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Expert Witness Services

Animal behaviour and welfare science is well developed, and therefore experts are regularly called upon in animal-related court cases. I am able to provide expert witness services, to include a report-based unbiased expert opinion concerning the behaviour and/or welfare of domesticated dogs, cats or rabbits. My expert witness work is nationwide.

I have experience of providing unbiased opinions and/or reports on the welfare of animals in cases related to section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and on the behaviour of animals where owners are facing prosecution under sections 3(1) and (4) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and under section 1(3) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1989. I have also worked alongside an animal welfare charity and police forces to this effect. Expert reports, with pertinent references to animal behaviour science, are prepared and presented to the court and, where appropriate, they include recommendations for the animals future behaviour and management.

Please contact me directly for further information. If you have not already instructed a solicitor, I will advise you to do so. I then review all case details before conducting a behaviour and/or welfare assessment of the animal(s) concerned. This takes place in the owners home or in holding kennels, as appropriate. A report is then prepared and I attend court hearings as required.