Sunday, August 5, 2007

Florida Animal Lawyer Profile: Jennifer Dietz

Yesterday, the St. Pete Times ran a great profile of Jennifer Dietz, one of Florida's premier animal law attorneys and president of the animal law committee (Also, the lawyer behind the recent legal victory for Zeus). Here's a quick snip, but I highly recommend the whole article:

In an interview at her temporary home-office this week, surrounded by pets including a mutt named George, Dietz told her story. A University of Florida law school alum who would love to run the U.S. Humane Society, she is outraged by the dog-fighting allegations against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, sickened by the treatment of greyhound-race dogs, and sorry she can't beat "with a stick" the trainer who killed an Orlando horse.

In an ideal world, Dietz says, divorce courts would award custody based on a pet's best interests, negligent veterinarians would have to pay for inflicting emotional distress, and state legislatures would assign animals a legal status somewhere between "property" and "human."

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