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Dog's Life: Humane
ABCs of Bites
Our dog law expert offers counsel on first bites, “free” bites, and laws with bite
Dog Law
Q: We recently moved to a wonderful new neighborhood and in honor of the occasion, our dog decided to nip our new neighbor—and her dog. My husband says not to worry since it “was the first time that’s ever happened and the first bite is free,” but I plan on entertaining a few worries anyway. Tonight’s guest list includes: Does the “one free bite” rule apply to a single bite or to a single...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dog Law: Dogs and Disasters
Going astray and finding solutions
Q: As a flood victim, my grief over not being able to find my dog is slowly being eclipsed by my frustration in dealing with a local animal shelter that seems clueless as to what, if anything, they are required to do by law to help me. Have any of our states or counties enacted post-Katrina legislation that might actually aid reunions of pets and owners following a natural disaster? A: About two...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Dog Law: Dogs in the workplace
Ask the Expert
Q: At the business where I work, I have pleaded with my boss to allow me to bring my dog, arguing that it would make me a better employee. He’s generally sympathetic to the idea, but his hesitancy in actually approving my request triggers a question: Do workers have any legal right to have companion pets at work if it makes them more productive or mentally healthier? A: Certainly, if you have an...
News: Guest Posts
Animal Protection v. Free Speech
The Supreme Court ponders protecting dog-fighting videos.
In the movie The Contender, a female nominee for vice-president explains her unwillingness to defend herself against false accusations this way: “Principles only mean something when you stick to them when it is inconvenient.” Her comment resonates with the larger notion that the First Amendment embodies several core principles, not the least of which expresses our profound respect for the freedom...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Dog Law: What are a Vet's Obligations?
Veterinary practice … and malpractice
Question: I consider my dog to be my child. Does my vet have the same obligations toward her as a pediatrician does to a child? Answer: When you take your child to a pediatrician, three roles develop: doctor, patient and patient’s parent. Since the patient is a minor, the doctor must rely on you as parent to consent to decisions about the child’s health, and you must rely on him or her as to the...
Dog's Life: Humane
Dog Law: Animal Control Hearings
The inside scoop
Question: What are animal control hearings?Answer: Every county, city and town has its own local laws, called “municipal codes.” The code sections that apply specifically to animal care and ownership come under the heading “animal control.” When local officials believe a resident has violated a code section, the resident is issued a citation (aka “a ticket”), and a hearing is held to determine if...