Animal Law

Experienced Ohio Animal Law and Animal Welfare Attorneys

Animal welfare has always been a primary focus for Holland & Muirden. We are one of the few law firms in the nation that devote a major portion of practice to the exciting, dynamic field of Animal Law.

Holland & Muirden attorneys act as appointed prosecutors for animal cruelty cases. Our firm also drafts animal-related legislation and practices Animal Law for private individuals, nonprofits, and businesses in both criminal and civil cases. We have vast experience in this field ranging from veterinary malpractice claims to dangerous dog designations. Our office is located in Ohio, but our attorneys have acted as consultants and co-counsel nationwide–and even internationally!

Special Prosecution for Animal Cruelty

Animal Cruelty Attorneys Ohio. Dog and Cat

In 1991, more than 130 dogs were seized from a puppy mill by a local humane society.  The animals were suffering from living in filthy conditions, inadequate shelter, and lack of proper veterinary care.  Attorney Jeff Holland helped to prosecute that case and secure a conviction.

Since that time, Holland & Muirden has grown into one of the most experienced animal law firms in the state, prosecuting thousands of animal cruelty cases in dozens of courts all over the State of Ohio; from Cleveland to Dayton, from Steubenville to Toledo, and many communities in between.

Our attorneys have successfully prosecuted animal cruelty cases of all kinds, championing new legislature and achieving ground-breaking verdicts that help shape the way animals are treated under Ohio law.

Animal Cruelty Training and Humane Education

Holland & Muirden regularly conducts training seminars for Humane Agents, Dog Wardens, Animal Control Officers, Attorneys, and Veterinarians on animal law issues. Our attorneys are instructors for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy course for Humane Society Agents, a required training course for individuals acting as appointed Humane Society Agents in Ohio.

In addition to training seminars, our attorneys conduct educational presentations for nonprofit organizations, businesses, and citizens eager to learn more about legislative issues, animal caretaking issues, the state of animal cruelty laws, and more.

Our attorneys also serve as Adjunct Professors at Case Western University School of Law and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where they teach classes on Animal Law.

Civil Litigation and Administrative Animal Law

Our Animal Law attorneys pursue a broad range of animal welfare and animal law issues, some of which include:

Administrative Law:
     • “Nuisance Dog,” “Dangerous dog,” and “Vicious dog” designations and hearings
     • Zoning issues affecting animals and/or their guardians
     • Municipal code and ordinance violations
Breeder Issues
Contract Disputes
Custody Disputes
Disability Law
     • Assistance and service animals, emotional support animals, psychiatric service animals
     • Violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Dog Bites
Exotic and Wild Animal Issues:
     • Dangerous Wild Animals
     • Restricted Snakes
Equine Law and Horse Liability Issues
Farm, Agribusiness, and Livestock Concerns
Feral Cat Laws
Homeowner’s Association Issues
Landlord / Tenant Issues
Legislation Drafting

Nonprofit Organizations and Humane Societies
Nuisance Laws and Concerns

Pet Limit Laws
Pet Store / Pet Purchase Issues

Rabies and Health Department Issues
Training and Kenneling Complaints
Trusts and Estate Planning: Pet Trusts
Wildlife and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Issues
Wolf-hybrid (“Wolfdog”) Issues
Wrongful Injury
Wrongful Death
Veterinary Malpractice

Akron, Ohio Animal LawyersLegislation

Holland & Muirden actively seeks to improve protections for animals and their owners under Ohio law.

In addition to advocacy work, our attorneys assist with drafting animal related ordinances, codes, and statutes at the local and state levels.

Our attorneys have worked on the most significant animal related legislation in Ohio, including drafting S.B. 221, known as the Companion Animal Law, which was the first significant change in Ohio’s animal cruelty law in over a hundred years. Our Attorneys also wrote the initial draft for H.B. 274, known as Goddard’s Law (2013), which provided felony penalties for certain cases of companion animal cruelty in Ohio. Our Attorneys further authored S.B. 205, a pending legislative update to Goddard’s Law.

Our attorneys have assisted with drafting animal cruelty, bestiality, veterinarian continuing education, veterinary reporting, animal tethering, Good Samaritan immunity, pet food adulteration, cross-reporting, and humane society bills for the Ohio House and Senate, along with many similar local legislative efforts for Ohio cities.


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