Be a Foster, Not a Sucker!

Take a dog on your terms, not the shelter’s terms. The paperwork they want you to sign contains a waiver of all your rights if that dog mauls you or your family. Don’t sign it! A group of dog fosters wrote to me after one of their members (named John) was attacked by a dog […]
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The Gavel Comes Down on “Dog Laundering”

The Indiana Court of Appeals has just held that an animal shelter can be held liable for injuries caused by “dog laundering” — concealing a dog’s history of biting people with the goal of adopting-out the dog, whether the history was known or ascertainable. I coined the term “dog laundering” because this is just like […]
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Dogs in Restaurants

State and local law determine whether dogs are allowed to be in restaurants, exactly which parts of the restaurants they can be in, and how they should be controlled when they are there. For details, see the article “FAQ: Dogs in Restaurants” by Rebecca F Wisch, at the website of the Animal Legal and Historical […]
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What Do You Tell a Mom Who Is Afraid?

Her son was brutally mauled. Months after the attack, the boy’s face is heavily scarred. Kids taunt him and neighbors make antagonizing comments to him and his mother because the dog owner was popular in the community and people have taken the dog owner’s side. After retaining me to deal with the dog owner and […]
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