Animal behaviour and welfare science is well developed; therefore experts are regularly called upon in animal-related court cases. I am an Individual Member of the Expert Witness Institute (EWI) and 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 reports on the welfare and behaviour of animals in criminal and civil cases related to section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the Animals Act 1971, and 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 attended court to give evidence as required. I have worked alongside an animal welfare charity, instructing solicitors and police forces. 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.
If you are a solicitor seeking an expert, please contact me directly for further information.
If you and your animal are implicated in court proceedings, 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.