ABOUT THE WSBA
ANIMAL LAW SECTION
Animal law has useful applications for
practitioners in many areas including
landlord/tenant, criminal, wills and
trusts, personal injury and tort claims,
nonprofit corporations, agricultural,
local government, and administrative
law. To get involved and to learn more
about the Animal Law Section, please
contact Section Chair Wynn Kerr at
ANIMAL LAW IN REAL
Author Gemma Zanowski recently
helped a responsible breeder recover
possession of a dog wrongfully detained and repeatedly and unethically
bred by a woman with no legal rights
to the dog. She first obtained a temporary restraining order that moved
the dog into third-party custody, then
secured immediate possession after a
show cause hearing. The dog will now
be spayed and donated to the local
ANIMAL LAW SUMMIT
July 24, 2015
WSBA Conference Center
The first-ever regional Animal Law
Summit — spearheaded by the
WSBA Animal Law Section — addresses the toughest issues, recent
litigation, and legislation across the
country. Animal law attorneys and
practitioners provide updates, insights, and best practices, giving you
a national perspective on animal law.
Don’t miss keynote speaker Katherine Meyer, who shares the wealth of
her extensive experience in litigating
animal law issues through a survey of
animal law cases. Join Anne Perry for
a look at federal criminal prosecution
and Fred Kray to discuss breed-spe-cific litigation.
Today, animal law touches on many
different areas of legal practice:
Family law: What will happen to
Fido if husband and wife separate?
Animal trusts: What will happen
to Fluffy if Fluffy’s human mom
passes away? Who will take care
of Fluffy, and with what resources?
Tort: What happens to Fido if he
bites someone? What about to Fido’s owner? What remedies does
Fido’s human have if someone
negligently or intentionally kills
or hurts Fido?
Malpractice: What happens if
Fluffy’s veterinarian negligently
or intentionally injures or kills
Breach of contract: What happens if a dog breeder or rescue
adopts Fido to a family, but they
do not care for Fido under the
terms of the contract?
Intellectual property: Who owns
that adorable trademark featuring Fluffy?
Business and nonprofit law: Who
can help structure a 501(c)( 3) so
that Fido can be saved and re-homed into a loving family?
Civil rights and government
claims: What if the police wrongfully shoot and kill Fluffy?
Replevin: What happens if Fido
is wrongfully detained by someone other than Fido’s owner/
Animal welfare activism: What
if an activist wants to protect
Fido’s legal rights?
Criminal law: What if someone intentionally hurts or kills
Legislation and lobbying: How
can we change the laws that protect Fido?
Animal law is an emotionally
charged and challenging area of
practice. We suspect a good deal of
it comes from the simple fact that
those of us who love animals love
them with all our heart — and that
can be a heartbreaking venture. We
in the WSBA Animal Law Section
are a tight-knit group. But we are
here to help. We are here for you to
bounce ideas off. And we are always
happy to meet folks with a passion
for our non-human compatriots.
Because those who are not human
have no voice without people like
you. And they have much to say. NWL
Gemma Zanowski is an associ-
ate attorney at Messina Bulzomi
Christensen in Tacoma. She
maintains a primary practice
in personal injury law with a
healthy sub-practice in animal
law. She is the chair-elect of the
WSBA Animal Law Section. She
lives in University Place with
her two rabbits and t wo dogs
— all four of whom are former
rescue animals. Zankowski
can be reached at gzanowski@
messinalaw.com. Sara Maleki
injury law firm in Spokane. She
is the secretary/treasurer of
the WSBA Animal Law Section.
Maleki spends her free time
catering to the needs of her zoo:
Leilani and Angel, Amazon par-
rots, and Juliet, Queen of Cats.
She can be reached at smaleki@
1. 133 Wn. App. 254, 135 P.3d 542 (2006).
2. See, e.g., Pierson v. Post, 3 Cai. 175 (N. Y.
Sup. Ct. 1805).
3. See, e.g., United States v. Gideon, 1
Minn. 292 (1856).