Assemblymember Bill Quirk Introduces Bill to Help Prevent West Nile and Zika Viruses

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D – Hayward) has introduced legislation that will officially recognize a preventive surveillance system and database known as CalSurv Gateway, which tracks disease-spreading mosquitoes – where they are, where they’ve been, where they may be heading, and where new diseases might be emerging.

Doggie Divorce: Who Gets the Pet When Couples Split?

Elaine S. Povich, Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts

The divorce court judge was frustrated. The husband, in tears. The wife, adamant. The couple’s love for each other had ended, but each professed to love and want the dog. How would the judge decide?

The husband offered thousands of dollars to his soon-to-be-ex for the pit bull terrier mix named Sweet Pea. The wife wouldn’t accept the compensation, and insisted the dog was hers — a gift, in fact, from her husband.

New California divorce law: Treat pets like people — not property to be divided up

Dareh Gregorian, NBC News Digital
 

A new law being unleashed in California on New Year's Day will give pets' rights some bite in court cases.

The measure provides judges with the power to consider what's in the best interests of the animal in divorce cases, instead of treating them the way they've been treated by courts in the past — as physical property

Family Law: Who Has the Right to Keep Fluffy After the Divorce?

John P. Paone, Jr., Esq. and Victoria E. Paone, Esq, The Two River Times
 
Americans have a love affair with pets. According to a recent survey, “three-fourths of Americans in their 30s have dogs, while 51 percent have cats.” It is not uncommon for people to spend thousands of dollars per year on pet clothing/accessories, food, photographs, medicine and the like.

New law changes pet custody options in divorce cases in California

Judges now have authority to decide who keeps the family pet in divorce the same way child custody is handled.
 
DVM360 MAGAZINE
 
A new law has been passed in California that grants judges the authority to decide who gets custody of the family pet in divorces cases, much as they decide child custody, according to the Associated Press (AP).

My take on the custody of pets

OPINION: Stan Statham, Daily News
 
I was both pleased and surprised when I learned a couple of weeks ago that California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a proposal into law that asks judges to seriously consider their custody decisions that affect dogs and cats when they are deciding who gets to keep the animals. I was pleased because a few years go we purchased a dog and named him Buster.
 
That dog has pretty much grown to be loved by all human beings.

And finally… dog eat dog

Irish Legal News
 
 
Divorce judges will assign custody over pets on a similar basis to custody over children under new legislation in the US state of California.
 
Judges are now legally required to consider an animal’s best interests in divorce proceedings, and can order shared ownership of a pet.
 
Prior to AB 2274 coming into effect, judges were not required to treat pets differently to any other shared property - like a coffee table or TV.
 
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