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Puppy Problems? Doggie Divorce? Time to Call in the Dog Lawyers!

By Edited May 1, 2015 0 0

Legal Lessons for Lassie!


A new "breed" of lawyer has become more popular in recent years: the Dog Lawyer. Now before you start laughing (there will be time for that later!) you should know that the dog lawyer is serious business! First came doggie daycare, followed by such trends as dog yoga and dog therapy. Dog lawyers are becoming more important in a range of different aspects of the modern pet owner's life and dog law is booming business! A quick search turns up loads of legal services for dogs, and many of the websites acknowledge the humor. If you check out a doggie law site you will find that puns are abundant along with pictures, drawings and cute videos of dogs (I have started reading dog law sites for fun) but underneath that surface they stand ready to guard your dog from any legal problems.
There are now millions of dogs in the United States alone, and with this comes legal problems with dogs. Dog law firms offer services ranging from dog attack settlements, to custody battles over the pooch. Didn't scoop the poop? You probably need a lawyer to get you out of the doghouse!


Dog lawyer
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Man Bites Dog: Dog Bite Law:
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!


Dog law bite
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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.

Dog attack lawyer
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Dog Divorce Debates:
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!)
Remember: To err is human, to forgive; canine (Ok, now I'm really done!)




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