their wills or elsewhere for the care of their pets? Answer: No, and most attorneys drafting wills do not make the care of pets a routine part of the estate planning process. The pet owner must insist that provision be made for the care of […]
Pet trust statutes?
Question: Can you tell me which states have pet trust statutes? Answer: Here is a list of the 38 states and the District of Columbia which have Pet Trust Statutes: 1. Alabama 2. Alaska 3. Arizona 4. Arkansas 5. California 6. Colorado 7. District of Columbia 8. Florida 9. Hawaii 10. Idaho 11. Illinois 12. […]
Dog bite law?
Question: My dog recently bit my neighbor’s ten-year-old (skin wasn’t broken). She’s not a vicious dog, but legally am I in trouble? Answer: Under U.S. law, dog bites inflicting injury or harm are unequivocally considered a “dangerous” activity for which liability may be imposed on the dog’s owner. The potential imposition of liability depends upon […]
The fight over a dog bite: 7 ways to protect you and your pup
7 things you can do to protect your pup and yourself
Landlords and pets: What to know before you sign a lease
Pet owners searching for an apartment know it can sometimes be difficult finding a landlord willing to rent to you and your dog or cat. But once you find the perfect place, there are certain precautions you should take before signing your name to a lease and moving in. Landlords are not necessarily skeptical of […]
Dog barking: How to deal with an incessantly barking dog
Every night, when you’re about to drift off to sleep, it starts. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof… The barking from the next-door-neighbor’s dog often goes on for hours. While you love dogs and have a furry family member yourself, no one likes to lose sleep or be disturbed by them. So how does a courteous […]