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 of three felony and 17 misdemeanor counts of animal abuse, Scott Kipp on Thursday insisted he loves dogs and that county officials over-reacted to the makeshift kennel he created at his Lake Worth storage yard.
And, just in case Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Karen Miller doubted his word, he called more than a dozen friends to attest to his stellar character and unflagging devotion to his dogs.
As more than 11 grim-faced county Animal Care and Control Officers looked on, Kipp’s friends, including an Elvis impersonator, a former Marine and an aspiring singer, paraded to the podium in hopes of saving Kipp from a lengthy prison term.
“He loves his dogs. His dogs are his life,” said Delray Beach resident Barbara Owens, echoing Kipp’s other friends.
Lt. Daisy Harsch of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control said citations dating back to 1992 paint a different picture. “He may portray himself as a humanitarian, and he may be toward humans, but with his animals, it’s a totally different story,” she told Miller.
Kipp’s attorney Bryan Raymond said Kipp didn’t deserve to be sent to jail. Prosecutors pushed for a five-year sentence.
After a two-hour hearing, 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.
Assistant State Attorney Angela Miller said agents have seen worse cases of abuse. But, she said, few have flouted the law for so long.
“The significance of him is the long-standing issues that Animal Care and Control kept bringing to his attention and he kept not correcting,” she said.
Today’s blog…..this is a great case for appeal…..
While most people feel anger when they hear or see about cases of Animal Cruelty remember there is still a right to a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney who can help stand between the accused and the anger. Pre-Trial motion practice is the most successful tool in the arsenal of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Experienced criminal attorney defense attorney, Andrew D. Stine, of West Palm Beach, Fl has this arsenal of tools at his disposal.
Motions to Suppress and Motions to Dismiss are just headings without the qualified experienced attorney handling your criminal Animal Cruelty or Neglect Cases. Was the search warrant properly issued is not where the work begins, because in Animal Cruelty Cases the search of real property is very sweeping and broad. Experienced Animal Cruelty Defense Attorneys’ realize that broad and sweeping distinction, and instead apply other legal principles to get animal cruelty cases reduced or dismissed. Motions to Dismiss in Animal Cruelty Cases are not ground in the argument that the State will not be able to carry their burden, like in most garden variety criminal cases. Instead in Animal Cruelty Cases, the Motion to Dismiss is grounded in “legal principles” and not factual issues.
Defending Animal Cruelty Cases is not for the inexperienced Attorney, who dabbles in garden variety criminal matters because with the wrong Attorney those accused of animal cruelty in the State of Florida end up behind bars.