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Caveat Venditor - Let the Seller Beware Bailey, a 9 year old Wheaton Terrier, bit a salesman who was in his front yard. Boston Dog Lawyers represented Bailey’s pet parent who was being sued. We argued that the bite victim was a trespasser and not entitled to any money. The jury verdict was in our favor.

When your dog bites someone, the victim should not automatically receive money. Sure, many victims deserve compensation. However, the facts and circumstances must first be analyzed then evaluated via the dog bite laws. Boston Dog Lawyers has prevented payouts by dog owners after proving the person bitten was at fault to some degree.

Sometimes insurers compensate victims without learning what we learn; other times dog owners pay after receiving a letter from an attorney, fearful of being sued or losing their dog.

The plaintiff in our case was a field salesman for a cable and internet service provider. He made an unannounced visit to our client’s home. He walked around ignoring the “Beware of Dog” sign. We argued that "Beware" is a verb transferring some responsibility on the reader to be alert to danger. Our client lives alone and was startled to see someone lurking near his garage. Bailey became equally concerned and chased after the salesman, biting his hand. The victim filed a law suit for money equal to 3X his medical bills. The law states that a dog owner is liable for injuries unless the victim was teasing, tormenting or trespassing.

Here, the jury held the victim accountable for his actions that triggered the dog bite. A good day for pet parents and pet lawyers! www.bostondoglawyers.com
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ANIMAL RIGHTS DAY April 15th @ 9:00am is a free event held by the Massachusetts School Of Law. Boston Dog Lawyers will have an information table at the event. Pet's Rights attorney Jeremy Cohen of BDL will be speaking at 9 am about his recent cases for pet injuries, adoption, custody and bite defense. Stop by to say hello! Massachusetts School of Law is located at 500 Federal Street in Andover, MA.

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‘The Dog in the Arena’ Boston Dog Lawyers recently lost a jury trial about a dog custody case between our client and her ex-boyfriend. Under the law we had three elements that needed to be proven. First, that my client had rights to the property, her dog Snow Chief. She had lived with Chief for almost 3 years and even had him on her family’s Christmas cards in 2015 and 2016. Then we had to demonstrate that her ex-boyfriend had withheld the property from her, which he has for the past 90 days. Finally we had to show that she suffered damages which could be cured with an award of 50% custody.

In order for Boston Dog Lawyers to advance the legal status of our pets, we need modern thinkers to understand our arguments. Here we had two kids who made the adult decision to get a dog together. They were both great pet parents for 3 years and then they had an angry break up. Our client acknowledged that her ex-boyfriend should continue to remain 50% owner. As adults they should work through the consequences of choosing to have a dog together and both remain accountable to Snow Chief.

To conceive of a verdict that would result in shared custody takes courage. On this day the only courage came from our client who brought the action. Fittingly it was also in April, 100+ years ago, that Teddy Roosevelt gave his “Man in the Arena” speech which encourages us, as it in part states:

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
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LUCKY DUKE!!! On Saturday Boston Dog Lawyers witnessed the reunion of our client and her dog Duke. She had not seen him in 9 months. Duke lived with our client and her boyfriend. He paid the purchase price but our client was the day to day manager of Duke. Upon breaking up the couple verbally agreed to share custody. These informal agreements often dissolve and the ex-boyfriend kept the dog for himself after a weekend visit.

Duke’s pet mom retained Boston Dog Lawyers to regain custody. Her ex refused our offer to draft a shared custody agreement so we filed a law suit.

We presented receipts, texts, letters, photographs and witness testimony and our client was awarded full custody. The ruling acknowledged our client’s dog handling experience and her prep work done in anticipation of getting Duke. It’s a great day when the right party wins in a pet custody dispute. www.bostondoglawyers.com
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At Boston Dog Lawyers we have been overloaded with requests for pet parents seeking to regain custody of their dog or cat. Often couples break up and the final argument is over who gets the pet.

In law school I adopted a male kitten to live with my girlfriend and me. I named him Lincoln and made two mistakes with that cat. First, Lincoln turned out to be a girl as I thought I saw two dots and a dash under the tail when it was really just a semi-colon. The girlfriend decided to move to the west coast and take Lincoln with her. My response was not very lawyerly. I recall saying something about taking the next flight out and hunting them down. Lincoln stayed with me.

If I could have thought more clearly and with less spite, the best situation for Lincoln would have been to go west. I made a bad decision in not taking into consideration that Lincoln was more than a piece of (my) property.

We are actively working custody cases for Basil, Bruno, Chappy, Comet, Dalton, Duke, Spencer, Snow Chief and Tank.
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Attorney Cohen was asked to write and then read a column for Simply Pets magazine. He is a regular contributor. In this recording he reads from his column entitled “Do Our Pets Have Legal Rights” and provides some examples of recent cases his office has handled. List to recording at https://goo.gl/ryIZ4v
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Tune-in @ 9:22am on Tuesday 1/31 WATD-FM broadcast Paws n Claws segment interviewing Boston Dog Lawyer Jeremy Cohen!!!
To listen... http://959watd.com/ssmorningnews/?p=9811
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David beats Goliath
Last month Boston Dog Lawyers performed in a room filled with almost 50 petitioners who wanted us to lose our battle to save David, a 2 year old rescue dog. Leading the crowd calling for David to be destroyed was the matriarch of a politically powerful family. Many years ago they came within 7 million votes of residing in the White House. And yes, they lost this campaign too. David lives.

There was no doubt that David broke free and chased after a very small dog. David was relentless and tried to bite the dog and instead bit the owner in her arm and torso. For her injuries, the victim will be well compensated. Still, they wanted David killed.

Many who did not witness the incident were allowed to testify at a dangerousness hearing where we were retained to defend David and save his life. David’s attraction to the small furry animal is understandable and can be overcome by the owner redirecting with the proper use of the leash and treats. The mistake was that the leash was attached to David’s flea and tick collar which let go pretty easily. With better owner management of David, this is very preventable in the future. Through a variety of remedies and safeguards implemented by our team of behavior consultants and trainers, the likelihood of a repeat offense has been greatly reduced.

It is unacceptable to Boston Dog Lawyers that people who were not witnesses to the biting incident would have such a prominent role in determining the fate of someone’s pet. We are busting the custom of these hearings being dominated by loud and powerful people who do not have a grasp of the facts. During her testimony the almost-first-lady testified that given her history of public service, her desired outcome for David should be granted. She also testified that she fears for the safety of her grandchildren when they visit because she lives across the street from David. But this is not true!

Then it was our turn. As is part of my client’s constitutional right to a fair and meaningful hearing, I had some questions to ask. Turns out she lives 5 blocks away from David and probably has never seen him in person. Others testified that David weighed 90 lbs. when he only weighs 45 lbs. It is understandable that neighbors want to feel safe but misstating facts should not make anyone feel safe when doing so could lead to death for our pets.
In a way, Boston Dog Lawyers just beat people who were pretty close to being in the Oval Office. David did beat Goliath. Thank you for reading. www.bostondoglawyers.com
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Jeremy Cohen Pet Attorney live radio interview with Inspector Bark Radio! Taped from January 11th, 2017 hosted by Darcy Butkus Founder & President. Select this link to listen to this informative radio show interview! https://goo.gl/VBavAL

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What Happens When Your Dog Goes Afoul Of The Law? Article published in the Merrimack Valley 50+ Active Life newspaper – December issue referencing Jeremy Cohen, Pet Attorney from Boston Dog Lawyers.
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