Understanding Duty of Care in Dog Parks and Pet-Friendly Venue Incidents

With the rise of dog ownership in the United States, there come certain legal obligations that all dog owners should follow. Dog owners have specific duties, whether they realize it or not, especially regarding how their pets interact with others….

Warning Signs a Dog May Bite

Dogs are beloved family members to nearly half (45.3%) of South Carolinians, providing companionship, love, and loyalty. However, every year, around 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog, highlighting that even the most docile and domesticated dog can attack….

Accident Victims Often Suffer Post-Traumatic Stress

In recognition of National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Month, it is essential to recognize that combat veterans aren’t the only people in our country to experience the disorder. Many people suffer from PTSD after other traumatic events, like car…

A Primer on South Carolina Dog Bite Law

According to the 2017-2018 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 67% of U.S. households own a pet, and approximately 60.2 million homes own a dog.  Since 1988 pet ownership has risen 56% in 1988. Unfortunately, the number of dog bites has also…

The Explosion of Emotional Support Animals

Blog by: Attorney Ken Harrell Recently, I came across an article by licensed counselor Cynthia Chandler in “Counseling Today” titled “Is there an epidemic of emotional support animals?” Lest anyone wonder about how I spend my spare time, my wife is…