animal law

  • 8 Insane Animal Laws You Won’t Believe Still Exist

    8 Insane Animal Laws You Won’t Believe Still Exist

    Animal legislation is changing everywhere but in some places it's just strange... Old laws that may have served a purpose long ago remain in the legal books to this day...

  • Joint custody of the family pet?

    Joint custody of the family pet?

    When a couple gets divorced, it isn’t unusual for the parents to get joint custody of the children, including visitation rights; the same applies to pet dogs and cats.

  • Chicago passes anti-puppy mill legislation

    Chicago passes anti-puppy mill legislation

    Chicago joins Los Angeles, San Diego, Toronto, and other cities in banning the sale of puppy mill dogs, rabbit mill rabbits, and kitten factory cats, in pet stores.

  • “Hey, that’s my dog (or cat): Give her back now!”

    “Hey, that’s my dog (or cat): Give her back now!”

    You adopt a dog or cat from a shelter. Weeks later, someone claims the pet is theirs and threatens legal action. Who is right? An expert explains the legal options.

  • There ought to be a law

    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: […]

  • Pets and your will: Protecting your animals’ future

    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

    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 […]

  • Update: Missouri’s Prop B rewritten in favor of breeders

    Update: Missouri’s Prop B rewritten in favor of breeders

    Confession: I’m confused by the revisions to Prop B that came out of yesterday’s congressional assembly in Missouri. On Wednesday, the House voted 85 to 71 to alter the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, which Missouri citizens passed last November. The revised bill now heads to Governor Jay Nixon’s desk. A couple of the […]

  • Animal abuse registry — and why the HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle opposes it

    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 […]