February 2017 Animal Law Update

Animal Law Update is a monthly feature designed to keep our law student and legal professional network informed about the latest in animal law news.

Court Dismisses Lawsuit in Fatal Shooting of Two Family Dogs by Police

The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a civil suit involving the fatal shooting of two family dogs by police officers. Although in this case the court found the actions of the officers reasonable, the sad outcome for these dogs, who committed no crime, likely could have been prevented. Read more on this story.

 

 

Change in Florida Dog Bite Law

In a victory for due process in dog bite cases, a Florida law passed last year allows guardians of dogs accused of causing serious injury to a person to mount a defense on behalf of the animal to save that animal’s life. Learn more about what caused this change and what it means for dogs.

San Francisco Bans Sale of Dogs and Cats in Retail Stores

San Francisco has become the latest jurisdiction to outlaw the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in retail stores. San Francisco’s new ordinance, passed unanimously by the city’s Board of Supervisors, prohibits retail stores from selling commercially bred dogs and cats, and instead encourages stores to partner with animal shelters and rescue groups to display adoptive animals. Read the full story of why San Francisco adopted this ordinance.

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