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Re: “Lawyer and (animal) lover

Representing a person guilty of abandoning his dog on a mountain sullies your reputation than anything anyone could have said on or off the record.
Ms. Piccone has done remarkable work for all animals, not for the humans that abuse them.

7 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Rae Castina on 05/23/2014 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Lawyer and (animal) lover

Sorry. I thought the first letter didn't post. (first time posting on Facebook)!

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Posted by Pamela kent on 05/23/2014 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Lawyer and (animal) lover

My name is Pamella Kent. My daughter was murdered at her boyfriend's apartment. There has not yet been an indictment in the case but the boyfriend is a suspect. When my daughter died the boyfriend took her dog, Carmella to his mother's house. The dog is not nor was she ever his dog. As legal representative of my daughters estate Carmella should be with me. She may even have been in danger if left with him.
Even though I sought several times to retrieve Carmella with the help of the Arapahoe County Sheriffs Office I was told that this was a property issue and was for the court to decide. The boyfriend was claiming Carmella belonged to him.
Seeking help I was referred by a victims rights advocacy to The Animal Law Center where I spoke with Jay Swearingen. He Charged me a stiff fee for writing an ineffective letter to the boyfriends attorney. He then said he would take my case but that it would be very expensive. More than I could afford. So I went to another victims advocacy who referred me to The Piccone Law Firm.
Juliette Piccone immediately grasped the situation and took my case on a pro-bono basis. Though I have tried to pay her what I could for her services she has never asked for a penny.
Because of Juliette's legal expertise through this lengthy and complicated situation I now have Carmella with me. She has represented me at 4 court appearances, filed many motions and spent many hours of expert legal maneuvering.
The battle is not yet over. The boyfriend still wants the dog. We still have another hearing in the case. But judging by her legal abilities to this point I have every confidence in Juliette. I expect the best possible outcome with her at my side.

4 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Pamela kent on 05/23/2014 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Lawyer and (animal) lover

My name is Pamela Kent. My daughter was murdered in her boyfriend's home. He has not yet been indicted but he had taken possession of her dog Carmella, and claimed her as his own. As legal representative of my daughter's estate Carmella should have gone to me. After seeking several times to have the Arapahoe County Sheriff get Carmalla back I was informed that this was a matter for the court to decide. So I sought help from a victims advocate who referred me to The Animal Law Center. I then went to their office and spoke with Jay Swearingen. He wrote an Ineffectual letter to the boyfriend's attorney for which he charged what I considered very high for the actual work he did. He said he would represent me in this case but that it would be very expensive. So I contacted another victims advocacy, Rocky Mountain Victims Law Clinic, who referred me to The Piccone Law Firm. Juliette Piccone Immediately saw that Carmella should be mine and that she may even have been in danger if left with the boyfriend. She took the case on a pro-bono agreement even though it has been a complicated and lengthy affair. I have given her what I could afford for her her legal expertise but she never asked for a penny. Through her considerable efforts (4 court hearings, Many motions to the court and many, many hours of legal maneuvering), I have Carmella back where she belongs. There is no one I would rather have at my side during such an emotionally stressed-filled legal situation, trying to protect an innocent little puppy from injustice and a possibly very dangerous situation. Juliette has done every possible thing she could to insure Carmella has a safe place to live, with her rightful owner. The legal battle is not over. The boyfriend stills claims Carmella, and we have another court hearing coming up soon. But I have complete confidence in Juliette's ability as an animal rights attorney and in her compassion for me in these trying times. With her help I know I can expect the best possible outcome for this dog and I.

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Posted by Pamela kent on 05/23/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Lawyer and (animal) lover

OUCH someone hit a nerve.....Facts would clear this up and financials usually work but wouldn't that take time away from the important issue "the animals"?? How rude to call someone by their last name and no title.. I am sure Ms Piccone has earned the respect of being addressed like a human and not an object. I am reading between the lines on this one. Talk about pathetic this is a no brainer.,

4 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Donna Santella on 05/23/2014 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Lawyer and (animal) lover

Wasn't it ALC that represented the man that left his dog on a mountain to die for 8 days and got him what amounted to a slap on the wrist for such actions? I do not see where that is serving the animals at all. If not for the 7 or 8 that went up that mountain and backpacked that dog down, at which time ALC's client wanted said dog back,(luckily he did not get the dog back) the animal would have in fact died but you saw fit to represent a GUILTY man. How does that work?

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Posted by Angela Henson on 05/22/2014 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Lawyer and (animal) lover

Jennifer, my comment about my time at The Animal Law Center was meant to be "off the record." And the pit bull cases were contingency with statutory attorney fees if the parties prevailed, not pro bono. I didn't mean to start a war of words with you. God knows we will always have our differences. Juliet Piccone, founder of The Piccone Law Firm, Colorado Animal Attorneys and Animal Attorneys of the Rocky Mountains (non-profit).

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Posted by Juliet Piccone on 05/22/2014 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Lawyer and (animal) lover

We at The Animal Law Center want to clear up a comment in this article made by a disgruntled former volunteer/employee Juliet Piccone. Her statement, that “everything is about the money” at The Animal Law Center, grossly misrepresents what we do and how we operate.
More than 95% of our cases are pro-bono or low-bono, because we operate on a shoe-string budget and strive to serve the public. Each of our highly accredited professional staff members receives far less compensation than our colleagues in the legal field. We make this sacrifice to sustain the firm and to serve the public interest of Colorado, as well as the national animal community. What little revenue is generated is either invested back into the firm or issued as minimal payment for work. Piccone was a beneficiary of some of that minimal compensation. I donate countless hours to legal cases and related causes and have spent the greater part of a personal inheritance to create and build this practice.
One example of the pro or low bono cases we’ve done is a pit bull service dog case out of Denver and Aurora. That recently settled case alone entailed thousands of attorney hours spanning five years. We also represent countless rescues, shelters, and non-profit organizations for little or no money. In fact, we don’t take a normal hourly rate for many of our cases.
Piccone’s indefensible comments constitute a pathetic effort to sully the work we do and they are offensive. It should be understood by all that The Animal Law Center is about animals first – not profits.
Jennifer Edwards, lawyer and founder of The Animal Law Center

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Posted by ALC on 05/22/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “One canine humps another — and four lawyers later, we've got all sorts of entanglements

Praying for Justice for Mashka. Rest in peace beautiful baby. ALL the owner wants is some compassion shown. Shame on Joe Mahor. HE should not be above the law. I repeat, Praying for Justice for Mashka!

16 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Vicki Howell on 05/21/2014 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Soldiers' advocates take to court to fight Carson ban

I wish an advocate had been available to my son when he was criminalized rather than treated for issues stemming from PTS & TBI. My son was pushed to plead guilty to a crime he didn't commit to avoid excessive sentencing and discharge threatened by military prosecutors. He was stationed in Hawaii with 25th ID.
The military is archaic in their legal system, and criminal in medical mismanagement. Documents about his medical mismanagement can be found at:

15 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by topesmom on 05/21/2014 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Independents say they've been locked out of primaries for too long

" the top three vote-getters, and any other candidate with at least 3 percent of the vote..."

So in a state where one political party is dominant you would see only candidates from that party? Doesn't sound like much of a choice to me.

How about we instead remove party affiliation from the ballot altogether and allow all candidates to run who collect 5000 registered voter signatures. That way we remove big money and automatic party sponsorship from the equation.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 05/19/2014 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Downtown streetscaping advances

Kudo's for the city getting rid of the sod and putting in low maintenance and no water waste pavers!!

Posted by Harry Roundabout on 05/19/2014 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Veteran politicians show interest in Colorado Springs' top job

Richard Skorman is a better candidate than any of the bluenoses mentioned. Unfortunately, he is too much a reasonable moderate to win in this, God's Waiting Room for Retired Colonels.

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Posted by JohnKoury on 05/19/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Veteran politicians show interest in Colorado Springs' top job

I'm just as informed or ill-informed as anyone else who reads the Gazette. And thanks for taking a moment to correct my spelling. I wouldn't want to make THAT mistake a third time.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by curious on 05/18/2014 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Veteran politicians show interest in Colorado Springs' top job

Curious, your rant might be a bit convincing if you knew that the past mayor of NYC is Bloomberg, not Bloomsberg. As it is, you just look mean and ill-informed.

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Posted by Owen on 05/18/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Veteran politicians show interest in Colorado Springs' top job

Mrs Lathen's role in working to prevent the public from exercising their right to petition government in the term limit issue is a matter to keep in mind.…

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Posted by Staci6 on 05/17/2014 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Veteran politicians show interest in Colorado Springs' top job

Veteran politician and political careerist Amy Lathen is thinking she might run for the $100K job as mayor. She says "a lot of people" have talked with her about running. How many of these talkers are "city leaders" and real estate folk who appreciate her solid backing of C4C and her enthusiastic approval to use public tax money to build a downtown stadium? Lathen also says, "I have a very good sense of what the people want . . ." Does she have a "very good sense" that the taxpayers don't want a stadium that will consume our future sales tax dollars? But Lathen, as one of the "city leaders", is paying attention to only her fellow "city leaders" and it is THEY - not US who have to pay for it - who will decide to build the stadium and on whose property to place it.

Zubeck's 5.7.14 Indy article, Question #8, makes it clear that even were it to accomplish the impossible goal of booking 469!!! events a year, the stadium will not generate sufficient cash flow to service debt. Lathen needs to read and study Zubeck's article instead of the Gazette's PR editorials.

Another Lathen shocker I read in Gazette this week is her goal to change the law so that govt employees - such as herself - can opt out of social security. She says, as we all know, that SS is a sinking ship and she wants off. What about US? Why jump ship and leave the rest of us to go down with the Titanic?

Should Lathen throw her wig into the mayorial ring, I will be voting for her opponent, no matter how Bloomsbergish he/she might be because I know what to expect from Bloomsberg and therefore won't be disappointed. I might even be happily surprised.

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Posted by curious on 05/17/2014 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Veteran politicians show interest in Colorado Springs' top job

teabaggers, religious fanatics and crazy county gun nuts and combinations of all of these.... greeeeeeeeeat!

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Posted by happyfew on 05/14/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Veteran politicians show interest in Colorado Springs' top job

Of the potential candidates for Mayor referenced in Ms. Zubeck's article, which do you feel would have the strongest chance to win ? A one-minute Quick-Poll. Thank you!…

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Posted by Staci6 on 05/14/2014 at 4:56 AM

Re: “Drake fire causes 'major damage'

One hundred years of operation with not a single safety issue - yet a convenient major fire just when Big Development needs to shut it down so that it does not interfere with big profits.

I'm not buying it.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 05/12/2014 at 5:27 PM

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