The Animal Law Center is the first multi-branched law firm to practice under the broad umbrella of animal law.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Civil Lawsuit Filed Over 2012 Police Shooting of Therapy Dog

The Animal Law Center announced that today they filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of their client Gary Branson against the City of Commerce City and Officers Robert Price, Arica Bores, and Christopher Castillo in Colorado Federal District Court. The lawsuit stems from the police shooting death of Branson’s therapy dog named Chloe on November 24, 2012.

Our Mission

The Animal Law Center (ALC) provides an array of legal services for animal owners and guardians. 

We are the only full time Colorado law practice dedicated to animal law. The ALC is committed to practicing and advancing the law to provide the most protection available to animals and the most recourse to those who make animals an integral part of their lives — whether as a pet owner, an equestrian, a rancher, a non-profit organization or a conservation biologist.

In practicing animal law, the ALC specializes in using innovative tools we have developed to represent animal-related issues in judicial, legislative and transactional forums.

We practice all forms of animal law

The Animal Law Center provides an array of legal services for animal owners and guardians.  We are the only dedicated strictly to animal law practice in Colorado and are one of the few firms through the United States that practices animal-related law on a full time basis. The Animal Law Center aims to advance the legal status of animals in alignment with mainstream American views. By working closely with the judicial, legislative, and animal welfare communities, the ALC strives to achieve legal recognition that animals are sentient beings, deserving of protection. The ALC also endeavors to strengthen the legal recognition that destruction of the bond between an animal and his/her guardian is often cause of severe emotional pain and suffering. As the law stands in many states, a pet is worth only its market value and a person is no more liable for causing your emotional suffering by killing your companion animal than he is by cutting the power cord to your television. ALC has changed this in many Colorado cases to have animals recognized as members of the family having intrinsic value to their family.

The Animal Law Center handles any type of legal action, whether it is transactional or litigation, that affects the rights, standing and/or welfare of an animal or its human counterpart. Animal law encompasses all traditional legal practices including, but not limited to, contracts, torts, product liability, malpractice, livestock and equine law, family law, estate planning, landlord-tenant, property, disability law, and constitutional law. Because there is very little pro-animal legal precedent in existence, each case handled by the ALC offers an opportunity to change the legal future for animals across the United States.

The Animal Law Center is committed to practicing and advancing the law to provide the most protection available to animals and the most recourse to those who make animals an integral part of their lives—whether as a pet owner, an equestrian, a breeder, an exhibitor, a rancher, a non-profit organization or a conservation biologist. In practicing animal law, the ALC specializes in using innovative tools we have developed to represent animal-related issues in judicial, legislative and transactional forums.

 

Legal Remedies & Disputes

A legal remedy in an animal-related dispute involves pursuing change and questioning legal boundaries.

Animal Advocacy

Advocacy is a core expertise for our firm. We believe in protecting the rights of animals in many different venues, including civic, private matters, and well being.

Estate Planning & Contracts

Estate planning for pets is an important aspect of providing continuous care for loved ones. Many jurisdictions allow “pet trusts.”

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Mediation

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that aims to assist two or more individuals to reach a mutually agreeable decision without ever entering a courtroom.

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