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How to Get Dog Related Legal Advice

15 CommentsTuesday, 14 April 2015  | 

If you need dog related legal advice or help, who can you turn to? Dog law can be an incredibly complicated and niche area. You never know when a situation might occur that requires specialist help. We look at how and where to get specialist dog law advice.

dog legal adviceYour dog may accidentally damage property or injure someone, be accused of nuisance behaviour or of being out of control. You may have an issue with a breeder, vet or other professional, be part of an ownership dispute or caught up in the Dangerous Dog Act.

The laws relating to dogs are complicated and changing all the time. Animal law is a relatively new and growing aspect of the law. An increasing number of lawyers now specialise in cases involving animals.

If you need dog legal advice, there are a number of specialist services available that you may find useful.

Dog Law

This is an invaluable service from Cooper & Co Solicitors, who are specialists in dog law. Dog Law specialise in advising dog owners in both criminal and civil cases. They cover the whole of England and Wales.

The service is friendly, fast and most importantly, accurate. They have a number of useful articles and videos plus a telephone advice line.

Dog Law will provide you with preliminary legal advice and from there you can decide if you would like to instruct them to represent you in any proceedings.

Wheldon Law

Criminal Defence Solicitors who are dog lovers and many are dog owners. They understand that dogs are part of the family. They have an intimate knowledge of this complex area of law and work closely with a dedicated team of expert witnesses to ensure the best possible outcome for owners and their dogs.

If your dog has been seized or if you have been charged or summonsed to attend court, you can telephone them on 01442 242999 for a free 15 minute telephone consultation.

Law on the Web

A general legal website for the UK, Law on the Web has a section regarding animal law. They understand the complex and confusing laws concerning animals. Topics covered include dog ownership laws, dangerous dogs, pet liability laws, dog bites and dog control orders.

If you need legal advice on any of the topics mentioned, their Instant Law Line service may help. This service, provided by DAS, can give you access to legal advice over the phone from a qualified legal adviser for a low price.

The Equine & Animal Lawyers Association

This is the Association for Legal Executives, Solicitors, Barristers and Expert Witnesses who work in the field of animal law. It is a high-profile, strongly academic organisation in the animal world, and the immediate point of reference for anyone with animal law concerns.

They have a free public animal law help line. Tel 01469 531742

Justice for Dogs

Born from her passion for all things canine and using her background in the legal profession, Ann Harpwood started Justice for Dogs. The charity fights for the rights of dogs and dog owners and gives advice regarding laws, legislation and other legal matters that are canine related.

Membership to Justice for Dogs is a small annual fee. You will be entitled to legal advice, specialising in canine cases. A donation is usually requested when legal work is carried out. For more information tel: 01544 370213

Company of Animals Legal Advice

Dr Mugford and associates are renowned amongst the legal profession and have developed a particular knowledge and reputation as expert witnesses on animal law. They also have a page of recommended solicitors experienced in dog law.

We hope you have found this information useful. Bookmark this page as you never know when you may need specialist help in dog law.

Please DO NOT contact D for Dog about any of these services. If you need legal advice please contact the organisations listed above.

Disclaimer - D for Dog do not necessarily endorse or otherwise any of the services listed.

By Jenny Prevel

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Margaret Palmer
Friday, 8 May 2015  |  18:45

This is fantastic! up until now, dogs and the law has been a gray area, and very few legal beagles were sympathetic. It is nice to know that there is someone who is willing to listen.

Kerry Sharrad
Saturday, 29 July 2017  |  18:11


Where do you stand on reclaiming a dog that has been put in for rescue. On Thursday we put 2 dogs into a rescue centre but really want to get them back as circumstances have changed. The centre has said they are already rehomed but this is less than 48 hours? On the website it says it's a number of visits. I havnt even given them the vet notes yet? He has some major Heath issues which wouldn't have been discussed.

Many thanks

Kerry Sharrad

D for Dog
Friday, 13 October 2017  |  11:43

The point of this blog is to help people find dog related legal advise. Please contact one of the specialist services mentioned above.

Monday, 4 December 2017  |  16:28

Hi just wondering what the outcome was for you I am in same predicament , requoted dog back within a few hours was told byou trustee could have him back, but then the head of rescue said no

Thursday, 8 March 2018  |  15:50

Did u get your dog back

Phillip Cutajar
Saturday, 26 August 2017  |  23:46

My neighbours have been frowing things over my fence, & my dog has chewed them, & by doing so has caused damage to is teeth, can i reclaim the vet costs

D for Dog
Friday, 13 October 2017  |  11:43

The point of this blog is to help people find dog related legal advise. Please contact one of the specialist services mentioned above.

Lorraine Perkins
Sunday, 8 October 2017  |  1:12

Please help me keep my 13 year old foster dog I have fostered him since 7th Feb 2017 the organisation are denying me the option of adopting him they ignored my requests and did a home check on another family who have never met the dog but saw his photo although a month later he is still with me as he has health issues he probably only has 6 months to live as he has lumps and bumps we all as a family adore him we have been home checked by another rescue who cannot believe the rescue won't let me adopt we have a house with a nice enclosed garden and my parents are home all day please please help

Friday, 13 October 2017  |  11:08

Please can someone reply to my earlier comment please

D for Dog
Friday, 13 October 2017  |  11:41

If you need dog legal advice, there are a number of specialist services available. We have given you a few in this blog. It is up to you to contact one of them.

Mandy Gallanders
Friday, 20 October 2017  |  21:25

I gave my dog to a rescue charity and changed my mind a few hours later. I was told i could havebhim back went to collect him then told I couldn't have him and could not change my mind I was never informed of this before hand

Lindsey Parry
Friday, 17 November 2017  |  13:22

I was in an abusive relationship and left with the help of a refuge and my dog had to go into foster. I am now after 2months able to have him back but his foster wants to keep him. Please could you point me in the right direction for advice, many thanks.

Thursday, 24 May 2018  |  18:06

Is it legal for someone to buy a puppy from you for someone else?

Monday, 18 June 2018  |  15:30

Please help with some advice!

Our friend is a dog breeder in the EU and transported his puppies to the UK. As far as I know every documentation was fine with all the required vaccination but once he got to the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency took the dogs according to the Rabies Order 13/4 a-c. It is not clear what to do now. Do they suspect that the breeder doesn not own the dogs, or the ownership can not be proven? The dogs are in quarantine. What can we do? Thank you!

D for Dog
Monday, 18 June 2018  |  15:46

If you need dog legal advice, there are a number of specialist services available. We have given you a few in this blog. It is up to you to contact one of them. Thanks.

D for Dog