May 16, 2016

Recognizing the concern arising from recent incidents of animal escapes, Dade City's Wild Things hosted a class designed to teach law enforcement how to deal with escaped animals.  The class focused on skills such as how to observe escaped animals and how to set up a perimeter around a wild animal on the run.  The goal is to make sure responders know how to react to an escaped and potentially dangerous animal.  "If it’s a cow...

April 15, 2016


George Wilkinson Jr. faces criminal charges for soliciting sex with an animal on Craigslist's Casual Encounters.  The twenty-one year old Tallahassee man is alleged to have advertised on Craigslist seeking owners willing to let their dog perform sex acts on Wilkinson.  When confronted by police, Wilkinson  acknowledged placing the ad but claimed he did so as a joke, curious whether anyone would respond.


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April 15, 2016

Lola, a dachshund mix, died nine months after staying at a kennel.  Now, the Georgia Supreme Court must determine the value of the deceased pet.  Lola's owners, the Monyaks, want to recover the $67,000 in expenses spent on Lola over her lifetime and also have the jury consider Lola's "actual value" to the family. 

Most state courts that have looked at this issue have determined that family's cannot recover for "non-ec...

April 15, 2016

The Manatee County Sheriff’s K9 unit has a new addition from an unusual background. Gia, a mixed-breed rescue dog who was adopted from Bradenton’s Bishop Animal Shelter, is now one of only a few electronics-sniffing dogs in the US. The success of Gia represents victory on two fronts for the K9 unit.

Electronics-sniffing dogs have proven to be vitally important in recent criminal investigations. These dogs have the ability to de...

April 15, 2016

Commencing July 1, 2016, the Animal Law Committee of the Florida Bar will become The Florida Bar’s newest Section.  The Section aims to promote the growth, practice, and appreciation of animal law, a growing legal specialty that cuts across many other areas of the law.  Of course animal law touches on domestic animals such as pet dogs and cats, but also includes equine law, agricultural law such as issues regarding livestock a...

April 15, 2016

In response to several recent issues with nonnative venomous snakes in Florida, including the escape of Elvis the King Cobra in Orange County, Florida Wildlife officials have been working to change existing rules regulating captive wildlife.  Florida has about 280 active venomous reptile licenses.  A committee is currently considering a classification system based on native and non-native reptiles and potentially an outright p...

April 15, 2016

Carmenza Piedrahita was sentenced to 30 days in jail when her cat Toby died of complications from a botched "do-it-yourself" declawing.  Prosecutors charged Piedrahita with felony animal cruelty after allowing Geronimo Gonzalez, 72, and Jose Diaz, 56, to perform the unlicensed procedure.  Piedrahita claims that she believed Gonzalez was licensed, but police believe Piedrahita knew full well that the free procedure was not legi...

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