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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 Law Conference Next Tuesday

Animal law is evolving rapidly and the changes can be seen throughout the nation. The laws in South Florida changed to make the laws that protect animals much stricter, specifically the tethering laws. These new laws have seen a spike in animal cruelty arrests in the area, and the laws are only continuing to change. Animal Law Conference A live audio conference will be held on November 15 at 1:00 pm ET for a full hour and 30 minutes discussing the field of animal law. The conference is hosted by Lorman Educations Services and will discuss issues like litigation, legislation, and corporate/transactional work. It is important to understand how much animal law is changing and developing throughout the country and this conference can serve as a comprehensive introduction to the… […]

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Dog Owners Responsibility, Animal Cases in Florida

Dog Owners Responsibility, Animal Cases in Florida

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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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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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Animal Cruelty Awareness in Florida

Animal Cruelty Awareness in Florida

Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed this week, the week of February 4-12 as the fourth annual “Florida Week for the Animals.” The awareness week is dedicated to promoting awareness for animals and to give recognition to the organizations throughout that fight for animal rights. There are events like pet adoption festivals, educational activities, and even a salute to working and search and rescue K-9’s. These events are put together to celebrate the animals within our community, and shine the light on people who work to prevent animal cruelty. Animal Cruelty Laws in Florida According to Florida Statute 828.12., the crime of Animal Cruelty can be charged when: A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, is guilty of… […]

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