Impairment and Disability – How They Differ

Courts and insurance companies might treat two dog bite victims with the same injuries very differently. The difference may be based on the distinctions between impairment and disability. The injuries might produce the same impairments, but one victim might be disabled while the other might not. For example, a young person with a good education […]
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A Day in the Life of the Pit Bull Owner

The headlines, like the nature and temperament of this type of dog, do not change from day to day, week to week, year to year. The type of dog we call a “pit bull” was meticulously bred for sudden, dedicated violence. The goal of this type of dog is not to bite, but to shred, […]
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Shelters Can Be Forced to Tell the Whole Truth

“The Pit Bull Meat Grinder Case” (Alvarado v. City of Los Angeles) Will Force Shelters to Tell Adopters in Writing the Whole Truth about a Dog’s Bite History and the Circumstances of Any Bite. In September 2020, 70-year-old Argelia Alvarado became another victim of our nation’s animal shelters which, simply to boost their own reputations, trick […]
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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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