Central NY pets now have legal representation
June 24, 2015  //  By:   //  News Briefs  //  No Comment

by Carol Thompson

When pet owners are charged with abuse the owners don’t always willingly give up their animals and when they do the pets are often placed in a kennel.

Under a new program initiated by the Onondaga County, NY Bar Association, lawyers will be able to intervene when the pet owner won’t give up the animal and the pets will be placed in a temporary foster home rather than a kennel.

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The association pairs volunteer lawyers with abused animal cases so that the pet has an advocate.

Often when a pet owner is arrested for abuse, the pet is removed from the home and placed in a kennel. The lack of human contact can be detrimental to the well-being of the animal and cause more pain.

Under the program, the pet will have an advocate in the court case against the abuser.

The Bar Association recently held a training program for those lawyers interested in becoming a pet advocate.


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About the Author :

Carol Thompson is a veteran investigative reporter residing in central New York. She spent 23 years with a local newspaper, The Valley News, before leaving for the Syracuse New Times, and now, VNN. Thompson has won dozens of first-place awards for investigative reporting and was the 2006 recipient of the Syracuse Press Club’s prestigious Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award. Thompson’s reporting has resulted in the arrest of public officials and has prompted policy changes. She uncovered two money laundering schemes that traveled the globe and resulted in the indictments of several developers.