The Center for Animal Advocacy was created for the purpose of providing legal resources to pets and their owners. The field of animal law is expanding - every day, pets and their owners are experiencing legal issues and concerns. From pet custody to pet lemon laws, landlord disputes, pet trusts, dangerous dog issues, veterinary malpractice...the list is growing.

As pet owners and animal lovers, the resources listed below are dedicated to providing quality legal services to meet the growing need for legal representation in this ever changing field.

Peggy R. Hoyt, J.D., M.B.A., B.C.S.  
(Board certified specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates and Elder Law)
Pet Trusts and Pet Mediation

The Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan
254 Plaza Drive
Oviedo, Florida  32765



Peggy is an estate planning and elder law attorney who is also an avid animal advocate.  Her estate planning passion is helping her clients plan for the long term care of their pets.  She is a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator and now provides Pet Mediation - allowing for the peaceful resolution of disputes surrounding your pet. This most commonly will include custody disputes as a result of relationship dissolution, dog bite issues, landlord and tenant controversies. Peggy is the author of All My Children Wear Fur Coats - How to Leave a Legacy for Your Pet.
She hosts a weekly radio show, All My Children Wear Fur Coats on
Monday at 3 p.m. on
Available in soft cover and Kindle versions.

Softcover                Kindle

Peggy serves on the Heritage Club Board for the SPCA of Central Florida and supports numerous animal related charities.

Kim Radcliffe actively serves the animal community through the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee and other animal related charities.  Casey Taylor is also a true advocate for pets - she is active with The Center for Great Apes, Animal Legal Defense Fund and other pet protection organizations. 

Marcy LaHart, Esq.
Pet Law Litigation 
4804 SW 45th Street
Gainesville, FL  32608

Marcy LaHart, Esq. practices in animal law and public interest environmental law.  In the animal law portion of her practice she represents pet owners that have legal issues relating to their companion animals, including defending allegedly dangerous dogs, pet custody disputes, veterinary malpractice, service animals and emotional support animals.  She also advises rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations.  As an environmental lawyer Ms. LaHart represents private citizens and grass roots environmental organizations in matters relating to wetlands and water use permitting.  

Timothy C. Martin, Esq.
Martin Law Office, P.A.
10200 Gandy Blvd. N. #1014
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Tel: (813) 260-1413(813) 260-1413
Fax: (888) 250-6501

Tim will consider all cases involving animals except representing individuals against an animal (i.e., dog bites). He is interested in doing animal law related representation related to replevin, pet trusts, veterinary malpractice, emotional support and service animal reasonable accommodation.

Gary M. Kaleita
Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. 
215 North Eola Drive
Orlando, Fl  32801
Tel: (407)418-6334
Fax: (407)843-4444
Gary concentrates his practice in real estate law with an interest in Bear-Wise Community Association law.  He has been instrumental in developing association covenants regarding bears in a residential community.   

Avery S. Chapman, Esq.

The Chancellor Building
12008 South Shore Boulevard | Suite 107
Wellington, Florida 33414
Tel 561.753.5996 | Fax 561.753.9966

Practicing equine law nationally and internationally, The Equine Law Group is located in the heart of the Palm Beach equestrian world of Wellington, Florida. Within and without the country, we have represented innumerable members of the equestrian community, some well known and some not so, with respect to equine law issues, providing strategies and solutions for law issues that concern horses, horse business and horse real estate. Our equine law practice includes the representation of Olympic riders, professional polo players, sponsors, trainers, owners in their equine and real estate business interests, as well as representation of a major equine sport governing organization and the largest equine veterinary clinics in the United States. From the list you see below, we have handled a diverse area of issues relating to the equine professional, owner and business. For example, we have drafted equine drug and medications rules and enforcement regulations and can represent you in violation hearings, conduct hearings and disciplinary hearings before the USEF and other equine organizations. Hablamos español también.


Dionne M. Blaesing, Esq. 
BLAESING & DIAZ, PA, 5946 Main Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652, 727 846 1802
Areas of animal practice are: 
- civil and administrative disputes for small pets, barn animals, live stock, wildlife, kennels or barns including veterinary or animal services malpractice;
-federal, state or local laws and regulations addressing Fl Dangerous Dog Statute,  Pet Lemon Law, Animal Welfare Act, Fair Housing Act or ADA, and Equine Activities Act.
-defend against county animal services citations, neighborhood disputes involving animals, and barn disputes.
- draft contracts for animal businesses involved in breeding, sales, co-ownership, leasing or syndication.
- advocate for persons requiring service and support animals;
- advise non-profits on rescue, rehab or shelter formation.

Call office for consultation appointments. 

Adam Karp, Esq. 

Animal Law Offices of Adam P. Karp
Licensed in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho
114 W. Magnolia St., Ste. 425
Bellingham, WA  98225
(360) 738-7273
Outside Bellingham: (888) 430-0001
Fax: (866) 652-3832
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