Animal Law

Animal law is designed to protect the welfare and interests of pets, wildlife, farm animals, animals used in entertainment, and animals used in research and experiments. In addition to defining the rights of animals, animal law also defines the rights of animal owners. Issues may include custody over pets in divorce disputes, veterinary malpractice, wrongful death or injury to a pet, enforceable trusts for pets, disputes involving "no pet" policies, and cruelty against animals, including the issue of who has standing to sue on behalf of animals.

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-  Liability of Dog Owners-  What You Need to Know When Adopting a Pet
-  Pet Trusts-  Rabies Vaccination: Surviving the Bite
-  Service Animals Have Rights, Too-  Veterinarian Malpractice - Is it Worth Suing?
-  What to Do If You Witness Animal Abuse-  Who's Liable For A Sick Pet?
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I moved in with my mom 2 years ago with my cat and she was willingly feeding him. Now I have moved o
I have documentation that I al the owner of this cat at multiple places. And text messages stating that I could get him and then saying I can't. I don't know if it helps but I also have tons of pictures when he was younger and la pet licence stating that he is mine. My mother has threatened me stating she will charge me with trespassing if I come to her property. I still have mail being received there.
If I already went to mediation do i need to file a response to the claim before I have my hearing in
This is a small claims case, I'm the defendant representing myself. I'm being sued by a dog breeder (I'm not even sure if she's even licensed to breed..) over a dog that was given to me from a friend. this friend, after a couple of weeks decided the dog was too much to handle and couldn't give the attention the dog needed, so she called the breeder back to have her take her back. the breeder repeatedly ignored or procrastinated about getting the dog back. So my friend was left to make a decision, I was able and willing to give the dog a good home so she gave her to me. Now the breeder is suing me, that I agreed to the same guidelines that she had with my friend, that was to take care of a litter of puppies for payment of the dog. So the dog was never pregnant and so the breeder wants 2500$ for the possible litter she "could have had" if she had the dog back. But in my eyes the breeder abandon the dog.
Can I sue my county for not doing their job?
I live in a county that has a leash law. I live on a street where I have been dealing with up to 7 dogs running loose on the street and leaving deposits in my yard since 2012 since I have been complaining to the dog catcher about this. Problem is on of the leash law abusers is a county employee and they are being called and given a copy of my emails and informed the dog catcher will be coming to the street so they put their dog in. I have been dealing with this since 2012 and can't get the county to do their job. I need help and now.
Is it legal for my HOA to tell me I have to keep my three outdoor domesticated cats on a leash or ke
My wife and I have cared for 3 outdoor domesticated cats for the past 7 years. These cats are gentle, but do roam freely. Someone in the community has now complained and has filed a complaint with the HOA, who then sent us a violation letter concerning The ROAMING issue. The letter states we are in violation of the association by-laws that all pets off one's property must be on a leash! These 3 cats have been properly cared for by our local veterinarian registered with Palm Beach County and pose no threat. The HOA is threatening us with fines or leans on our house if we don't comply within the next 60 days. We need to know if we have any legal recourse.
Service animal illegally trained and trainer will not do anything more.
I register my dog in service animal training and the trainer knew I did not have a disability and said that it was still legal to train him as one. After training was over he tells me it is illegal and my dog is a companion animal and refuses to refund my money. I contacted local PD and they do not know anything about service animals or the laws and told me to contact an attorney for them to decide if this is a civil or criminal case. I have tried to find one in my area but no luck. I was told that this is fraud for him training my dog and knowing full when it is illegal and not telling me that till the end of training.
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