Nautical Kennels
Welcome to Nautical Kennels™
"Adrift on A Sea of Schipperkes"™
Nautical Kennels is not a lawyer and does not dispense legal advice but because we get involved with animal dispute resolution, we often work with lawyers. Please contact Attorney Lloyd D. Cohen at if you would like more information about Animal Law. 

What is Animal Law?

Animal law is a distinct legal discipline, with its own body of case law and a growing number of practitioners and academics. The practice of animal law deals primarily with resolving legal issues and situations in which the nature of animals–including their legal status, behavior or biology–is an important factor. Although animals themselves typically do not have the right to sue and be sued on their own behalf, legal action can be filed on behalf of people who care about animals, or who own them, or have suffered harm with them. As a general rule, if a person or a group of people can show that they have a real and tangible stake in a legal claim involving animals, they may have their grievances heard in a court of law.

What is our Animal Law focus?

Our focus is on the needs of our clients involved in an animal conflict before they resort to litigation, believing that the use of mediation and collaborative methods are the finest means of resolving animal conflicts with the goal of having an atmosphere in which conflicts over animals can be resolved with minimal pain and suffering for the parties and the animals.

  • Provide our clients with the information they need to make an informed decision before they choose to litigate.  
  • Enabling our clients to understand the benefits available to them by employing alternative dispute resolution methods at the outset of the conflict.
  • Provide this information to enable our clients to pursue a resolution of their conflict armed with the knowledge they will need to avoid litigation and save time, money and emotional heartache. Strive for a win-win in animal conflicts including:  
    • Family Conflicts like Divorce, Civil partnership resolutions, and Estate matters involving surviving pets. 
    • Housing Animal Conflicts with Condo & Neighbors, or Landlord/Tenant, or with Owner, Veterinarian, Groomer, Trainer or Dog walker.  
    • Breeder/Owner/Handler Animal Conflicts over Breeder /Owner Contracts, Handler/ Owner contracts, and All Breed Club and Breed Club Relationships with members.
    • Commercial Service Providers involved in an animal conflict between Owner &Veterinarian, Groomer & Trainer; and Dog walker & Customer.


Animal Dispute Resolution is a process available at the Cohen Law Offices to assist in the resolution of conflict involving humans and animals. The aim of Animal Dispute Resolution is to arrive at a win-win solution accepted by all parties involved in a conflict in place of court action. The additional goal is a result that also considers the best interests of the animal or animals involved.  Conflicts may involve one or several humans with one or several animals.  Conflicts may also involve an interdisciplinary dispute between humans whose subject matter is an animal. In addition, the dispute may involve traditional legal issues but because the subject matter involved is an animal, the parties may feel better facilitated at a law firm who understands animals.

What is Animal Law Litigation?

When negotiation is not a solution, litigation is an option and typical types of litigation include:

  • Cruelty to Pet, or Wrongful Death — You may have claims if your pet was killed by someone else's animal or harmed by a person's intentional acts.
  • Long Term Pet Protection— Your estate plan can provide for custody and care of your pet if you die first.
  • Disputes of Pet Custody — Who gets the dog or cat in a divorce or breakup, or in a jointly owned pet or livestock.
  • Stolen, Lost, or Seized Pets — There may be legal issues in recovering your missing animal even if you locate it.
  • Dog Bites and Animal Attacks — Representation is needed if you were bitten or if your animal injured someone else.
  • Veterinary malpractice lawsuits.
  • Vicious dog representation or prosecution defense.
  • Governmental action.
    • City, Town, State, Agency and Board Hearings.
    • Rights to keep pets, animals or livestock within city, town or neighborhood limits.
    • Registration under new OHIO laws!
    • Administrative challenges to State and federal government regulations.
    • Taxpayers lawsuits to curb unlawful state agency expenditures.
    • Sunshine Law litigation on behalf of citizens to enforce their public records requests.

CONTACT:  For more about Animal Law or Animal Conflict Resolution contact Attorney Lloyd D. Cohen at: contact me for his prompt personal attention!
He is located at: Cohen Law Offices | 824 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Phone: (614) 444-4211 | Fax: (614) 448-4522



Debra Cohen's message:  With my “Blanket of Schipperkes” here at Nautical Kennels™ I could never imagine life again without all “my kids” as I affectionately called them.  As I tell people I meet, you have not lived life ~unless you have had the companionship of a Schipperke. My BeLoved Baby Girl “Whim Sea” got her angle wings 11/15/2013 at 12:05 am.  She passed onto Heaven at home in my arms next to my heart as I felt her last two heartbeats.  She was looking me in the eyes showing all of her love, as her last breath crossed over my face.  I will never forget this moment in time for the rest of my life. Whim Sea’s story will soon be in a bookstore near you.  Also,Whims’ angle wings lullaby  is on ‘YouTube under Whim Sea Cohen’s Lullaby” . ( in affiliation with Nautical Kennels™ is an informational site dealing with animals.   If you have a story or comment you would like to share I may be contacted at or by mail. Mailing address is P.O. Box 1456 Grove City, Ohio  43123.    However, please remember you must disclose your full name, address, contact number in case I need to contact you) .  Remember,"A Dog Wags Its Tail with  Its Heart" . Thank you, Debra

   Debra S. Hart-Cohen is the Author of “Canines In The Courtroom” originally appearing the 2009 July/August Edition of the American Bar Association‘s GP/Solo Magazine and “Show Dogs and Breeds” with co-author, husband, Attorney Lloyd D. Cohen.  Their most recent book publication called “Being Prepared” can now be found in book stores and through the ABA.  

          "Adrift On A Sea Of Schipperkes"™

Owned & Loved
 Lloyd & Debra Cohen
Located in Columbus, Ohio

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