Animal Law

Pet Owners Sue Over Agents’ Failure to Make Them Stars

Earlier this month, a group of California pet owners sued Hollywood Paws, LLC, claiming that the company had not made good on promises that it would turn their pets into media stars.  The owners allege that Hollywood Paws accepted thousands…


Airport Screeners Directed Not to Touch Your Monkey

The always-vigilant Transportation Security Agency has promulgated rules governing the security procedures to be implemented when a disabled traveler is traveling with a service animal, in case al Queda figures out how to pack a bunch of explosives into a…


Woman Sues Mall for Aiding and Abetting Squirrel Attack

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, Marcy Meckler alleges that the owners and employees of the Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie are responsible for injuries she suffered on December 3, 2004, when she was attacked…



New York Man Violates Two Rooster Laws at Once

According to this Associated Press article, it is illegal to possess a live rooster in New York City.  That’s good to know.  Also illegal: biting off its head. Even if you have a good reason, as Humberto Rodriguez said he…


Angry Parrot Leads Police to Thief

Police in southwestern England were able to track down a bird thief (apparently at the top of their to-do list these days) after the parrot he stole managed to leave them a vital clue. Tristand Maidment stole Mickey the Macaw…



Feud A’brewin Over Appalachian Pet Ownership

The Collins family of Melvin, Kentucky (that’s Floyd County) loves Kitty and ain’t a-gonna give him up.  "He’s not bothering nobody," says Barry Collins.  But the Hall family does not like Kitty.  "I think [Kitty] needs to be in a…


DNA Links Dog to Cat Murder

Marylin Christian found her cat Cody dead in her front yard last summer, apparently the victim of an attack by another animal.  She suspected her neighbors’ dog, Lucky, but officials investigating the murder were unable to make a case because…


PETA Staffer Changes Name to “Kentucky Fried Cruelty”

The youth-outreach coordinator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, formerly known as "Chris Garnett," has legally changed his name to "KentuckyFriedCruelty.com" to further PETA's protest against Kentucky Fried Chicken for alleged chicken abuse. "People don't believe me at…