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Friday, June 5, 2009

Pet Laws

Pet Law. What Is It?

Pet Law, an area of law that focuses on 'Companion Animals', is a niche within the practice of Animal Law.

Pet Laws govern issues that deal with pet ownership, animal cruelty, animal breeding and animal estate planning.

A Closer Look

Pet Ownership/Companion Animals

Companion animals include dogs, cats, horses and birds.

Legal issues surrounding our pets often involve liability for injuries, property damage, and excessive noise.

Most states have enacted statutes that hold a pet owner liable for all personal injuries and property damage inflicted by their animals. Some states limit liability to instances where the owner knew or had reason to know that their pet was dangerous or volatile.

In cases of extreme negligence, or when injuries are especially severe, the state may impose criminal penalties owner but pet owners may be able to defend claims against them if they can prove that the victim provoked the pet, the victim was trespassing or breaking the law, or that the victim knowingly undertook the risk of injury.

Many states have enacted laws that provide remedies to those who complain of excessive noise from neighboring animals, specifically dogs. In states that don't address this issue directly, general nuisance laws may be used to obtain relief.

Other legal issues include landlord-tenant disputes, vaccination requirements and wrongful death actions brought by owners for the loss of a pet.

Animal Cruelty

Animal protection laws regulate the abuse of animals. The Animal Welfare Act authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture to regulate the use of animals in research settings, circuses and zoos. Additionally, every state criminalizes the commission of inhumane acts against animals. In many states, violation of these laws is treated as a felony.

Animal cruelty laws address a wide variety of issues, including owner neglect, pet mills and animal laboratory testing. The Humane Society of the United States works to shield animals from mistreatment by investigating potential abusers.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is another prominent animal rights organization that seeks to protect abused animals through the legal system. The ALDF brings a number of lawsuits each year in an effort to eliminate animal cruelty.

Animal Breeding

The Animal Welfare Act, as well as individual state laws, regulate animal breeding. Such laws may restrict the breeding of particular types of animals, or ban the ownership of certain animals altogether.

These animals are typically considered "vicious" creatures that pose serious risks to the community.

By limiting the number of animals that may be bred, breeding laws also seek to reduce the number of homeless and neglected pets.

Animal Estate Planning

Animal Estate Planning is a relatively new issue in Animal Law. Pet owners are increasingly seeking legal guidance to establish trusts for their animals.

Pet trusts provide for the care of an animal in the event of the owner's disability or death. In a traditional pet trust, the beneficiary of the trust is given detailed instructions for the proper care of the pet and may access the trust to pay for the pet's expenses.

Pet trusts give pet owners assurance that their animals will be cared for according to their specific wishes

In Conclusion

I hope you found something interesting in this peek inside pet laws. If you have any questions regarding any of the above areas, please feel free to email me at I'll provide any help I can.

Thanks for reading."

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