May 16, 2016

Within the State of Florida, there are 17 wildlife facilities that have earned accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Within the framework of AZA, partner institutions collaborate on numerous large scale conservation initiatives, one of which is known as a Species Survival Plan® (SSP).  The mission of an SSP Program is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species popu...

May 16, 2016

When most people think of service animals, they think of service dogs.  These dogs are trained to assist people with physical disabilities and are allowed in public places pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  They must have proper credentials. Only dogs and miniature horses can qualify as service animals under the ADA. 

But therapy animals, who help people with issues like PTSD and anxiety, are becoming m...

May 16, 2016

Judge Robert Branning and the Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida are working on a proposal that would allow dogs to provide comfort and emotional support to children involved in difficult court cases.  The proposal would provide for dogs not inside the courtroom but outside in the wings where children are sometimes asked to relate tragic events and details to attorneys before trial.  Although Judge Branning believ...

May 16, 2016

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that an Evansville, Indiana, police officer forfeited his qualified immunity in an excessive-force suit in which a K-9 (canine) officer, Axel, was directed to find an alleged perpetrator.  However, Axel trained to use a “bite-and-hold” technique upon hearing the command “find him”—using such a technique Axel was actually trained to bite the first person he...

Please reload

© 2017 by The Florida Bar Animal Law Section. 

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon

π