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Sarah Buel: Professor’s life experience is basis for helping domestic violence victims (access required)

Sarah Buel teaches a law class at the Diane Haile Center at ASU. (Photo by Kyle A. Porter/Arizona Capitol Times)

Sarah Buel was working as a paralegal for the city prosecutor’s office in Seattle when a judge called her up to the bench after a hearing. She had just argued passionately on behalf of a victim in a domestic violence case. The husband had poured boiling water on his wife, burning and scarring her terribly. Buel’s boss wanted to drop assault charges, saying the family at least had insurance to cover her medical care. The judge told Buel she should become a lawyer.

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Standing up for our furry friends

Richard and Sally Andrade, of Glendale, used the 2009 mauling death of their poodle, Fabian, by a loose pit bull as motivation to change things. The result of their effort was Arizona’s Aggressive Dog Owner Responsibility Law, also known as Fabian’s Law, enacted in 2011.

Animal advocacy groups push more laws to protect Arizona pets Edythe Jensen Arizona Capitol Times correspondent The gruesome death of a miniature poodle triggered the latest in a growing number of Arizona animal protection laws. And well-organized activists say the list is far from complete.

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