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TEXAS DOG LAW SEMINAR
(and Kitties, too!)
For Rescuers, Fanciers & Attorneys

 

Saturday, December 9, 2006, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Austin Convention Center
Accredited by the State Bar of Texas: CLE (4 Participatory Hours/.75 Ethics)

4:00 Doors Open: Meet, Greet & Register (can register before doors open)
4:25 Opening Remarks
4:30-9:00 Texas Dog Law Seminar © (and Kitties, too) – Focuses solely on dog and cat issues addressed by state, county, local laws for rescuers, fanciers & attorneys. Includes current case law.

Topics to Be Discussed & Which Are in the Texas Dog Law Manual©
(All Laws apply equally to Cats with the exception of Dangerous Dog Laws)

The Legal & Ethical Issues of Rescue Zandra Anderson
Custody Issues
So, You Found a Dog- Who owns a stray & the ethical considerations of placement/return
Are you protected as an individual rescuer from a lawsuit regarding Ownership Issues
Are Rescue Organizations Afforded Protection concerning Custody/Ownership Issues
What kind of law applies in a battle over ownership
Liability of the Rescue/Rescuers
Truth is the Best Policy, It’s Also the Law: Ethical Disclosure Issues in Rescue & Adoption
What happens if an alleged owner says the rescue has/adopted their dog
Can a rescue/rescuer be liable for a dog that bites
Does a 501(c)(3) status protect the rescue/rescuers from liability

Contractual Issues Amy Bures Danna
The Adoption Contract—What it Can and Cannot Do
Ethical considerations of the Adoption Agreement
Do Adoption Contracts Afford Liability Protection
Are They Enforceable

Cruelty Laws Zandra Anderson Civil Cruelty v. Criminal Cruelty
Seizure of Dogs & Hearing
Can Cruelty Seizure Hearings be Appealed
What Happens to the Animals if Cruelty is Found
Cruelty as a Crime
Dangerous Dog Laws
Does a Dog Get one Free Bite
What Constitutes a Dangerous Dog
Does a Dog Have to Bite to be Deemed Dangerous
Is there a Standard for Deeming a Dog Dangerous
If a Dog is Deemed Dangerous, What Does the Owner Have to Do
Are Dangerous Dog Laws Applied Equally all over the State
What Law Applies—State, County, City
Can a Dog Be Killed as a Dangerous Dog if he has Never Bitten Anyone
What is the Difference Between Civil Liability & Criminal Liability for a Dangerous Dog
What Happens at a Dangerous Dog Hearing & Which Courts May Hear Them
Can Dangerous Dog Hearings be Appealed
BREAK

Vaccinations Zandra Anderson
The Truth about What Vaccinations are Required by the State & for Rescuers
What is the Three Year Rabies Vaccination & Do Different Laws Apply to Rescues & Kennels

Animal Control Andrea Grieg
How Laws re. Cruelty, Dangerous Dogs and Vaccination Requirements are Applied

Litigation for Injury to Dogs & Other Liability Issues Zandra Anderson Can You Sue your Vet or Anyone for the Loss of or Injury to your Dog
Can you recover Damages for the Loss of or Injury to your Dog
Kennel Liability/Liability of Trainers
Landlord/Tenant
Can a Landlord Kick Someone out of their Home over a Dog
What if the Landlord’s Rules Change During Tenancy
Can a Landlord’s Rules Be Specific to Breeds

Family Law Issues Stacy Kelly Can dogs be included in Pre-Nuptial Agreements/Marital Agreements/Divorce Decrees
Support and visitation for dogs
Enforceability of such provisions
Pet Trusts & Wills Providing for Pets
New 2006 Law Allowing the Establishment of Trusts to Protect Our Pets
How to Fund Protection for our Pets Without Having to Die First
Can Pets Be Included in a Will

Breed Specific Legislation Zandra Anderson Does Texas Law contain BSL or Does it Protect Against It
Current Legislative Status in Texas & other Jurisdictions
How Can Certain Dogs Be Singled Out—Sounds Illegal to Me
What the 2007 Legislative Session has in Store for Us
Municipal Laws
Can Cities Enact Different Laws from State Law; Which Applies
What if a City changes it’s Laws after Someone Already Lives there
Houston Law & other City’s Law in the Surrounding Areas
Questions

Speakers:
Zandra Anderson-Trial Attorney & Texas Dog Lawyer
Amy Burres Danna- Business Attorney—Rescue Contracts & Enforcement
Andrea Grieg-Lakeway Police Department: Cruelty Investigator; Dangerous Dogs
Stacy Kelly- Probate & Family Attorney—Pet Trusts & Family Law Issues re. Pets
Cool Power Point presentation, too!
$55 Includes Seminar & Manual (over 250+ pages)-- Early Registration through 9/30/06.
$60 For Legal Assistants claiming CLE Credit;$75 Attorneys claiming CLE Credit.
Accredited by the State Bar of Texas: 4 Participatory CLE Hours & .75 Ethics Hours

Payments must be received by 9/30/06 to qualify for the Discounted Rate.

October 1- November 24-- $60/ $65 Legal Assistants/ $80 Attorneys
November 25 & after-- $70/ $75 Legal Assistants/ $90 Attorneys
The Texas Dog Law Manual© (and Kitties, too) is an exhaustive treatment of state, county & local laws which address dogs & cats, including case law. It is the first and only one of its kind in Texas. Containing over 250 pages of information indexed for easy use, it’s all about dogs and cats.
--Door Prizes--


SPEAKERS
Zandra Anderson

Ms. Anderson is a practicing Houston trial attorney handling complex personal injury litigation, medical negligence, products liability and dog law issues. She is Legal Counsel to Spindletop Refuge, a no-kill dog rescue in Houston, Texas, and is active in the rescue and adoption of abandoned and abused dogs. She has handled dog bite cases, cruelty cases, defended Dangerous Dog cases and has represented both rescues and individuals concerning dog ownership issues and contractual adoption matters. She has been involved in dog rescue for ten (10) years and is a member of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar. She has been active in volunteer lobbying on BSL and dog related matters, and is also licensed in Colorado. She resides with her two rescue dogs, both Pit Bull Terriers, in Hilshire Village where she is on City Council.

Amy Bures Danna

Ms. Danna practices in the areas of commercial litigation, contracts, environmental, product and premises liability and animal law. She is the current Vice Chair of the State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section and was the 2006 Coordinator of the State Bar’s Animal Law Institute. She is legal counsel to the Austin German Shepherd Rescue and is a member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Ms. Danna was a contributor to Dog Fancy’s Popular Breed Series: German Shepherds (Spring, 2006). She currently practices in Houston with The Clary Firm, P.C. and is an adjunct professor of Animal Law at the University of Houston’s Law Center.

Andrea Grieg

Ms. Grieg is a licensed Police Officer who is also licensed as an Animal Control Officer. She is employed by the Lakeway Police Department in their Animal Division. She investigates cruelty, dangerous dog issues and vaccination enforcement. She worked as a vet technician for nineteen years prior to being employed by Lakeway, so she understands the medical conditions of the animals she encounters. Ms. Grieg works very hard with rescue to place animals and get them adopted into responsible homes. She even donates money out of her own pocket to assure these animals are saved. She is also very involved in the rescue of wildlife.

Stacy Kelly

Stacy Kelly was born in Dallas, Texas, received her undergraduate BS degree from the University of Texas at Austin and received her law degree at South Texas College of Law in 1998. Ms. Kelly is an attorney with the law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP where she focuses her practice on litigation concerning guardians, trustees, administrators, beneficiaries and executors of estates in addition to assisting with the administration of estates. More recently, Ms. Kelly has expanded her practice into estate planning for non-human family members, animal law and first amendment protections of animal rights protestors. She is the proud adopter of four cats, (Mondavi, Dash, Peta, Boomerang) and two dogs, (Turbo and Choctaw), all rescues.
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Questions? www.TexasDogLawyer.com  Zandra Anderson ZeeAngel@aol.com info@luckymutts.com

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TEXAS DOG LAW SEMINAR©
(and Kitties, too!)
For Rescuers, Fanciers & Attorneys
Saturday, December 9, 2006, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Austin Convention Center
Accredited by the State Bar of Texas

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