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CPT President Expert Witness Testifies in Court Cases



CPT—Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc.

6600 Roswell Road Suite D

Atlanta, GA


Atlanta, GA (July, 2014) CPT— It is becoming a more common occurrence that makes the news, someone was bitten by a dog.  Police come. Tempers flare. Of course sometimes it’s not just the “dangerous dogs” that make the news. Comprehensive Pet Therapy President Mark Spivak, an expert in animal behavior and training, has been qualified as an expert witness by judges for both civil and criminal matters. His testimony has help solve several cases.  

What can Expert in Animal Behavior and Training report in court? He is able to testify to the natural dog’s habits. This allows him to predict why the animal did act.


Dog bites are the number one complaint. Sometimes the homeowner claims the victim was not supposed to be on the property or that they really were injured. This includes Dog to Person cases and Dog to Dog cases. Sometimes there are landlord-tenant problems. Often the landlord claims he was unable to collect rent because of the dog.  One of the biggest questions is one of provocation.  Was the dog provoked?


Criminal cases get a little more complicated and include such things as zoning violations or city ordinance. It might involve animal control violations from nuisance complaints to vicious animal hearings.

Here are some examples of how a CPT expert in animal behavior and training helped a client.

The Case of the Mangled Leg

A child was bitten by the neighbor’s dog while running across property. One dispute was whether the land was community property or privately owned. The defendant’s lawyer argued that the child was trespassing. There had been no other citations for the dog’s behavior. Plaintiff’s attorney contacted CPT. No first hand evaluation could be done.

The CPT expert convinced the court that the dog had behaved aggressively before, there had been other cases against the dog, and the dog’s chain was still long enough to reach the children. The defendant knew the children ran in that lot.  The case was settled favorably for the defendant shortly after the testimony.

The Case of the Zoning Inspector that Needed Glasses

The officer was attacked by a dog. He claimed that the owner sent the dog to attack him. The owner was arrested. He contracted with CPT to testify in court. The CPT expert was able to prove that the dog was not trained in protection and was not aggressive by nature. The charges were dismissed.

If you need assistance from a CPT expert on animal behavior call (404)236-2150 or visit CPT on the web at  Call them for pet training your cat or dog too.


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