Each state has specific laws related to animal cruelty, and they vary widely. In the state of Florida, animal cruelty can fit several different crime definitions, and there are various charges that defendants may face. These charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony, depending on the extent of animal cruelty that took place.
Each animal cruelty charge in Florida carries a different sentence, and the penalties depend on the nature of the cruelty and how the state views the offense. If you are facing animal cruelty charges in Florida, contact a Naples criminal lawyer at The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A.
We are specialist criminal lawyers, and we can assess your charges and the case against you to advise you on how to proceed. If necessary, we can even develop a comprehensive defense strategy to apply in court, and we will help you through the entire legal process. Call us today at 866-949-0888 to schedule an appointment.
Here are the main animal cruelty charges related to neglect and fighting in the state of Florida:
In Florida, animal neglect occurs when the animal’s owner unlawfully deprives it of the necessities it needs to survive, such as water, food and adequate shelter. According to Florida Statutes, animal owners must also give their pets sufficient exercise and fresh air if they live in confinement.
Animal neglect penalties vary according to the circumstances, but they can attract a one-year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine. According to the statutes, officials can also remove the neglected animal from the premises for treatment and care at the owner’s expense.
- Animal Fighting
According to the Humane Society of the United States, animal fighting is common throughout the state, and law enforcement officials view it as a serious offense. Florida state law prohibits anyone from being involved in animal fighting at any level, including those who transport, bait, breed, sell and own both wild and domestic animals for the purpose of fighting. The most common types of animal fighting in Florida involve either cocks or dogs, but the law is not limited to these two variations.
Aside from direct participation in the breeding and fighting of these animals, it is also illegal for anyone to bet on a fight or knowingly and willingly attend one. Involvement in animal fighting in Florida is a third-degree felony, and a judge may sentence you to up to five years in prison if he or she finds you guilty.
If you are facing animal cruelty charges in Florida, including those for animal fighting or neglect, call a Naples criminal attorney for advice. At The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A., we handle a wide range of criminal charges, and we can assess the case against you and work with you to help build a defense. Call us today at 866-949-0888 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss the best way to proceed.