One of the trials on the way in San Francisco Superior Court is the trial of People vs. Abraham Taylor, an employee of a city dog care business accused of neglecting four Labrador puppies. The San Francisco District Attorney's office brought one misdemeanor animal cruelty charge for each of the four animals.
According to opening statements, the San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control paid a visit to the "Unleashed SF Doggy Daycare" business in March, 2012 after an anonymous complaint. They found the four dogs and determined that there were signs of malnourishment. Taylor insisted that the dogs were being fed consistently. Prior to the trial, Mr. Taylor entered a plea of not guilty.
Animal abuse or cruelty charges carry a particular stigma that can often be difficult to overcome even in cases where the charges are dismissed or the accused is found not guilty. If you or a loved are facing animal cruelty charges you should be aware of what the prosecutor must show in order to prove you guilty. Hiring an experienced animal abuse criminal defense attorney is essential and so is knowing the law.
According to California Penal Code section 597, animal abuse occurs when an animal is intentionally abused or intentionally neglected. A wide variety of situations are covered by this section of the code. Intentional animal abuse includes maiming, killing, or otherwise hurting the animal. Intentional animal neglect includes depraving the animal of food or water. Using an animal for a purpose the animal is not fit for may also qualify as animal abuse.
Most law enforcement agencies are not often faced with animal abuse cases and are not trained in how to properly investigate them so that the animals are protected and at the same time the rights of the person investigated are preserved.
If you or a loved one are facing animal neglect, animal abuse or animal cruelty charges, contact our Bay Area criminal defense offices today for a consultation. We are professional, knowledgeable and experienced in these types of cases.