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Loxahatchee Groves Case With 13 counts of Animal Cruelty

Janet Greene and her husband Craig have said the health of their treasured horses failed in a calamity that began with their unexpected eviction and was compounded by Tropical Storm Isaac (source, full story). But the county’s top animal investigators said that in the span of two months, one sick horse ended up becoming two dead horses and 13 sick ones, and they placed that blame squarely on Janet Greene, the horse’s owner of record. Wednesday, three weeks after her horses were confiscated from a Loxahatchee Groves property, Greene was charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty and one count of confining the animals without enough food. The animal cruelty charges are felonies, the remaining charge is a misdemeanor. Greene was booked into the county jail and released Thursday after… […]

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Animal Laws Protecting Endangered Species

Animal Laws Protecting Endangered Species

Authorities in Pinellas County announced Tuesday the surrender of the woman shown in photographs taking a joyride on a manatee, classified as an endangered species in Florida. Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 52, of St. Petersburg, turned herself in shortly after 4 p.m., Pinellas County Sheriff’s officials said. Deputies had met with Gutierrez at her home and questioned her. She admitted to riding the manatee and claimed she was new to the area and did not realize it was against the law to touch or harass manatees, investigators said. Deputies explained the law regarding manatees and the possible penalties for violating such laws and said charges would be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for prosecution. However, the nature of the crime this was not an arrestable offense because it did… […]

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Debarking Animal Cruelty Cases

Debarking is a surgery performed on dogs that removes their ability to bark loudly. The procedure, which cuts into the vocal cords while the dog is under general anesthesia, is fairly simple and rarely has complications. Yet many believe that debarking dogs is not only unnecessary but also inhumane, that it does not fix underlying problems causing the dog to bark, and that it is simply cruel to take away the ability of a dog to vocalize. The surgery used in debarking dogs is fairly straightforward. After the dog is anesthetized, a veterinary surgeon either reaches in through the mouth of the dog or makes a small incision in the larynx. Using a laser or surgical tools, the surgeon then cuts part of the vocal folds off, then closes the… […]

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Over 200 Dogs Rescued from Puppy Mill in Boca Raton

Over 200 Dogs Rescued from Puppy Mill in Boca Raton

Animal cruelty crimes are the most heartbreaking of all because the victims of the crimes are truly defenseless. Puppy mills are often the biggest animal cruelty cases that people encounter. A puppy mill, sometimes called a puppy farm, is a commercial breeding facility where the operators focus solely on profits and give no heed to the animals’ welfare. The conditions are almost always deplorable. A puppy mill was discovered and raided recently in Venice, where over 200 dogs were rescued by the Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton and are being treated. Potential Animal Cruelty Charges According to an article in WPTV News, dozens of dogs rescued last week from a puppy mill arrived at the Boca Raton Tri-County Humane Society late Saturday night and could be up for adoption… […]

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Possible Animal Cruelty and A Bomb Threat

Animal Services is an organization given the responsibility to care for animals neglected or abused by their owners. It is often heart breaking to hear stories about animal service centers that are under investigations of animal cruelty. For animal lovers, it can be jarring to hear that an organization that is dedicated to helping defenseless animals is actually causing more harm than good. One man was outraged to hear that a dog had been euthanized way too soon – violating policy – and actually made several threatening phone calls to the Hernando County Animal Services, even making a bomb threat. Animal Cruelty in Hernando County Hernando County Commissioners are calling for an investigation into a situation that amplified into a bomb threat at the Hernando County Animal Services center. Zeus,… […]

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Is Hoarding Considered Animal Cruelty?

Florida animal cruelty laws state very specifically that anyone who deprives necessary sustenance or shelter or treats any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor. So how does animal hoarding fit into this description? Charging an animal hoarder with animal cruelty can be tricky because people have the right to live the way they want. The issue is proving that the hoarder’s living conditions is a direct threat to the health or life of the animal(s) in question. Several cases have been surfacing recently after the show “Confessions: Animal Hoarding” on Animal Planet has gained the attention of the populous. Florida Animal Cruelty Laws According to Statute 828.12: A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates,… […]

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Animal Cruelty in Fort Pierce

Animal Cruelty in Fort Pierce

Animal cruelty laws in Florida are getting stricter. More and more animal sanctuary owner-operators are being charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty throughout Florida as law enforcement attempts to crack down on the crime. Animal cruelty is the deliberate harm or death of an animal cause by the intentional abuse or neglect of its owner or caregiver. Depending on the severity of the crime, animal cruelty can be charged as a felony with penalties including several years in prison. Animal Cruelty in Fort Pierce A former owner-operator of the Sanctuary Animal Refuge west of Fort Pierce is feeling the full extent of the law after being arrested Thursday and charged with 157 counts of animal cruelty.  While this number is incredibly high, anyone can understand why her sentence is… […]

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8 Dead, and 10 Starving Horses Found in Miami-Dade Dumping Ground

8 Dead, and 10 Starving Horses Found in Miami-Dade Dumping Ground

Animal cruelty is extremely sad and unfortunate, but at the same time it is very common, especially in South Florida counties like Miami-Dade county and Palm Beach County. Animal cruelty is a crime that is also difficult to detect because it is an ongoing process that often stays within the confines of the defendant’s home and unless law enforcement gets a tip from a suspicious neighbor, the animal continues to be a helpless victim and may even die. 18 horses and a severely injured dog were found in Miami-Dade County Sunday in deplorable condition and close to death. Animal Cruelty in Miami-Dade County According to an article in WPTV News, The South Florida Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals got a tip about potentially abandoned horses. When the… […]

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Animal Cruelty Awareness in Florida

Animal Cruelty Awareness in Florida

Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed this week, the week of February 4-12 as the fourth annual “Florida Week for the Animals.” The awareness week is dedicated to promoting awareness for animals and to give recognition to the organizations throughout that fight for animal rights. There are events like pet adoption festivals, educational activities, and even a salute to working and search and rescue K-9’s. These events are put together to celebrate the animals within our community, and shine the light on people who work to prevent animal cruelty. Animal Cruelty Laws in Florida According to Florida Statute 828.12., the crime of Animal Cruelty can be charged when: A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, is guilty of… […]

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Facebook Leads to Arrest of Mom Charged with Child Abuse

Facebook Leads to Arrest of Mom Charged with Child Abuse

Facebook has become a daily part of many people’s lives. Law enforcement is now using the social media site more often to catch criminals. Over a year ago, Facebook was used to track down a mother and daughter who repeatedly committed animal cruelty crimes against a pig, and posted a video of the act. Now, an Orange County mother has been arrested on charges of child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor due to another video on Facebook. Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor The legal definition of contributing to the delinquency of a minor can include anything done by an adult that would allow or encourage illegal behavior by a person under the age of 18. It is also considered contributing to the delinquency of… […]

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