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How Facebook led to Animal Cruelty Arrests

How Facebook led to Animal Cruelty Arrests

Animal cruelty charges can seriously impact your life. It is a common occurrence in Palm Beach County, which led the county to pass an ordinance strictly regulating care and treatment of animals. Despite the new ordinance, there are still some extreme animal cruelty cases that make headlines. According to WPTV News, a mother and a daughter were both facing felony charges of animal cruelty. Sheriff Deryl Loar considers the incident to be one of the worst cases of animal cruelty the county has seen in a while. The women were arrested at their home near Vero Beach. The arrests resulted from a nearly month-long investigation that began with a Facebook video. Allegedly, the two women had posted a video on a private Facebook page of themselves encouraging their two dogs… […]

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How Are the New Animal Cruelty Laws Affecting You?

How Are the New Animal Cruelty Laws Affecting You?

The new tethering laws for animals have a lot of surprised people being visited by Animal Care and Control serving warnings. The new law prohibits people from leaving pets outside tied up without supervision. Neighbors are calling in at a much higher rate to report people who tie up their animals. The only problem is, many animals are not being mistreated but the owners are still receiving visits and warnings from Animal Care and Control. Not Animal Cruelty A Palm Beach County dog owner and her family received a surprising visit from Animal Care and Control. A concerned citizen had called to complain that Lisa Brown and her family had tied up their dog Sassy outside. “She’s good, she’s perfectly taken care of, she’s spoiled, and we love her to… […]

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Animal Cruelty and Abuse Charges in Florida

Animal Cruelty and Abuse Charges in Florida

Criminal charges of Animal Cruelty, in the State of Florida, can be brought as Misdemeanor or Felony crimes. There can also be local civil penalties associated with animal neglect or animal cruelty infractions. Law Enforcement Officers, like the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and other local municipality Police Officers, are responsibility for investigation all criminal animal cruelty cases in the State of Florida. On the other hand, local Animal Care and Control Offices, like Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, are responsible for investigating all ordinance infractions of the local county government. If the facts show that the actions of the animal owner fall into section 828.12 of the Florida Criminal Statutes, which in a nutshell hold that: A person who deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or kills… […]

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Animal Cruelty Offense and Laws

Animal Cruelty Offense and Laws

Animal cruelty, sometimes called animal abuse or neglect, involves human infliction of suffering or harm to an animal. Animal cruelty laws define activities which are deemed illegal and may also provide sentencing guidelines in the event that someone is convicted of animal cruelty. Animal cruelty laws are put in place to define conditions that are deemed unsafe or cruel to animals. If animals are confined in spaces smaller than those outlined in the law, their keepers will be subject to penalties. Other animal cruelty laws can cover things like working conditions for working animals, such as carriage horses and racing greyhounds. Animal cruelty laws tend to provide more aggressive protections for pets and companion animals such as horses, cats, and dogs, in contrast with animals raised for food like cows,… […]

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Animal Cruelty Charges in Florida

Animal Cruelty Charges in Florida

Animal cruelty crimes can either be a misdemeanor or a felony. The State Attorney of each distinct county, throughout Florida, is responsible for what charges are lodged against an individual. The Law Enforcement Official, who investigates many, if not all animal cruelty cases in Florida, is Animal Care and Control. Throughout the State of Florida, Animal Care and Control offices are set up and funded primarily by tax dollars and other fees assessed to the people of Florida. The director of each Animal Care and Control district is approved, after open application process and review by the County Commissioners in the distinct County. The difference between being charged with a misdemeanor or felony in an animal cruelty case depends a lot on what the sediments of the community are regarding… […]

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Animal Cruelty Laws and Animal Cruelty Charges

Man faces charges after his 2 dogs die, left in hot car An Avon Park man is in jail today after Port St. Lucie police say he left his two dogs in his car without the engine running, causing them to die from heat exhaustion. Carl A. Castilow, a student at Keiser Golf College at 1860 Southwest Fountainview Blvd., parked his car in the college parking lot Thursday around 11:50 a.m. Castilow, 52, left his two dogs in the car and walked into the college. While three of the car windows were left partially open, the car’s engine was not running. Port St. Lucie Animal Control took Stole to Kelly’s Animal Hospital at 150 Northwest Central Park Plaza where the veterinarian held the dog overnight. Stole, who was in critical… […]

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Florida Animal Law Keeping Exotic Animals As Pets

Florida Animal Law Keeping Exotic Animals As Pets

WEST PALM BEACH — A tearful Steven Sipek, better known as “Tarzan,” acknowledged Friday that it is unlikely he will ever again be allowed to live with his beloved big cats after admitting he violated state wildlife laws by keeping two tigers and a black leopard in his Loxahatchee home. “I’ve taken care of animals all my life and now I’ve lost them,” the 71-year-old red-eyed giant of a man said outside a Palm Beach County courtroom after accepting a plea deal. “They have something against me. I don’t know what. I’ve done nothing wrong.” Source Florida State Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. §68A-6.002 – Categories of Captive Wildlife. (1) The commission hereby establishes the following categories of wildlife: (a) Class 1: Chimpanzees… […]

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Animal Neglect and Abandonment Are Too Common in South Florida

Animal Neglect and Abandonment Are Too Common in South Florida

Two starving horses languishing in a barn have been rescued by a good Samaritan and a newly formed equine rescue group. “They’ve been eating hay ever since they got here,” Victor Cutino said of Dreamer and Haven, both Thoroughbreds and one-time racehorses. With the economy still faltering, horse neglect cases remain far too common across South Florida, equine experts say. Epona’s Path, a rescue ranch in central Palm Beach County founded in 2009, has been doing similar work, taking in dozens of unwanted horses left to fend for themselves. “It’s gotten so much worse since the economy has tanked,” said Jeanette Jordan, president and executive director of the South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue. “People end up not being able to feed their horses. It’s really very tragic.” Starving a horse… […]

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Animal Hoarding – More Than Animal Cruelty

LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA — “Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officers removed at least 140 cats — most of them sick and some deceased — from a woman’s home on Wednesday morning, 12/19/12 – in what investigators are calling one of the largest cases of animal hoarding the county has recently seen.” “Officials armed with a warrant began searching Diane Carle’s home at around 8:30 a.m. Wearing protective garb and respirators, rescue crews found cats covered in filth, urine and feces. They placed the cats that were still alive in crates and took them to a shelter. Carle voluntarily surrendered the cats to investigators and will likely face charges.” Animal hoarding is a deviant behavior that involves keeping an “abnormally high” number of animals as pets without having the… […]

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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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