Ross Abelow, NY Divorce Attorney Tackles Pet Abandonment

Animal rights advocate, Ross Abelow has an altruistic side to his no-nonsense demeanor. The New York City lawyer is raising funds, via a GoFundMe Campaign to assist city shelters with abandoned dogs. Abelow says he realized the biggest obstacle to these abandoned dogs is reading about it but not doing much. That’s when the light bulb went off and Abelow started his GoFundMe Campaign. “Animal advocacy is the best second job I could hope for,” says Abelow. He’s looking to raise $5,000 to assist shelters.

Shelters are overcrowded, and leaving animals caged for long periods of time can result in behavioral issues. There are so many dogs in these shelters that these places become more of a filthy warehouse facility until their untimely death. Sure, there are many well-run facilities, but not all animals are lucky enough to find space at these places. If passed, new legislation (SB 410) in New York would tag on hefty fines – up to $2,000 – for owners that simply abandon their pets. “Even new legislation for fines is not a solution because the city is still overrun by strays,” says Abelow

Currently, the Agriculture and Markets law make it a misdemeanor to abandon a dog in New York, however, charges on these grounds are rarely enforced in the city.

Ross Abelow started practicing matrimonial law and then slowly branched into litigation in other areas, including entertainment law. Those considering divorce require not just an attorney to guide them through the legal system, but an expert attorney. There are a ton of issues to consider when it involves domestic relations, marriage and divorce. For example, a divorce may be a no-fault or based on fault grounds. Perhaps extenuating circumstances are involved like adultery or other defenses, like condonation. Laws have become increasingly complex and anyone going through a stressful divorce requires an experienced attorney like Ross Abelow to explain the laws, and guide clients to make a competent decision. Abelow graduated from NYU and went on to earn his J.D. at Brooklyn College of Law. Since 1990, he is licensed to practice law in Connecticut and New York.

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