This program, hosted by the TBA Animal Law Section, is focused on an unfortunately common scenario – the discovery and rescue of large numbers of neglected, suffering animals in need of immediate medical care, and the corresponding and often complex legal consequences of these lifesaving efforts. In this informative program, you will see and hear firsthand about the related rescues in Carroll and Putnam counties of over 200 animals of many species, cruelly treated and then saved by a collaboration between Animal Rescue Corps, Redemption Road Rescue and local authorities, and the protracted legal battle and multiple court actions that followed. The panelists will provide first-hand experiences from the scenes of the crimes, including on the role of veterinarians and forensic evidence, and discuss important laws, known as cost-of-care statutes, which are designed to alleviate some of the negative impact of these situations on local municipalities and rescue groups.




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BRUCE WAGMAN has an exclusive animal law practice and litigates, drafts animal-friendly legislation, oversees rescue operations and consults clients who care for and protect animals. He has published Animal Law: Cases and Materials — and A Worldview of Animal Law. Wagman’s practice covers a broad range of animal-related legal issues — including cases involving the use of animals in entertainment, biomedical research, animal agriculture/food production, animal cruelty, and wildlife control. His clients include numerous animal protection organizations as well as private individuals. He has worked on behalf of many species, including alpacas, bears, birds, cats, chickens, chinchillas, chimpanzees, cows, deer, dogs, dolphins, ducks, elephants, elk, ferrets, geese, goats, gorillas, horses (domestic and wild), lions, mice, monkeys, pigs, rabbits, sharks, turkeys, whales and wolves. Wagman is regularly engaged in wide-ranging “impact litigation,” but he also loves to work with individuals on cases involving dog bites, animal custody disputes, and injuries to, and caused by animals.    

DAINA BRAY is General Counsel of Mercy for Animals and previously served as the General Counsel of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. With more than fifteen years in legal practice, Daina brings a breadth of nonprofit, international, and animal law experience. Daina is current chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Animal Law Section, a current co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) International Animal Law Committee, and a past chair of the ABA TIPS Animal Law Committee. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School, with pro bono distinction, and her bachelor’s in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead scholar. Following college, Daina spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Kingston, Jamaica, working in environmental education. Daina is the 2020 recipient of the ABA TIPS Excellence in Animal Law award.

TIM WOODWARD is the executive director of Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal protection organization. After working in operations and administration for more than 30 years, he left the corporate world to work fulltime for the benefit and protection of animals. Woodward was driven to help start ARC after learning how few resources exist for situations of large-scale animal suffering. After eight years serving as ARC’s chief operations officer, he assumed leadership of the organization in 2018 and has strategic and operational responsibility for the organization’s staff, programs, growth and mission impact. He has been recognized by the national animal law advocacy group, Animal Legal Defense Fund, as one of America’s Top Ten Animal Defenders in 2020.