Changes to the Service Dog Statute

On July 1, 2015, the Legislature amended Fl. St. Section 413.08 addressing use of service animals for persons with disabilities has been modified. “A person with a disability” is now defined as a person who has a “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” The new definition of a “physical or mental impairment” includes a person who may have a...
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The New Barker

Recently, our office was approached by The New Barker, a Florida lifestyle magazine that is devoted to people living with dogs, to contribute to their quarterly magazine.  Below is our ad featured in the magazine.  To view the magazine and read Attorney Blaesing’s articles click here.  We are excited about this new partnership and hope you will support this wonderful magazine!...
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I Want to Get a Dog: Part One

Over the last thirty years, as I have changed professions from veterinary technician to lawyer, I have been receiving the same phone call (or now, email), asking for advice on getting a dog. It is a big deal because the human is committing to an animal with a life span of 13- 18 years (those are my numbers). That translates to almost two decades of expenses such as food, medicine, toys, and of...
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I Want to Get a Dog: Part Two

Purchase or rescue? This is a tough question. As a former employee of the MSPCA (Massachuset Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and as a 16 year board member and President of the Suncoast SPCA in New Port Richey, Florida, I have great respect and loyalty to animal dedicated non profit organizations. Please understand that because an organization uses the name “humane...
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