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Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control’s Animal Cruelty Investigations

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control’s Animal Cruelty Investigations

As a practicing criminal defense lawyer and one who has built a reputation in animal law, I am writing this blog as a public announcement, as to behavior that I find very objectionable, regarding Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. The mission of any Animal Care and Control Facility is to assure the public that unwanted domestic animals will be properly maintained during sheltering or re-homing, that the citizens of their locale will provide proof of rabies vaccinations to protect the public as a whole from the virus and to provide the public with the daunting task of euthanasia for those who cannot afford to use a private licensed veterinarian. As a matter of fact their slogan is “protecting the health, safety and welfare of animals and residents.” But… […]

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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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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 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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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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Arrested for Violating Probation

Arrested for Violating Probation

Probation is a sentence ordered by a judge that allows a convicted person to live in society under the supervision of a probation officer, instead of serving time in jail. Probation is different from parole. Parole is the conditional release of a prison inmate after serving part or all of his or her sentence. Violating probation is a serious charge with many repercussions. Your probation may be revoked.This is an action taken against a probationer who fails to comply with the terms of the probationary grant. A Palm Beach County prosecutor can use a probation violation against someone who has been charged with a new crime. When a formal probation revocation is filed in conjunction with a new case, a prosecutor has a tremendous advantage to force a plea bargain… […]

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