By Natalie Paul

The field of animal law has grown exponentially over recent years. Not only have several decisions respecting various animal law issues been published, but law schools across Canada are now teaching animal law courses. Despite this increase in recognition, many British Columbians question the kind of work that animal law lawyers do. This blog outlines some of the areas of animal law that we can assist you with at Paul & Company.

Pet Ownership

Contrary to the beliefs held by many British Columbians, all animals, including pets and farm animals, are classified as property under the law. This means that when a couple separates, the rules of property will generally apply to their pet. At Paul & Company, we can advise you on the best course of action in your given case.

Pets in Wills

Many British Columbians are now including ‘pet provisions’ in their Wills. We can assist you with drafting your Will and can advise you on some of the steps that you can take now in order to protect your pet after you have passed away.   

Dangerous Dogs

The Community Charter, which applies to all municipalities in British Columbia except for the City of Vancouver, defines the term, “dangerous dog.” The Community Charter also allows an animal control officer to apply to the Provincial Court for an order that a dog be destroyed if that officer has reasonable grounds to believe that a dog is dangerous. We can assist dog owners who are navigating these difficult and complex situations.

Veterinary Malpractice

If you believe that your pet has been injured as a result of attending a veterinarian clinic, you may be wondering what options are available to you. We can advise you of these options.

Mediation Services

There are several benefits to mediation including reduced legal costs and a quicker outcome. We can act as mediators and assist both parties in coming to a satisfactory resolution.

If you are currently dealing with an animal law related issue, please do not hesitate to contact our office.