Richard Angelo, Jr. is a legislative attorney for Best Friends Animal Society. His focus is on Best Friends’ work promoting legislation that will humanely and directly reduce the killing of cats and dogs in shelters across the country. He was previously a sole practitioner with an office in Davison, Michigan, focusing on companion animal-related matters and litigation, including defending dangerous dog matters, consulting on alternatives to breed-specific legislation, ownership disputes of companion animals, and zoning and ordinance violations regarding companion animals. Richard has spoken extensively on community cat-related legal issues, dangerous dog laws and animal control-related matters at numerous national, regional and local events across the country. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and from 2009-2011 he served as a council member of that section. He is also a member of the National Animal Care and Control Association. Richard resides in Goodrich, Michigan, with his wife, three dogs and three cats.