August 26, 2016

A new unit to help prosecute animal cruelty cases in Orange and Osceola counties was announced in late July.  The impetus to form the unit came after a case, which spanned two years, ended a dog fighting ring, led to the arrest of the 26 people involved, and saw the rescue of 33 animals.  The specialized unit consists of 13 volunteer attorneys who have elected to accept the additional caseload.  Last year law enforcement refer...

August 26, 2016

Florida's First District Court of Appeal recently affirmed a jury instruction by which Donald Kervin was found guilty of felony cruelty for failing to prevent the suffering of his dog Chubbie.  In 2012, animal control officers responded to Kervin's residence where they were met by the smell of rotting flesh.  They discovered Chubbie locked in a sweltering laundry room and exhibiting open, maggot-infested wounds.  Chubbie was t...

August 26, 2016

A former licensed jockey was bitten by a horse while visiting a ranch in Ocala.  He sued the owners of the ranch, alleging negligence.  The owners of the ranch responded that Florida's Equine Activities Liability Act (codified in chapter 773 of the Florida Statutes), immunized them from suit.  The Third District agreed, noting that "the Act's general intent is to limit the liability of Florida's equine facilities for injuries...

August 26, 2016

Horses have participated in every Olympic Summer Game since 1912.  At the Rio Games, riders have described their horse companions as "smart and funny," "quiet . . . and very sensitive," and "very sweet and evolved into a very solid competitor."  Some competitors describe the relationship between the rider and the horse as the most important aspect of equestrian sporting.  Steffan Peters, who competed in his fourth Olympic game...

August 26, 2016

In the latest development in years of federal court challenges to the navy’s peacetime use of sonar, the Ninth Circuit reversed a decision of the Northern District of California that had upheld rules adopted by the National Marine Fisheries Service

(NMFS) for the use of low-frequency active sonar systems in navy training missions.  Those rules, adopted in 2012, permitted the navy to use low-frequency active sonar (as compa...

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