Juliet Piccone

Juliet Piccone

Pet Legal Problems? Call Juliet! It pays to hire an experienced animal attorney
  • Animal & Dog Law
  • Colorado
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The Piccone Law Firm, LLC d/b/a Colorado Animal Attorneys was founded in 2013 by Colorado licensed attorney Juliet Piccone to provide personalized, affordable pet/animal related legal services for guardians and their animals. Colorado Animal Attorneys is one of only two law firms in CO that provide full time, exclusively animal law related legal services. It pays to hire an experienced animal attorney.

After graduating from Wheat Ridge Sr. High School in 1992, Ms. Piccone enrolled in The University of Colorado Boulder where she majored in Political Science. She then continued her education at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, CO. After graduating with her Juris Doctor from CU Law in 1999, she embarked on her legal career. Ms. Piccone clerked for a district court judge in the 8th Judicial District. Upon completion of her clerkship, Ms. Piccone became a skilled and aggressive civil litigator in the field of insurance defense. In that capacity she evaluated cases, counseled clients, researched and wrote pleadings and motions, conducted all aspects of discovery and disclosure, conducted hearings, prepared for and assisted with trials and worked on post-trial matters and appeals. Ms. Piccone merged her passion for animals with her legal talents in 2012 by entering the field of animal law. She quickly learned that this field requires familiarity with virtually every subcategory of law (criminal law, civil law including animal custody, torts, contracts, civil rights, replevin, and also the area of administrative law). In 2013 Ms. Piccone decided to open her own animal law practice. She pulls from her litigation background to provide aggressive representation to both pet and person. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants and also provides initial consultations to numerous individuals who need to discuss whether to pursue litigation or other avenues for a particular issue. Ms. Piccone lives in Aurora with her rescued cats and dogs.

Practice Area
  • Animal & Dog Law
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I do not offer free consultations because I am an expert in animal law. Other attorneys who offer free consults do not have my years of experience, so you get what you pay for, and a free consult is usually worthless. I do offer discounts on my normal hourly rate to non-profits, veterans and active service members.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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10th Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
University of Colorado Law School
J.D. (1999)
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University of Colorado - Boulder
B.S. (1996) | Political Science
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Professional Associations
Colorado State Bar # 30934
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Speaking Engagements
PACFA Rule Changes for Petsitters and Rescues, Hopeful Hound
No Kill Colorado
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122 Questions Answered

Q. If someone else's cat bit me, after it had entered my house and I tried to remove it, can i be liable or sued?
A: What happened to the cat? I’m not sure what the cat’s owner could sue you for unless you killed or seriously injured her cat and even if you did that an insurance adjuster would not be calling you, it would be a lawyer. You would have defenses against any claim since the cat was trespassing. Did you use private health insurance and indicate that another person’s pet caused your injuries? Did you make any claim under renters insurance? If so an adjuster for your insurance company may be contacting you about benefits and to determine if they can go after her for your expenses (subrogation). I also can’t think of any reason your property management would or could sue you; if anything you could potentially make a claim under premises liability if they had notice of the cat being around and dangerous but that’s a long shot.
Q. A friend of mine has 8 cats. She lives in a townhouse. Can she find out who filed a complaint against her?
A: Yes. If criminal charges have been filed in municipal court she or her lawyer can and must request “discovery” and a witness list. I always file a detailed motion for discovery to ensure I receive all witness statements which includes body cam videos. Prosecutors rarely dig deep and typically pass along what law enforcement has sent them (which is usually incomplete and in my experience can leave out important evidence for the defense). If county charges are pending discovery is mandatory, but takes a while. if no changes are pending (or ongoing investigation) she will need to file an open records request (CORA, Colorado Open Records Request) for documentation of all recorded activity including complaints for her specific address. If the dept of Ag is involved (PACFA) she can go online and submit a CORA request as well, but PACFA takes anonymous complaints. If an investigation is still pending most law enforcement agencies/PACFA will not release records; if charges are filed some agencies won’t release records but make you request discovery. She must not harass or intimidate the complaining party or will be at risk for criminal charges for that. Hopefully she invoked her 5th Amendment right against incriminating herself and did not allow a search/seizure without a warrant because if not everything she said can and will be used against her and can be twisted around by the officer in a report.
Q. Can the police just come and take a dog out of a house with no proof that is did something
A: Your question is not really clear, do you mean someone accused your dog of an attack? If that's what you mean, a complaining party's statements to law enforcement could give probable cause to impound a dog, especially if the accusation is that the dog bit a person and broke the skin, because Colorado has mandatory rabies quarantines which may mean that the dog gets impounded for 10 days. Usually a search and seizure warrant is needed to force-ably remove the dog from the home, but law enforcement are trained to convince the owner to give up his/her 4th amendment rights and "voluntarily" hand the dog over for impound. If this has happened to you, you really should consider consulting with a lawyer well versed in dangerous dog defense, such as myself.
Q. My ex gave me a dog as a Christmas present. We lived together with the dog for 3 years, He's claiming rights to her now.
A: I have personally litigated a number of cases with very similar fact patterns. In my last case, the girlfriend claimed that the puppy was a gift, but in court we proved that it was not, because the boyfriend had signed an adoption contract, the microchip was in his name and the vet records listed him as owner and she was just an emergency contact. Your facts seem to support your claim of ownership, unless the mother who paid will testify that she paid for the dog to be a gift from her to her son, and if he refutes your claims of gift. For all issues like this where litigation is likely, I highly recommend having a consultation with a lawyer who has litigated and won numerous pet custody cases in Colorado, such as myself.
Q. Can you adopt a pet if the owner goes to jail?
A: I'd recommend you either have a consultation with an experienced animal lawyer or if you are good at research, look up your local animal control laws on abandonment. Some specifically say that being incarcerated is grounds for abandonment. Next I would talk to your local animal control agency and explain the situation and see if they are willing to post the dog as "lost" and let you keep it during stray hold period, and/or formally adopt the dog to you after the waiting period. I'd also probablysend him a letter in jail stating the date he abandoned the dog.
Q. My boyfriend and I each have an esa dog and each have an additional dog. Is this allowed in Denver since half are esa?
A: You would need to first contact Denver Animal Protection and see if they license ESA animals separately from pets. Be prepared to bring very specific documentation per CO's fake assistance animal law which requires a qualified health care provider state that you are disabled and the specific need for the specific pet is directly related to that disability. Many jurisdictions will still impose a pet limit. In Denver it's 3 dogs.
Q. Someones dog jumped into my yard and got my dog pregnant. Can I sue?
A: Unless your bitch is an award winning purebred, what are the damages? Who are you going to sue? Are you going to go door to door demanding baby daddy paternity tests from all the male dogs? Why isn't your female spayed? I'd highly recommend you surrender both mom and pups to Fremont Humane Society ASAP. Doug Ray will make sure they are all neutered, vaccinated and hopefully placed in homes where they are not chained outside, homes that actually treat them as pets and not backyard security systems.
Q. I live in a rural part of Colorado. After 40 years of rescuing Siberian Huskies one of my dogs escaped the yard and
A: If you get charged with violating the state law of ownership of a dangerous dog that has killed a domestic animal, which includes livestock, animal control can seize the dog that did it, force you to pay for the animal's cost of care for months (and if you don't you lose ownership) and the court can order to put your dog down (it's actually a mandatory death sentence for killing a chicken, goat, cat, or any other domestic animal but I have sometimes been able to persuade a DA not to purse death), you will have a lot more problems than how much 2 chickens are worth. I can't tell you how many times charges were filed just because the victim and dog owner could not agree on restitution.
Q. Are pit bull/husky mix allowed in Costilla county Colorado ?
A: Colorado enacted legislation prohibiting breed bans in 2004, but subsequent court rulings held that the state statute is not applicable to home rule municipalities (for example Denver and Aurora). Costillo County is a political subdivision of the state, (counties do not have independent sovereignty) so must follow state law. I have been practicing breed ban defense in CO for over six years and have never seen anything come out of Costillo county for a breed ban and it's not on lists kept by national organizations that track BSL (breed specific legislation). That being said, if the authorities are telling you there in a ban, you need to request the county ordinance and then consult with a breed ban defense expert to know your rights.
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The Piccone Law Firm LLC dba Colorado Animal Attorneys
14261 East 4th Ave
Suite 210
Aurora, CO 80011
Telephone: (720) 535-6246
Fax: (866) 409-0499
Mailing Address
PO Box 472764
Aurora, CO 80047
Telephone: (720) 535-6246
Fax: (866) 409-0499