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Articles Posted in Animal Cruelty

While this isn’t widely reported, animal neglect and abuse is not uncommon. It’s very hard to police, though. In this case, the animal was brought to a shelter after a witness to its condition rescued it. What makes this story unique is that the defendant was an employee of…wait for it…. an animal shelter.

The owner of the shelter is going to keep paying her, saying he doesn’t want to abandon her family like she did the dog. Nice guy. Orange County prosecutors usually charge these cases as misdemeanors and try to get the defendants to clean up the house. Many of the defendants are hoarders, people who cannot get rid of things and keep a very dirty home. The filth extends to the companion animals kept in the home.

Animal cruelty is the infliction of injury or harm on an animal or the neglect of an animal. Animals are helpless creatures that often cannot fight off their attackers. If you are convicted of animal cruelty, you will likely go to jail, have to take anger management classes, pay restitution and be put on probation. Whether you live in Santa Ana, Laguna Niguel or Newport Beach, if you are charged with animal cruelty, call an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.

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On Monday, Riverside Public Utilities workers were doing a routine check of a canal near Cridge Street Olivewood Avenue when they saw two dogs lodged against a metal grate to the storm sewer. The workers noticed that the dogs had tape over their mouth and one dog had died from drowning. The other chihuahua was uninjured. The dogs had been in the canal for less than 24 hours and were beleived to be someone’s pet. Once the person who did this is caught, they will be charged with animal cruelty.

Animal cruelty is the infliction of injury or harm on an animal or the neglect of an animal. Animals are helpless creatures that often cannot fight off their attackers. If you are convicted of animal cruelty, you will likely go to jail, have to take anger management classes, pay restitution and be put on probation. Whether you live in Santa Ana, Laguna Niguel or Fullerton, if you are charged with animal cruelty, call an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.

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In Murrieta on Sunday, Ezekiah James allegedly went onto his neighbor’s patio, removed his neighbor’s pet parakeet from its cage, ripped off its head, threw the dead bird at the neighbor’s window and then smashed the window with his fist. Police were called and they arrested James for animal cruelty, vandalism and public intoxication. Apparently, James and his neighbor had been involved in some dispute which may have triggered James to react this way.

Animal cruelty
is a serious crime because it involves hurting a defenseless animal. What James allegedly did was considered active animal cruelty since it was an intentional and deliberate harm to an animal, while having malicious intent. The sentence for animal cruelty can be anywhere from a citation or fines to prison time. Whether you live in Huntington Beach, Fullerton or Aliso Viejo, if you are charged with animal cruelty, call an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.

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Last week, the La Habra Police Department was looking into a possible case of animal cruelty. Allegedly, an off-duty firefighter was at home with his girlfriend, when his girlfriend’s dog came up to him and bit him. He got so angry that he punched the dog. The dog was severely injured so the veterinarian decided to euthanize the dog. Once the investigation is complete, if there is enough evidence to prove the firefighter did this, he will be charged with animal cruelty.

Animal cruelty can be an infraction, a misdemeanor or a felony. Most of the time, this charge is accompanied by a fine. In extreme cases, there will be prison time for the offense. Here, it seemed like an accident that occurred out of anger and will likely just be a misdemeanor violation. Whether you live in Irvine, Laguna Niguel or Villa Park, if you are charged with animal cruelty, call an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you.

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An Orange County Register writer reported finding a dog locked in a car with the windows shut on a hot summer day in the city of Orange. The writer knew that the dog was very uncomfortable since he kept barking, so she called the police. She then went into the store and told the store manager to page all of the customers and tell them that there was a dog locked in a hot car. The writer later found out that the pet owner had just received a warning from the police, since the dog was not in distress. If the animal had been in distress, the pet owner would have been charged with animal cruelty under California Penal Code Section 597a.

Like kids, pets should not be left in the car whether you live in Newport Beach, Anaheim or Garden Grove. We forget that dogs and cats have a thick fur coat that keeps them very warm at all times. With a closed car and 90 degree heat, animals are very uncomfortable and can become extremely ill or even die. Even if you are running a quick errand, take your pet out of the car or leave it at home. If you do accidentally leave your pet in the car and get charged with animal cruelty, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you.

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