Tag Archives: animal law


Posted 1 year ago in Crime by Aaron Kase  
Man Faces Murder Charges in Pit Bull Attack

A California man is facing murder charges after his pit bulls attacked and killed a woman near Los Angeles. Maria Devitt, 63, was out walking or jogging on May 9 when four dogs set on her and ended her life with “150 to 200 puncture wounds and sharp force trauma across her body.” Since the animals themselves cannot be charged, the law has come down on their owner instead. Police found Devitt’s blood on dogs belonging to Alex Donald Jackson, …

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Posted 2 years ago in Personal Injury by Aaron Kase  
Man Sues His Maybe-Wife for Vicious Housecat Attack

A Chicago-area man is suing a woman for $100,000, claiming that her cat attacked him in 2011. William Baxter filed the suit last month against Christine Bobak, alleging that the animal “viciously attacked, bit and clawed” him while he was taking care of it.  Illinois law lays out the manner in which the lawsuit can proceed. “There are two avenues of liability,” explains Joseph Klest, a personal injury attorney with the Klest Injury Law Firm in Illinois. “It’s the same with …

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Posted 2 years ago in Animal Law Your Home & The Law by Janet Raasch  
Laws on Owning Pit Bulls

Each decade has its “dangerous dog.” In the 1970s, it was Doberman pinschers. In the 1980s, it was German shepherds. In the 1990s, it was Rottweilers. Today, it’s pit bull terriers. Pit bulls were bred, originally in England, to combine the gameness of terrier breeds with the strength and athleticism of bulldog breeds. The term usually includes American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire terriers and any crosses among the three.   Pet or Pariah? When properly exercised, trained …

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Posted 2 years ago in Real Estate Your Family & The Law by Jennifer King  
Read the Latest Issue of ‘Your Home & The Law’ Newsletter

Seniors More Likely to Face Foreclosure While the mortgage crisis seems to have fallen out of the news, seniors in particular are still reeling from its effects. Caught in a cycle of decreasing income but increasing expenses, the elderly have proven especially vulnerable to foreclosures. Find Out More…   Drillers Hose Texas Landowners with Fast & Dirty Fracking Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”—a method of oil and gas extraction—is already controversial because of charges that the process is harmful to the …

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Posted 2 years ago in by Aaron Kase  
California Law Blocks Mandatory Declawing of Pets

Landlords in California can no longer force tenants to declaw or devocalize their pets as a condition of renting a property, thanks to a new anti-cruelty law. Property owners can still ban animals from a dwelling outright; however the days of allowing only clawless cats and barkless dogs are over. The legislation passed in September stems from objections over surgical procedures that might cut down on property damage or noise complaints, but can be painful and cause permanent damage to …

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