Litigating the Dangerous Dog Case

Date: January 29 2020 CLE Credits: 2 General

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Rebroadcast - January 29, 2020

  • 12:00-2:15pm PST / 1:00-3:15pm MST / 2:00-4:15pm CST / 3:00-5:15pm EST

Course Description

This program was recorded on March 28th, 2019

The world of animal law is changing rapidly as is the way the law views companion animals. Dogs today are able to be protected by orders of protection, they can be the beneficiaries of trusts, be represented by counsel and more and more. Courts are beginning to move closer to acknowledge the right to emotional damages for harming them. Unfortunately, dogs occasionally cause injuries to people and other animals, the penalty for which is often death (even when the law says they are innocent). This course looks at the dangerous dog statutes and prosecutions, the practice considerations and ethical dilemmas inherent in such prosecutions and offers practical advice to assist in representing our four legged clients.



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  • Richard Bruce Rosenthal
    After 30 years of practice I found my calling and rediscovered my passion for the law in 2009 when confronted with the imminent execution of a Greyhound named Lexus for doing what she had been bred for thousands of years to do. After saving her life, we started receiving calls from greyhound rescue groups all over the country asking for my advice and assistance on similar matters. Recognizing the need for this type of resource The Lexus Project was created. In 2011 after stepping in to save a Siberian husky facing death in Tolland, Ct. for killing chickens that drew some intense media coverage we realized that no dog was safe unless all were and redefined our mission to include defense for all breeds of dogs unjustly imprisoned or facing execution.

    After creating a new basis for asserting standing based upon the Pet Trust Statutes we have successfully litigated (and often changed laws and practices) in 29 States in over 100 cases. From there we started fighting (utilizing 42 USC 1983) to overturn breed specific legislation in Wisconsin and to rein in a humane society that was violating people’s civil rights and seizing and killing their pets without any due process in Ohio and challenging Connecticut’s procedures of seizing dogs and holding them for up to a year without affording the owners a hearing.

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      • 2 General Credits
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    1. Investigation
    2. The Media
    3. Offensive Pleadings
    4. Defenses
    5. Settlement
    6. Appeal
    7. Pleading Memoranda and Briefs

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