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Is Animal Cruelty a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

Is Animal Cruelty a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

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. All of these charges are extremely serious and can cost you prison time and expensive fines upon conviction. Animal Cruelty in Florida The three types of animal cruelty charges are animal neglect, felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty, and animal fighting. Animal Neglect – animal neglect is considered to be the unlawful deprivation of necessities like food, water, or shelter. Animals must be provided with a reasonable amount of exercise and a change of air if they are confined according to Florida law. This kind of neglect can be charged as a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum… […]

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How to Deal with Animal Cruelty Charges

How to Deal with Animal Cruelty Charges

In 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… […]

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St. Lucie County Makes Headlines for Animal Cruelty

Fort Pierce has made headlines for one of the most severe cases of animal cruelty in years. St. Lucie County animal control officers on Monday were investigating the health of over 100 animals at the Sanctuary Animal Refuge in Western St. Lucie County. Officials were called to the property after an argument erupted between Palena Dorsey, the owner of Sanctuary Animal Refuge, and Jay Apicella, executive director of the Dogs & Cats Forever shelter in Fort Pierce. When deputies arrived to mitigate the argument between Apicella and Dorsey, they immediately called animal control officials when they witnessed the conditions the animals were kept in. Apicella was able to rescue ten dogs from the property. According to an article in WPTV News, about 35 cats and nearly 160 dogs – including… […]

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How Palm Beach Pet Shop Owners could be Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

How Palm Beach Pet Shop Owners could be Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

A Lantana pet shop owner has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty. A discovery at Forever Puppies led authorities to search her apartment where they found a gruesome scene. The woman had been known to stockpile animals in her home, but authorities were hardly prepared for what they found there. The Case According to an article in WPTV News, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control workers moved through the apartment of Debora Van Oort, the owner of Forever Puppies, taking in one disturbing sight after another, until they reached the kitchen and pulled open the freezer. Throughout the search, they found five dead dogs and cats, miniature victims of neglect and cruelty, authorities said. By Monday evening, animal care and control workers had seized 26 animals including dogs,… […]

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Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew D. Stine will Fight County Ordinance on Guard Dogs

Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew D. Stine will Fight County Ordinance on Guard Dogs

Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners have voted and unanimously passed a new county ordinance on March 15, tightening laws regarding owning and caring for animals. As discussed in a previous blog post “What the New Animal Cruelty Law Changed,” the new minimum standards are causing significant problems among many pet owners. Guard dogs are a hot topic when discussing the new ordinances passed. Guard dog owners must now have a county permit and register their dogs with animal control. There is now also a mandatory minimum of a 100 square foot enclosure and 50 square feet of living space for each additional dog with a separate shelter with bedding. Dogs that have not been neutered or spayed must be housed separately and if temperatures rise above 85 degrees Fahrenheit,… […]

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Animal Cruelty – A Growing Problem In West Palm Beach

Animal cruelty covers a wide range of crimes against many different kinds of animals. Basically, there are two categories of animal cruelty – passive (neglect) or active (intentional) – and there are many examples: starvation, dehydration, confinement, inadequate shelter, hoarding, puppy mills, illegal slaughterhouses, untreated wounds and dog fighting and baiting. All kinds of animals can be harmed – dogs, cats, horses, cattle, pigs, goats – even parakeets. Why is it a growing problem in Palm Beach County? There are several reasons. The bad economy has made it difficult for people to care for their pets so they neglect or abandon them. People have always profited from dog fighting and puppy mills – and it has become more common in tough economic times. There is also a “macho” glamorization with… […]

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What To Do If You Have Been Accused of Animal Cruelty

What To Do If You Have Been Accused of Animal Cruelty

According to an article in WPTV News, another animal cruelty case has hit the front page. A neglected and abused bullmastiff mix was rescued last week in deplorable condition. Although his past had been bleak, he may have a promising future ahead of him with the help from donations and animal lovers everywhere. The bullmastiff mix, Colin, was rescued with a skin condition and puncture marks all over his body. It is believed he may have been used as a bait dog in a fighting ring – a common illegal practice in south Florida. He is undergoing medical care at Paws-2-Help and will be transferred to Big Dog Ranch Rescue in about two weeks to continue about six months of additional treatment and therapy before being available for adoption from… […]

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Who Will Care for K9 International’s Confiscated Dogs?

Who Will Care for K9 International’s Confiscated Dogs?

The owner of K9 International LLC’s guard dog company testified on Thursday, rebutting Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control’s allegations that the dogs were malnourished, tick-ridden and ill when they were taken into custody. Almost all of the 18 dogs confiscated between July and September arrived underweight, covered with ticks, and suffering from several illnesses. The owner, Augustin “Gus” Artiles, insisted that his employees take good care of the dogs, and that the dogs were “slim” because of the nature of their work. “Our dogs are always very slim,” he said. “They are constantly moving from one fence to the other because they react to motion. It’s a very high-stress job for the dogs.” On Wednesday, four county veterinarians testified about the various problems with the dogs. At least… […]

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Animal Rights Advocates Seek New Draft on Animal Cruelty Law

Animal Rights Advocates Seek New Draft on Animal Cruelty Law

Animal cruelty covers a wide range of crimes against many different kinds of animals. Basically, there are two categories of animal cruelty – passive (neglect) or active (intentional) – and there are many examples: starvation, dehydration, confinement, inadequate shelter, hoarding, puppy mills, illegal slaughterhouses, untreated wounds and dog fighting and baiting. To add to the already horrifying acts of animal cruelty, there come “crush” videos, also known as squish or trampling videos. Such videos cater to fetishists who gain sexual gratification from watching women torture and kill small animals by stepping on them. With popularity of social media and friend-sharing networks, the availability and production of crush videos are increasing dramatically, therefore causing concern for many animal rights activists. Such disturbing videos and images were found illegal until last week,… […]

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