Tag: Companion Animals

Animal Legal Defense Fund Urges Washington Supreme Court to Recognize Human Bond with Companion Animals

June 19, 2017
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the case of a Washington man who has sued for emotional distress damages after a veterinarian botched his dog Kaisa’s euthanasia

Case Inspiring Change in Florida Dog Bite Law Featured in The Florida Bar Journal

February 24, 2017
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.

New Michigan Law Empowers Animal Shelters to Deny Adoptions to Convicted Animal Abusers

January 24, 2017
Logan's Law allows Michigan animal shelters to deny adoptions under certain circumstances and to consider prior criminal history before adoption.

Animals in Film: Capitalizing on Suffering

January 23, 2017
The film A Dog’s Purpose has come under scrutiny after a video surfaced this week showing a distressed German shepherd being forced into churning water meant to simulate rapids on the set of the film.

Alaska Legislature Becomes First to Require Consideration of Animals’ Interests in Custody Cases

January 20, 2017
With the adoption of an amendment to its divorce law, Alaska has become the first state to empower judges to take into account the “well-being of the animal” in custody disputes involving nonhuman family members.

2016 Highlights

January 19, 2017
In 2016, three cases in particular highlight the importance and the broad range of our continuous work on behalf of animals.

Ohio Appeals Court Rules Dogs are Worth More Than “Fair Market Value”

December 13, 2016
Last month, the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision that had relied on a strict property analysis in restricting damages to fair market value in a case that involved the serious injury of a companion dog.

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