The Pennsylvania pet lawyers at The Animal Law Firm have years of experience representing people and their pets. We understand that your pet is your family and we have the experience to make sure you and your pet are protected and safe. Pennsylvania animal laws and the animal lawyers at The Animal Law Firm make sure no animal is ever treated as an underdog in the eyes of the law.
The animal attorneys at The Animal Law Firm have years of experience representing Pennsylvania residents who love their animals. When you bring The Animal Law Firm onto your team, your case will be handled with care and dedication by the best Pennsylvania animal law attorney.
Too often, people may not know of the legal rights they have or actions they can take to protect their pets, livestock, service animals, or working animals. But the Pennsylvania Animal Attorneys at The Animal Law Firm know that your animals have rights, and we know how to convey your love for your animal to judges and juries. We use creative, out-of-the-box thinking to apply laws and legal principles that were not written with animals in mind to get the best result possible for you and your animal.
An animal lawyer, or pet lawyer, is a legal specialist who represents the interests of animals in civil and criminal proceedings. For example, we handle pet custody cases, which are civil lawsuits to decide who owns an animal between former romantic partners; we handle dog bite defense, which can be civil or criminal, where we represent the dog who is accused of biting another person or animal; we handle breeder contract disputes, which are civil lawsuits involving disputes between breeders and buyers, or breeders and co-owners (either other breeders and/or people who show the dogs); and we handle service animal representation, which are civil lawsuits against a business or government for discriminating against a person with a service animal.
Characteristics to look for in an animal negligence attorney include:
Ensuring these qualities is essential when choosing an animal lawyer and can be the difference between getting a favorable outcome and not.
Pet and animal law cases can vary depending upon your unique situation and needs. There are many types of animal law cases that can occur. Understanding these categories can help you identify a legal issue when it arises.
Here at The Animal Law Firm, we handle a wide range of animal cases, including:
If you think that your pet may have died as a result of malpractice, it is vital to seek the advice of an animal lawyer. Most successful veterinary malpractice cases involve the help of an attorney as they provide guidance on navigating the delicate legal system and Pennsylvania animal laws.
There are a few of the kinds of legal help we offer involving animals. We can represent you in many other animal-related cases as well. For instance, if you have suffered as a result of another’s party’s negligence with their animal, our team can approach this case with the compassion such a situation merits – while getting you fair compensation. We are here to help protect animals and animal lovers in the Pennsylvania area in any way that we can. Our team of compassionate attorneys wants to help you get the best outcome for you and your pet.
Many people are unaware that animal law attorneys exist and therefore do not understand what to expect when they hire one. We are here to make this process as easy as possible and defend your family and your pet from harm.
When you hire The Animal Law Firm, we will spend a significant amount of time reviewing your case’s details with you. We will discuss what has happened, how it has affected your pet, and any emotional or financial stress it created for you and your family. These are all important details that will help us to develop your case.
You can trust that we will be compassionate, patient, and welcoming throughout your case. We know firsthand how stressful these cases can be and how much emotional turmoil they create. Pets are important parts of their owners’ lives, so when something happens to jeopardize their safety or harm them in some way, we often feel scared and worried about what to do. You can trust that our team will use the full extent of Pennsylvania law to protect you, your family, and your pet.
A: In Pennsylvania, animal cruelty is considered a misdemeanor of the second degree and is therefore punishable by up to two years in jail and may result in fines up to $5,000. If the charge is considered aggravated, then it is considered to be a felony of the third degree, and it could result in up to seven years in jail and fines of up to $15,000. For the crime to be considered aggravated, the animal must suffer severe bodily injury, or the cruelty must result in death.
A: Pennsylvania places a limit on the number of pets that an owner is allowed to have. Under state law, a person may not own more than five total animals. There are exceptions, of course. If a person or residence is responsible for foster care that results in the placement of a pet in a new home, then that entity must file for an exemption permit from their local Animal Control Department, which may grant the exception.
A: Pet owners should be aware of the licensing laws in Pennsylvania, particularly dog owners. Dogs must be licensed by January 1 each year. Licenses may be renewed annually, or owners may purchase a lifetime license. It is a violation of the law to keep a dog without the proper licensing. This law applies to any dog three months of age or older. There are no licensing laws that apply to the ownership of cats, however.
A: It is not illegal to keep an animal outside if they are properly and safely restrained by a tether or in an area that keeps them safely contained. However, in temperatures under 32 degrees or above 90 degrees, dogs may not be tethered outside for longer than 30 minutes. Fresh water must also be readily available. If a dog is tethered, owners may not use any choke, pinch, or similar types of collars. The tether must also be affixed in a way that it does not tangle.
A: Animal neglect and animal cruelty may often be confused; however, cruelty results in physical injury to the animal, whereas neglect is the failure to provide basic needs for survival. This includes failing to provide fresh water, food, protection from the weather that is clean and safe, and regular veterinary care. Many of the same laws that apply to the care of children apply to the care of animals.
A: Emotional Support Animals, often shortened to ESAs, are a type of service animal that provide care, relief, and support for their human owners. They are often trained to provide emotional support. Animals that are classified as ESAs are protected under the Fair Housing Act, but owners must receive a letter from a licensed mental health professional. ESAs, however, are not like service animals in that they do not have public access rights.
A: Although the term “lemon” is usually applied to vehicles, a similar concept also applies to the adoption or purchase of a puppy. Much like the lemon laws for vehicles, where a car is considered a lemon when it is unable to be restored to working condition, the Puppy Lemon Law entitles owners to a refund or replacement of a sick or injured dog that, with veterinary care, is unable to be returned to reasonable health.
A: In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to abandon or make an attempt to abandon any dog. This includes attempting to sell, transfer, trade, or barter a dog under the age of eight weeks or attempting to keep the animal near any potentially poisoning or harmful substance that may result in the animal ingesting such products. These statutes apply on and off of any personal residence.
A: Unfortunately, Pennsylvania ranks high on the list of national puppy mill states. Puppy mills are locations where breeders attempt to maximize profits by minimizing care for the animals. If you adopt an animal from a puppy mill, you likely will need to seek extensive veterinary care, and the animal may have long-term health problems as a result of the neglect it or the parenting animals may have suffered.
A: Animal abuse is extensive and covers a wide range of categories. However, there are four main categories in which data is collected. The four categories include simple or gross neglect, behaviors that are intentionally abusive or torturous, actions such as dog or cockfighting (also known as organized abuse), and sexual abuse of an animal. All abusive actions towards an animal are illegal and punishable by potential jail time and fines.
A: There are three entities to reach out to when you suspect or witness animal abuse, neglect, or cruelty. Depending on the situation or the level of emergency required, those who suspect these behaviors should contact local law enforcement, their local animal services agency, or the humane society. Each of these organizations is trained to investigate and provide a response to any findings. They will often work together to ensure the care and safety of the animal.
Pets are an important part of our lives. They become a family that plays with us, shares joy with us, grieves with us, and much more. Unfortunately, like all families, their care and safety are often taken for granted for any number of reasons. At The Animal Law Firm, our team is dedicated to ensuring that animal welfare is not overlooked. In the cases we handle, your pet is our priority. We thoroughly review the details of your case to ensure you and your pet have the representation you deserve. Contact our offices today.
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We know how important your furry family member is to you. Whether they have no legs, two legs, or four or more legs, our priority is making sure you and your pet receive the best representation possible.