Animal Law


Most often, local and state governments are charged with regulating animal welfare and policing how humans interact with our animal friends. When governments do prosecute violations of animal abuse and neglect laws, they usually work hand-in-hand with local shelters. These shelters are regularly asked to serve as custodians of abused animals while the courts resolve the related claims. The team at LLG has represented many animal shelters in seizure proceedings and has assisted them in navigating the myriad of issues and outcomes where multiple constituencies are impacted by the proceeding.

Our animal law team has extensive experience counseling shelters, breed rescues, individuals with animal law issues, and governmental actors on how to best approach the issues that arise when serving the needs of our furry (or scaly, feathered, or otherwise) friends.

It’s the sad reality that we live in an era of depressed public budgets and dwindling public and private donations, and the resultant growth in shelter consolidation. Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC regularly counsels animal shelters and rescues on best practices and business transactions to help them face these modern challenges and continue their good work.

In partnership with universities, the Humane Society of the United States, district attorneys, and state regulatory bodies, our attorneys regularly speak and write on animal law topics at a state and national level in an effort to educate the multitudes affected by this nation’s animal welfare laws.

LLG maintains a dog-friendly work environment and practices what it preaches about animal companionship. Stop by our offices in the Third Ward and you’ll likely meet some of these guys: our more lovable associates.

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Practice Area News , Honors & Awards

Join Us in Supporting the Dane County Humane Society
LLG is proud to again be a lead sponsor at DCHS’s annual Toto’s Gala, which is being held virtually on March 12, 2021, with a focus on the last 100 years.
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LLG Files First Amendment Suit Against University of Wisconsin
LLG and the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit on behalf of whistleblower and UW alum Madeline Krasno against the University of Wisconsin for violations of Krasno’s First Amendment rights
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LLG’s Joseph S. Goode Talks Animal Law
In the Fall of 2018, Joseph S. Goode lent his time and expertise at three conferences focused on animal law issues.
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