We love our pets in the Lowcountry. According to Charleston County Animal Control, there are 2 pets (dogs and cats) for every person in the tri-county area...that’s a lot of dogs!
What happens to your beloved pet in the event something happens to you? Luckily, Dennis J. Christensen, P.A. has the area’s foremost authority on pet law, Apollo Christensen. Apollo is a Bichon Frisé with a nose for pet issues (cats too) and is a real problem solver.
If you have a pet-related legal question, submit it to Apollo using the submission form on this page or call them at 843-971-1199. A human will respond and you can schedule an appointment for you and your owner to ensure that you’re protected.
Taz asked on 07/13/2010:
Hi Apollo, my name is Taz and I'm a 28-year old Jack Russell Terrier (4 years old in human years). My owner hasn’t been feeding me regularly and I don’t think she’s taking very good care of herself either. I’d feed us both, but I can’t reach the kibble. What can we do to make sure we’re both taken care of?
Well Taz, it seems that a possible solution would be to set up a guardianship / conservatorship (G & C) for your owner. This approved guardian can then make sure that the owner and you are taken care of. Note that a G & C cannot be established for a pet directly.
Disclaimer: Apollo is a very smart dog and he hangs around the office all day reading legal texts, but he's still a dog. You shouldn't use him as a legal adviser and should seek human legal counsel to address your pet-related issues and questions.