Animal Abuse

January 23, 2023

Animal Cruelty Task Force Created in Fifth Judicial Circuit

State Attorney Bill Gladson has created an Animal Cruelty Task Force for the Fifth Judicial Circuit as well as an animal cruelty unit within the State […]
July 11, 2018

Horse Sues Former Owner for Neglect

A horse named Justice (formerly Shadow) is suing his former owner for neglect, seeking $100,000 in damages to pay for future veterinary care. The Portland, Oregon […]
November 28, 2017

“Ponce’s Law” House Bill Introduced

Representative Tom Leek has introduced HB 473, called “Ponce’s Law,” that would strengthen Florida’s animal cruelty law by allowing judges to prohibit people convicted of animal […]
September 21, 2017

Irma Evacuees who Abandoned their Pets Face Prosecution

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, over 40 dogs were rescued by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. Many of the animals had been tied […]
August 28, 2017

Early Legislation Filed to Specifically Criminalize Animal Hoarding and Require Mental Health Counse

A new bill for the 2018 Florida legislative session, one of the first, would significantly change the criminal law regarding animal hoarding in the state. The […]
August 28, 2017

Shark-Dragging Video Sparks Outrage, Investigation

A video recently surfaced on social media showing a shark (possibly a blacktip or spinner) being dragged behind a boat traveling at high speed near Tampa. […]
June 26, 2017

Desmond’s Law Goes Into Effect: Volunteer Advocates Can Represent Abused Animals in Court

In a legal experiment, under “Desmond’s Law,” abused animals in Connecticut will now have a voice in court. Judges are now authorized to appoint an approved […]
August 26, 2016

First DCA Affirms “Failure to Act” Jury Instruction

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal recently affirmed a jury instruction by which Donald Kervin was found guilty of felony cruelty for failing to prevent the […]
July 21, 2016

Canadian Supreme Court Holds that Penetration is an Essential Element of the Crime of Bestiality

Following a 38-day trial, D.L.W. was convicted of numerous sexual offenses against his two stepdaughters, one of which involved nonpenetrative sexual acts with the family dog. […]
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