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Arrested for Violating Probation

Arrested for Violating Probation

Probation is a sentence ordered by a judge that allows a convicted person to live in society under the supervision of a probation officer, instead of serving time in jail. Probation is different from parole. Parole is the conditional release of a prison inmate after serving part or all of his or her sentence. Violating probation is a serious charge with many repercussions. Your probation may be revoked.This is an action taken against a probationer who fails to comply with the terms of the probationary grant. A Palm Beach County prosecutor can use a probation violation against someone who has been charged with a new crime. When a formal probation revocation is filed in conjunction with a new case, a prosecutor has a tremendous advantage to force a plea bargain… […]

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How the Fort Pierce Humane Society is Accused of Animal Cruelty

People are arrested on animal cruelty charges all the time. In Florida, animal cruelty can be charged as anything from a civil infraction up to a felony. Those charges, as well as fines, add up when a person is charged with cruelty or neglect to a group of animals. The Humane Society is under scrutiny as former employees are gathering to accuse the organization of abusing animals in their care. Being charged with animal cruelty is extremely serious and only an animal cruelty criminal defense lawyer with a successful track record can guide you through this situation. Humane Society in Fort Pierce Accused of Abuse According to WPTV News, the Humane Society in Fort Pierce was recently accused of animal cruelty by a former doctor, a new contract is being… […]

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Prison Terms for Animal Cruelty Charge

Prison Terms for Animal Cruelty Charge

Animal cruelty is a charge that umbrellas several different definitions of crimes within the state of Florida. Animal cruelty charges can include animal neglect, felony or misdemeanor animal cruelty, and even animal fighting. Lake Worth man gets prison term for poor treatment of dogs. After a two-hour hearing, judge Miller sentenced Kipp to six months in jail and five years of probation. While he can keep the five dogs a judge returned to him and a bird and a cat he owns, Miller said he can’t own any more animals for five years. Before trial, he rejected a plea deal that called for no jail time- reports Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Post. Read excerpts from the story below: WEST PALM BEACH — Even though a jury in April convicted him… […]

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How Discipline Became Animal Cruelty

How Discipline Became Animal Cruelty

According to a WPTV News article, a Boca Raton man was arrested Wednesday after detectives say he beat his puppy to death. Shane Michael Thompson, 20, brought his deceased puppy ‘Moonshine’, a three-legged wolf hybrid, to the Cole Animal Clinic in Boca Raton on October 17th. Thompson told the clinic employees he wanted to cremate it after it had died during that morning, possibly due to a seizure. But vet technicians discovered that the pup’s body was bloody, and had various blunt trauma all over its body. A necropsy was performed and the report revealed “Moonshine” suffered blunt force trauma prior to death and the cause of death was suspected to be asphyxiation. A phone call was also placed to the Tri-County Humane Society after a ‘friend’ of Thompson called… […]

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Is Animal Cruelty a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

Is Animal Cruelty a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

Animal cruelty is a charge that umbrellas several different definitions of crimes within the state of Florida. Animal cruelty charges can include animal neglect, felony or misdemeanor animal cruelty, and even animal fighting. All of these charges are extremely serious and can cost you prison time and expensive fines upon conviction. Animal Cruelty in Florida The three types of animal cruelty charges are animal neglect, felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty, and animal fighting. Animal Neglect – animal neglect is considered to be the unlawful deprivation of necessities like food, water, or shelter. Animals must be provided with a reasonable amount of exercise and a change of air if they are confined according to Florida law. This kind of neglect can be charged as a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum… […]

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How to Deal with Animal Cruelty Charges

How to Deal with Animal Cruelty Charges

In south Miami, a teen is charged with animal cruelty and is accused of mutilating more than 19 cats last year. DNA test results were released Wednesday after it was analyzed at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Tyler Weinman, 19, was arrested last June when police had attached a GPS tracking device to his vehicle that located him in the immediate area of a killing. Police reported that Weinman had long red scratches that gave evidence to struggling with the cats. Scalpels, knives, nylon rope, duct tape, computers, and clothing were all items found and seized from Weinman’s car and home during the investigation. Florida Law Animal cruelty is a serious offense. People who engage in animal cruelty can be convicted of a felony of the… […]

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St. Lucie County Makes Headlines for Animal Cruelty

Fort Pierce has made headlines for one of the most severe cases of animal cruelty in years. St. Lucie County animal control officers on Monday were investigating the health of over 100 animals at the Sanctuary Animal Refuge in Western St. Lucie County. Officials were called to the property after an argument erupted between Palena Dorsey, the owner of Sanctuary Animal Refuge, and Jay Apicella, executive director of the Dogs & Cats Forever shelter in Fort Pierce. When deputies arrived to mitigate the argument between Apicella and Dorsey, they immediately called animal control officials when they witnessed the conditions the animals were kept in. Apicella was able to rescue ten dogs from the property. According to an article in WPTV News, about 35 cats and nearly 160 dogs – including… […]

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How Palm Beach Pet Shop Owners could be Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

How Palm Beach Pet Shop Owners could be Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

A Lantana pet shop owner has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty. A discovery at Forever Puppies led authorities to search her apartment where they found a gruesome scene. The woman had been known to stockpile animals in her home, but authorities were hardly prepared for what they found there. The Case According to an article in WPTV News, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control workers moved through the apartment of Debora Van Oort, the owner of Forever Puppies, taking in one disturbing sight after another, until they reached the kitchen and pulled open the freezer. Throughout the search, they found five dead dogs and cats, miniature victims of neglect and cruelty, authorities said. By Monday evening, animal care and control workers had seized 26 animals including dogs,… […]

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Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew D. Stine will Fight County Ordinance on Guard Dogs

Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew D. Stine will Fight County Ordinance on Guard Dogs

Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners have voted and unanimously passed a new county ordinance on March 15, tightening laws regarding owning and caring for animals. As discussed in a previous blog post “What the New Animal Cruelty Law Changed,” the new minimum standards are causing significant problems among many pet owners. Guard dogs are a hot topic when discussing the new ordinances passed. Guard dog owners must now have a county permit and register their dogs with animal control. There is now also a mandatory minimum of a 100 square foot enclosure and 50 square feet of living space for each additional dog with a separate shelter with bedding. Dogs that have not been neutered or spayed must be housed separately and if temperatures rise above 85 degrees Fahrenheit,… […]

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What the New Animal Cruelty Laws Changed

What the New Animal Cruelty Laws Changed

According to an article in WPTV News, Palm Beach County commissioners passed new legislation Tuesday rewriting the r ules and regulations regarding animals in an effort to prevent animal cruelty. The legislation mostly focuses on the purchase and care of animals. The new laws According to the article, dogs can no longer be left tied up or put in pens smaller than 80 square feet when left out doors. Pet stores must now disclose the medical histories and birthplaces of individual animals. Guard dogs now must be licensed and stored in cages of a certain size. The reaction to this new legislation passed was split pretty evenly two ways. Animal rights activists felt a sense of victory after the new laws were passed, whereas progressives and hunters and guard dog… […]

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