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OUR CASES

This is an image of our client and her dog Ziggy. Council wanted to declare Ziggy Dangerous but we managed to persuade the council to not proceed with the Dangerous Declaration. Council then declared Ziggy a Nuisance dog. This expired after 6 months and Ziggy has been on the best behaviour ever since.

Lawyers for Companion Animals have assisted pet owners in over 200 cases involving their pets. We are pleased that many former clients, rescue groups, dog trainers, other lawyers and even council officers are referring work to us.

DOG ATTACK MATTERS

Menacing dog. As a consequence of a dog attack where the council has issued a Notice of Intention to declare dog Menacing. In most of these Menacing dog cases, we have been successful in persuading council not to declare the dog Menacing. Dog attack cases are serious matters that require a high level of expertise and experience to achieve such results. Before you engage a lawyer in these types of matters to ask them how much experience they have had in these types of matters. Don’t gamble with the outcome with an inexperienced representative. Having a Menacing Dog Declaration imposed on your dog has serious consequences.



Dangerous dog. 
As a consequence of a dog attack where the council has issued a Notice of Intention to declare dog Dangerous. In most of these Dangerous dog cases, we have been successful in persuading council not to declare the dog Dangerous. In most of these Dangerous dog cases, we have been successful in persuading council not to declare the dog Dangerous. Dog attack cases are serious matters that require a high level of expertise and experience to achieve such results. Before you engage a lawyer in these types of matters to ask them how much experience they have with these types of matters. Don’t gamble with the outcome with an inexperienced representative. Having a Dangerous Dog Declaration imposed on your dog has serious consequences.


Revocation of Dangerous Dog Declaration. Lawyers for Companion Animals have been involved in a number of these matters where we have written to council requesting that the Declaration be revoked. In 100% of our, matters Council has revoked the Declaration.



Restricted Breed Dog
. We have been involved in a number of these matters in NSW where following an alleged attack, the council issued a Notice of Intention to declare the dog Restricted. In one case the Restricted Breed declaration was not proceeded with, the council issued a Notice of Intention to declare the dog Dangerous, then we argued against that and council did not proceed with declaring the dog Dangerous. Eventually, the dog was declared Menacing which was a better outcome than having a Restricted Breed dog.


Dog Attack Matter. Lawyers for Companion Animals have been involved in a matter where council applied to the Court for a Destruction Order. We assisted the dog owner to find a resolution that did not involve the killing of the dog.


Dog Attack Matter. We were involved in a matter where a decision of Frankston council was challenged in the Victorian Supreme Court. This matter involved two dogs killing a cat. The council’s position was that the dogs should be killed. After filing paperwork with the Supreme Court the council reconsidered its decision so it was not necessary for the Victorian Supreme Court to decide the matter. Frankston Council agreed to pay our clients costs. However, after re-considering its original decision to kill the dogs Frankston council again decided to kill the dogs, Charlie and Sharni. Even though we considered that the clients could also appeal this decision of Council, clients chose not to do this. So in effect, while we “won” on an administrative law matter the council did not reverse it’s decision and the dogs were killed. A behavioural assessment of the dogs was completed by an experienced veterinary behaviorist which determined that the dogs were not aggressive in any way towards humans or other dogs. There were offers on the table to re-home the dogs to RSPCA SA, RSPCA QLD, and Monika’s Doggie Rescue. All reasonable options were refused. This was one of the most heart-breaking cases we have been involved in. We deal with many councils and most of them are fairly reasonable.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/inner-south/frankston-councils-decision-to-destroy-two-dogs-unnecessary-and-despicable-says-lawyer/story-fngnvli9-1226980648488


Dog Attack Matter. Lawyers for Companion Animals have assisted clients obtain the best sentencing outcome when they have pleaded guilty to a dog attack. In many cases this involves not getting a criminal record, minimal fines and the dog not being destroyed and/or declared Dangerous.

DISPUTES

Assistance with pet ownership disputes. A microchipped dog was impounded. Microchip was not properly scanned by council staff. Council transferred ownership of dog to Rescue group. Dog scanned at vet when dog went in for desexing. Result was original owner bought his dog back from rescue group. This might seem unfair but if there were not rescue groups the dog would have likely have been euthanised. The cost of buying his dog back (from rescue group) was less than impounding fees that original owner would have been charged for his dog being in the pound.



Assistance with pet ownership disputes.
In another case a dog was impounded that did not have a microchip. The owner of the dog saw the photo on Facebook and rang the rangers and informed them that it was her dog and that she would come in to collect. Due to a number of council administrative errors the council rehomed the dog to another person. In this case I negotiated with the new dog owner and my client (original dog owner) was able to get her dog back.



Dispute with council
. A family living in a residential area had many cats. Council alleged client was running a cattery. Neighbours complained about odour. Client asked for permission to keep more than 3 cats. Council refused. Client ran the risk of council prosecuting her for $200,000. Ms Greenaway attended mediation which provided for a gradual de-stocking of the cats and avoided a $200,000 fine. Client eventually moved to a property with zoning which would allow her to keep the majority of her cats.



Barking dogs.
Lawyers for Companion Animals have acted for a number of people who both have had barking dogs complaints made against them and people who have raised concerns about barking dogs.

ANIMAL CRUELTY & NEGLECT

Quite a few people contact Lawyers for Companion Animals raising concerns about treatment/neglect of dogs and/or cats (usually by neighbours) and wanting assistance. Sadly in a number of cases it appears that RSPCA NSW fails to take appropriate action when it comes to animal neglect cases as this is an ongoing concern that has been raised by several different people across the state.

PET ACCOMMODATION

Disputes with pets in accommodation. Lawyers for Companion Animals have assisted a number of people regarding disputes with pets in both residential and commercial premises.



Cattery lost 
cat. Lawyers for Companion Animals have assisted a client whose cat was lost by a cat-boarding establishment.

DEATH OR INJURY OF PETS

Death of pets in council pounds. Lawyers for Companion Animals have assisted a number of peoples whose pets have negligently died (either through lack of care or euthanasia) while in the care of council pounds.



Dog killed by another dog whilst at dog boarding facility.
Lawyers for Companion Animals have assisted a client whose dog was negligently killed by a dog boarding facility.



Dog killed whilst at
groomer. Lawyers for Companion Animals have assisted a client whose dog was negligently killed whilst in a dog grooming facility.



Concerns about dogs consuming 1080 baits.
Lawyers for Companion Animals have been contacted by several people whose pet dogs have died as a result of eating a 1080 bait.



Injury to trapped cat.
Lawyers for Companion Animals assisted a cat owner whose cat was trapped and whose claws were badly injured during trapping.



Death of trapped cat. 
Lawyers for Companion Animals assisted a cat owner whose cat was killed after being impounded at the Lost Dogs Home in Melbourne

PET INSURANCE DISPUTES

Lawyers for Companion Animals have acted for a client with a dispute involving a pet insurance company not paying when a claim was made.

VET NEGLIGENCE

Lawyers for Companion Animals have assisted a number of people regarding inappropriate veterinary care, including misdiagnoses, that led to death and suffering.

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