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How Even a Joke can End Up on Your Criminal Record

animal-cruelty-criminal-charges_180x120-150x120According to the Associated Press, a woman in Boulder, Colorado was sentenced to 30 days in jail after being convicted of taping her boyfriend’s dog to a refrigerator. Abby Toll, 21, has been charged with felony animal cruelty. With the help of her criminal defense attorney, Toll was able to avoid a potential imprisonment sentence of 18 months.

Police reported that Toll was upset with her boyfriend, Brian Beck, for paying more attention to the dog than her, so she used hair ties and packing tape to bind the snout and legs of the 2-year-old Shiba Inu named Rex, upside-down to the refrigerator.

Beck pleaded guilty to misdemeanor attempted animal cruelty and was given a one-year deferred sentence. Another family has adopted the dog.

Although Toll may have never meant serious harm to the dog, this kind of cruel joke will follow her for the rest of her life. With the conviction and media coverage, any employer or landlord will have access to this information.

Animal Cruelty on Your Criminal Record

Abby Toll, having been convicted of a felony, will now have a criminal record accessible by anyone who requests it, that does not to justice to the circumstances, but simply states she has been charged with felony animal cruelty.

When you apply for a job, a house, a loan, or pretty much anything where a background check is conducted, your criminal record can be your biggest enemy. It can take so many opportunities away from you and restrict your freedom. The most common way to clear your criminal record is to get it expunged. Contact a criminal defense lawyer for any questions you might have.

Animal Cruelty Defense

The Florida Statute states that:

(1) A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, or causes the same to be done, or carries in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.

(2) A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree.


Felony Animal Cruelty is a serious offense. Hire a Palm Beach County animal cruelty criminal defense lawyer who will take your case seriously.

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