CARU SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS v. SUSAN B. ANTHONY

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A California appellate court upheld a lower court’s finding that animal protection organizations have standing to bring civil actions under the California Corporations Code, allowing civil actions for an entity’s violation of “any law relating to or affecting animals.” The appeal was brought by the owner of a puppy mill after a lower court entered summary judgment in favor of the Caru Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in its case alleging that defendant puppy mill had subjected dogs to cruel and unsanitary conditions.

[To accompany State Case Law Update "California Court Affirms SPCAs Have Standing to Bring Civil Suits Against Animal Abusers" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 142.]