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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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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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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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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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What the New Animal Cruelty Laws Changed

What the New Animal Cruelty Laws Changed

According to an article in WPTV News, Palm Beach County commissioners passed new legislation Tuesday rewriting the r ules and regulations regarding animals in an effort to prevent animal cruelty. The legislation mostly focuses on the purchase and care of animals. The new laws According to the article, dogs can no longer be left tied up or put in pens smaller than 80 square feet when left out doors. Pet stores must now disclose the medical histories and birthplaces of individual animals. Guard dogs now must be licensed and stored in cages of a certain size. The reaction to this new legislation passed was split pretty evenly two ways. Animal rights activists felt a sense of victory after the new laws were passed, whereas progressives and hunters and guard dog… […]

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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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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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How Animal Cruelty Charges May Shut Down Your Business

How Animal Cruelty Charges May Shut Down Your Business

According to an article on WPTV New Channel 5, a 10-month undercover investigation into allegations of animal cruelty at a North Carolina based animal testing facility, rescued nearly two-hundred dogs and multiple cats. “These dogs were living in absolute filth, being physically abused. Some of the worst cases of animal cruelty I’ve ever seen,” said Lauren Gordon, a member of In Dog We Trust Canine Rescue. Undercover video shows scenes of graphic abuse. Within days of seeing the video, Gordon’s group, and others like it, rallied together to rescue the animals. The facility closed to avoid facing possible government investigation and prosecution. “Get the animals out and get them to safety. That’s our number one goal. Knowing PETA, and the way that they do things, I can’t imagine that they’re… […]

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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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