Legal Lessons for Lassie!
Did you get bit by a dog? Contact a dog lawyer and fight for the money you are owed! If a dog bites someone, the owner is usually held responsible. However there are many other states that there is a burden of proof on the person who was bitten to demonstrate that the dog was overly agressive and that the owner was negligent or actively violating a leash law or similar animal control regulation. Legal Pooch Practitioners fall on both sides of this one, some specializing in dog bite victims and others in defending owners. Dog bite lawyers can be found in any state in the US and will work to get you compensated for your injuries or protect your pup!
Renting With Rover:
Is your landlord giving you grief over your little tail-wagger? A dog lawyer is there to assist you in asserting your rights as a renter (and your dog's rights as...a dog). These counselors for curs (sorry, all the dog law sites I have been reading are getting to me. They are worse then me, I promise!) are on hand should a landlord renege on a rental agreement regarding your pup.
Need someone to decide who gets Fido when people split? Time to call in a canine lawyer! Ok, so this is where it really starts to get weird! Although most states classify your furry friend as property and the people it lives with as "owners," 16 states have now changed that classification to "guardian." If you are getting divorced in a state like this, you may be able to sue for dog custody. Dog lawyers have been known to use all sorts of ways of deciding which "guardian" gets the dog. A common practice in dog law is to have each person at a different end of the room and have them call the dog; finders keepers. Other dog lawyers will use dog experts to asses the dog's relationship with each person through a series of interviews, reading dog body language, and other techniques. One couple spent over $150,000 in a legal battle over their dog! My advise? A Pre-Pup Pre-Nup (Ok, no more!)
It's easy to find dog lawyers on the Internet and certainly entertaining to boot! One thing's for sure, these puppy practitioners will doggedly hound any fleabag who sticks his nose into your barker's business! (Sorry, sorry! It's them not me!)