Dog Law 101

This course was recorded on September 13, 2016

This two-hour course will provide a “crash course” on hot button domestic animal law issues in Washington state. Animal law is a unique area of legal practice because it expands across a breadth of legal practice areas. Pet owners in the US spend a billion dollars a year on pet care, yet our civil and criminal law infrastructure often does not provide relief or protection in-line with the level of care and affection many people provide to their pets. Animals remain, legally, property, and damages are generally limited by a property-law analysis. This course will discuss both technical legal practice as well as policy concepts shaping the evolution of animal law in the state.



  • Gemma ZanowskiGemma Zanowski
    Gemma Zanowski graduated cum laude in 2010 from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. She earned undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Psychology from the University of Arizona, graduating summa cum laude in 2007. Prior to joining Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel, Ms. Zanowski served as the judicial law clerk for Kitsap County Superior Court Judges Jay B. Roof, Jeanette Dalton, Jennifer Forbes, and Sally F. Olsen. She also completed a fellowship with the Northwest Justice Project where she assisted low and no-income individuals with Medicare and Disability claims. An active member of her community, Ms. Zanowski serves as a board member for the Prison Pet Partnership and the Washington State Bar Association Animal Law Small Section. She is also the Chair Elect of the WSBA Animal Law Small Section for 2014/2015, and will serve as the 2015/2016 Chair. Ms. Zanowski is the 2015/2016 volunteer moderator for the Washington State Association of Justice Getting Started Series. Ms. Zanowski additionally volunteers with the United Way Young Philanthropists, and volunteers for an animal rescue organization that she founded.

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    1. Dog and animal bites and injuries
    2. Animal ownership issues
    3. Breed specific laws
    4. Animals in domestic disputes
    5. Veterinary malpractice
    6. Government involvement in animal deaths
    7. The state of animal welfare protections and issues in Washington
    8. Overview of Washington appeals and supreme court cases involving animal issues

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