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Animal Laws Protecting Endangered Species

Animal Laws Protecting Endangered Species

Authorities in Pinellas County announced Tuesday the surrender of the woman shown in photographs taking a joyride on a manatee, classified as an endangered species in Florida. Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 52, of St. Petersburg, turned herself in shortly after 4 p.m., Pinellas County Sheriff’s officials said. Deputies had met with Gutierrez at her home and questioned her. She admitted to riding the manatee and claimed she was new to the area and did not realize it was against the law to touch or harass manatees, investigators said. Deputies explained the law regarding manatees and the possible penalties for violating such laws and said charges would be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for prosecution. However, the nature of the crime this was not an arrestable offense because it did… […]

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Debarking Animal Cruelty Cases

Debarking is a surgery performed on dogs that removes their ability to bark loudly. The procedure, which cuts into the vocal cords while the dog is under general anesthesia, is fairly simple and rarely has complications. Yet many believe that debarking dogs is not only unnecessary but also inhumane, that it does not fix underlying problems causing the dog to bark, and that it is simply cruel to take away the ability of a dog to vocalize. The surgery used in debarking dogs is fairly straightforward. After the dog is anesthetized, a veterinary surgeon either reaches in through the mouth of the dog or makes a small incision in the larynx. Using a laser or surgical tools, the surgeon then cuts part of the vocal folds off, then closes the… […]

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Over 200 Dogs Rescued from Puppy Mill in Boca Raton

Over 200 Dogs Rescued from Puppy Mill in Boca Raton

Animal cruelty crimes are the most heartbreaking of all because the victims of the crimes are truly defenseless. Puppy mills are often the biggest animal cruelty cases that people encounter. A puppy mill, sometimes called a puppy farm, is a commercial breeding facility where the operators focus solely on profits and give no heed to the animals’ welfare. The conditions are almost always deplorable. A puppy mill was discovered and raided recently in Venice, where over 200 dogs were rescued by the Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton and are being treated. Potential Animal Cruelty Charges According to an article in WPTV News, dozens of dogs rescued last week from a puppy mill arrived at the Boca Raton Tri-County Humane Society late Saturday night and could be up for adoption… […]

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Possible Animal Cruelty and A Bomb Threat

Animal Services is an organization given the responsibility to care for animals neglected or abused by their owners. It is often heart breaking to hear stories about animal service centers that are under investigations of animal cruelty. For animal lovers, it can be jarring to hear that an organization that is dedicated to helping defenseless animals is actually causing more harm than good. One man was outraged to hear that a dog had been euthanized way too soon – violating policy – and actually made several threatening phone calls to the Hernando County Animal Services, even making a bomb threat. Animal Cruelty in Hernando County Hernando County Commissioners are calling for an investigation into a situation that amplified into a bomb threat at the Hernando County Animal Services center. Zeus,… […]

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Is Hoarding Considered Animal Cruelty?

Florida animal cruelty laws state very specifically that anyone who deprives necessary sustenance or shelter or treats any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor. So how does animal hoarding fit into this description? Charging an animal hoarder with animal cruelty can be tricky because people have the right to live the way they want. The issue is proving that the hoarder’s living conditions is a direct threat to the health or life of the animal(s) in question. Several cases have been surfacing recently after the show “Confessions: Animal Hoarding” on Animal Planet has gained the attention of the populous. Florida Animal Cruelty Laws According to Statute 828.12: A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates,… […]

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Animal Cruelty in Fort Pierce

Animal Cruelty in Fort Pierce

Animal cruelty laws in Florida are getting stricter. More and more animal sanctuary owner-operators are being charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty throughout Florida as law enforcement attempts to crack down on the crime. Animal cruelty is the deliberate harm or death of an animal cause by the intentional abuse or neglect of its owner or caregiver. Depending on the severity of the crime, animal cruelty can be charged as a felony with penalties including several years in prison. Animal Cruelty in Fort Pierce A former owner-operator of the Sanctuary Animal Refuge west of Fort Pierce is feeling the full extent of the law after being arrested Thursday and charged with 157 counts of animal cruelty.  While this number is incredibly high, anyone can understand why her sentence is… […]

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8 Dead, and 10 Starving Horses Found in Miami-Dade Dumping Ground

8 Dead, and 10 Starving Horses Found in Miami-Dade Dumping Ground

Animal cruelty is extremely sad and unfortunate, but at the same time it is very common, especially in South Florida counties like Miami-Dade county and Palm Beach County. Animal cruelty is a crime that is also difficult to detect because it is an ongoing process that often stays within the confines of the defendant’s home and unless law enforcement gets a tip from a suspicious neighbor, the animal continues to be a helpless victim and may even die. 18 horses and a severely injured dog were found in Miami-Dade County Sunday in deplorable condition and close to death. Animal Cruelty in Miami-Dade County According to an article in WPTV News, The South Florida Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals got a tip about potentially abandoned horses. When the… […]

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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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