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July 22, 2019

The Third District Court of Appeal of Florida affirmed Jose Reyes's judgment and sentence on three counts of aggravated animal cruelty for killing three sheep.  Reyes argued on appeal that the evidence could only support convictions for misdemeanor animal cruelty becau...

July 11, 2019

Anthony Joseph Avella was charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license and cruelty to animals after he injured his miniature dachshund, Thor, in an attempt to treat the dog for a medical condition.  Avella ultimately took Thor to a veterinarian, and Th...

March 14, 2019

We’ve all seen the horrific pictures of marine animal carcasses washed up on Florida’s beaches.  Animals emblematic of our state’s wildlife—such as manatees, dolphins, and sea turtles—have been turning up dead at alarming rates.  The harmful algae blooms (HABs) darkeni...

January 4, 2019

As the values of our society have changed over time, often very slowly over decades, our laws have naturally followed suit.  During the last two decades in this country we have seen an accelerating awareness of animals' sentience and intelligence as well as an increase...

November 3, 2018

Who: Many activist groupshave long called for legislation to end greyhound racing in Florida.  Throughout the years, the groups were successful in rallying support for bills through both the House and the Senate, only to have those bills die in various committees....

October 16, 2018

This article was originally published in the Florida Home Builder Magazine, Fall 2018 ed.  Reprinted with FHBA permission.

     Residential developments in Florida increasingly encroach into black bear habitat.  While not typically aggressive, bears can cause probl...

September 16, 2018

It has been illegal in California since 2000 to test on animals where there is an appropriate alternative method available.  But the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB 1249) would go one step further by banning the sale of cosmetics and personal hygiene products...

September 10, 2018

Jennifer Dietz is one of the founders of the Animal Law Section (ALS) and a pioneer in the field of animal law. Her firm, Animal Law Attorneys, LLC, was the first law firm in Florida to be devoted solely to animal law issues. She has lectured and written extensively on...

August 30, 2018

The Florida First District Court of Appeal affirmed a postconviction court's summary denial of Charles Johnson's claim of ineffective assistance where trial counsel failed to object to police testimony that his K-9 unit could detect a fleeing suspect.  Officer Michael...

August 1, 2018

Yvette H. Ayala is a trademark and business attorney at Rogero Law in Coral Gables, where she provides counsel to startup companies and serial entrepreneurs. Yvette is the eldest of three siblings and from a young age was motivated by the concept of fairness and justic...

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