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West Palm Beach Defense Lawyer Discusses Animal Cruelty Charges

Palm Beach County and specifically Loxahatchee, FL has seen its share of animal cruelty cases throughout the years Palm Beach County and specifically Loxahatchee, FL has seen its share of animal cruelty cases throughout the years. Attorney Andrew D. Stine has represented Loxahatchee, FL residents for over 15 years in animal cruelty cases. Palm Beach County cases like Anderson, Goll, Briggs, Mays, and tens of others have all depended on West Palm Beach animal cruelty defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine to represent them in their prosecution for animal cruelty and animal neglect cases. Animal Cruelty is defined in Florida under section 828.12 and can either be a Felony or a Misdemeanor. The Animal Cruelty statute under Florida Law deals with all animals: domestic animals like dogs and cats and non-domestic… […]

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Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control’s Animal Cruelty Investigations

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control’s Animal Cruelty Investigations

As a practicing criminal defense lawyer and one who has built a reputation in animal law, I am writing this blog as a public announcement, as to behavior that I find very objectionable, regarding Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. The mission of any Animal Care and Control Facility is to assure the public that unwanted domestic animals will be properly maintained during sheltering or re-homing, that the citizens of their locale will provide proof of rabies vaccinations to protect the public as a whole from the virus and to provide the public with the daunting task of euthanasia for those who cannot afford to use a private licensed veterinarian. As a matter of fact their slogan is “protecting the health, safety and welfare of animals and residents.” But… […]

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How Facebook led to Animal Cruelty Arrests

How Facebook led to Animal Cruelty Arrests

Animal cruelty charges can seriously impact your life. It is a common occurrence in Palm Beach County, which led the county to pass an ordinance strictly regulating care and treatment of animals. Despite the new ordinance, there are still some extreme animal cruelty cases that make headlines. According to WPTV News, a mother and a daughter were both facing felony charges of animal cruelty. Sheriff Deryl Loar considers the incident to be one of the worst cases of animal cruelty the county has seen in a while. The women were arrested at their home near Vero Beach. The arrests resulted from a nearly month-long investigation that began with a Facebook video. Allegedly, the two women had posted a video on a private Facebook page of themselves encouraging their two dogs… […]

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How Are the New Animal Cruelty Laws Affecting You?

How Are the New Animal Cruelty Laws Affecting You?

The new tethering laws for animals have a lot of surprised people being visited by Animal Care and Control serving warnings. The new law prohibits people from leaving pets outside tied up without supervision. Neighbors are calling in at a much higher rate to report people who tie up their animals. The only problem is, many animals are not being mistreated but the owners are still receiving visits and warnings from Animal Care and Control. Not Animal Cruelty A Palm Beach County dog owner and her family received a surprising visit from Animal Care and Control. A concerned citizen had called to complain that Lisa Brown and her family had tied up their dog Sassy outside. “She’s good, she’s perfectly taken care of, she’s spoiled, and we love her to… […]

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Animal Law Conference Next Tuesday

Animal law is evolving rapidly and the changes can be seen throughout the nation. The laws in South Florida changed to make the laws that protect animals much stricter, specifically the tethering laws. These new laws have seen a spike in animal cruelty arrests in the area, and the laws are only continuing to change. Animal Law Conference A live audio conference will be held on November 15 at 1:00 pm ET for a full hour and 30 minutes discussing the field of animal law. The conference is hosted by Lorman Educations Services and will discuss issues like litigation, legislation, and corporate/transactional work. It is important to understand how much animal law is changing and developing throughout the country and this conference can serve as a comprehensive introduction to the… […]

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Animal Cruelty and Abuse Charges in Florida

Animal Cruelty and Abuse Charges in Florida

Criminal charges of Animal Cruelty, in the State of Florida, can be brought as Misdemeanor or Felony crimes. There can also be local civil penalties associated with animal neglect or animal cruelty infractions. Law Enforcement Officers, like the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and other local municipality Police Officers, are responsibility for investigation all criminal animal cruelty cases in the State of Florida. On the other hand, local Animal Care and Control Offices, like Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, are responsible for investigating all ordinance infractions of the local county government. If the facts show that the actions of the animal owner fall into section 828.12 of the Florida Criminal Statutes, which in a nutshell hold that: A person who deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or kills… […]

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Animal Cruelty Offense and Laws

Animal Cruelty Offense and Laws

Animal cruelty, sometimes called animal abuse or neglect, involves human infliction of suffering or harm to an animal. Animal cruelty laws define activities which are deemed illegal and may also provide sentencing guidelines in the event that someone is convicted of animal cruelty. Animal cruelty laws are put in place to define conditions that are deemed unsafe or cruel to animals. If animals are confined in spaces smaller than those outlined in the law, their keepers will be subject to penalties. Other animal cruelty laws can cover things like working conditions for working animals, such as carriage horses and racing greyhounds. Animal cruelty laws tend to provide more aggressive protections for pets and companion animals such as horses, cats, and dogs, in contrast with animals raised for food like cows,… […]

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Animal Cruelty Charges in Florida

Animal Cruelty Charges in Florida

Animal cruelty crimes can either be a misdemeanor or a felony. The State Attorney of each distinct county, throughout Florida, is responsible for what charges are lodged against an individual. The Law Enforcement Official, who investigates many, if not all animal cruelty cases in Florida, is Animal Care and Control. Throughout the State of Florida, Animal Care and Control offices are set up and funded primarily by tax dollars and other fees assessed to the people of Florida. The director of each Animal Care and Control district is approved, after open application process and review by the County Commissioners in the distinct County. The difference between being charged with a misdemeanor or felony in an animal cruelty case depends a lot on what the sediments of the community are regarding… […]

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Animal Neglect and Abandonment Are Too Common in South Florida

Animal Neglect and Abandonment Are Too Common in South Florida

Two starving horses languishing in a barn have been rescued by a good Samaritan and a newly formed equine rescue group. “They’ve been eating hay ever since they got here,” Victor Cutino said of Dreamer and Haven, both Thoroughbreds and one-time racehorses. With the economy still faltering, horse neglect cases remain far too common across South Florida, equine experts say. Epona’s Path, a rescue ranch in central Palm Beach County founded in 2009, has been doing similar work, taking in dozens of unwanted horses left to fend for themselves. “It’s gotten so much worse since the economy has tanked,” said Jeanette Jordan, president and executive director of the South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue. “People end up not being able to feed their horses. It’s really very tragic.” Starving a horse… […]

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Animal Hoarding – More Than Animal Cruelty

LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA — “Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officers removed at least 140 cats — most of them sick and some deceased — from a woman’s home on Wednesday morning, 12/19/12 – in what investigators are calling one of the largest cases of animal hoarding the county has recently seen.” “Officials armed with a warrant began searching Diane Carle’s home at around 8:30 a.m. Wearing protective garb and respirators, rescue crews found cats covered in filth, urine and feces. They placed the cats that were still alive in crates and took them to a shelter. Carle voluntarily surrendered the cats to investigators and will likely face charges.” Animal hoarding is a deviant behavior that involves keeping an “abnormally high” number of animals as pets without having the… […]

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