Animal cruelty is the inhumane treatment of an animal whether it’s a pet or livestock. Animal abuse happens when an animal is physically harmed or neglected on purpose. Including criminal acts such as torture or poisoning.
Animal neglect, also called animal abandonment, is a type of animal cruelty. The neglect occurs when an individual doesn’t provide adequate care for the animal, or animals, in his care.
The neglected animal may be the:
Animal neglect a wide range of abuse. This includes:
Even if you did not mean to neglect your pet you can still be charged with animal neglect. Animal neglect includes the deliberate abuse of an animal or the failure to take care of the animal.
Jail time is possible. For instance, in Ohio a defendant can face a sentence of up to 90 days in jail for animal neglect. If the neglect was truly unintentional, authorities may try to help the owner correct the situation.
No. An animal attack lawsuit is a civil lawsuit based on an owner’s animal biting or attacking a plaintiff. While animal neglect is a criminal charge.
Yes. You should contact a criminal lawyer regarding an animal neglect charge. A lawyer will advise you of your rights and how to proceed with the case. The criminal lawyer may also work to reduce or eliminate the neglect charge.
Last Modified: 03-01-2016 01:29 PM PSTLaw Library Disclaimer
We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.