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How to Deal with Animal Cruelty Charges

weinman_180x120In 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 first or third degree. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is your best option when dealing with animal cruelty charges.

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.

Animal Care and Control (ACC)

The ACC is responsible for the initial investigation in an animal cruelty complaint. Often they will walk through yards or look through fences for evidence police can use to obtain a search warrant. These searches walk a fine line between what is legal and what violates Fourth Amendment rights. If any evidence is obtained through an illegal search of property, an experienced criminal defense attorney will strive to have that evidence suppressed and the case dismissed, if possible.

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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