What to Do if You Are Accused of Animal Cruelty

Defending Yourself Against Animal Cruelty Charges

No longer taken lightly, cruel acts against animals are illegal with more serious legal punishments based on the crime and level of harm the animal endured as a result. Cruelty against animals can be understood as the act of causing harming an animal by abandoning, neglecting, or torturing an animal. Each state and even city have their own laws as to what qualifies as abandonment, neglect, and torture in terms of committing cruelty against animals as well as the serious legal charges a person can face if found guilty of the charges. That is why when being charged with cruelty against animals it is important to take immediate legal action hiring the right criminal defense attorney.

Understanding Acts of Cruelty Against Animals

Cruelty against animals is no laughing matter. It is a serious crime that can be avoided if you understand how the three main forms of cruelty are legally defined. The torture of an animal is not limited to the physical harm of an animal. The torture of an animal can be mutilating or overworking an animal whether being intentional or not. Animal torture also includes beating an animal excessively and/or killing an animal maliciously or unnecessarily. In some states poisoning of an animal, or leaving poison where an animal may eat it is also considered as torture (Starr Law, 2019). Although not as serious as torture, the abandonment and neglect of an animal are still serious forms of cruelty against animals. It is illegal in nearly all states for a pet owner to abandon their pet by leaving it in an area not providing for the animal’s basic needs (Starr Law, 2019). Neglect is the last main form of cruelty against animals, but it has a varied definition depending on the state and city a person lives in. In the majority of the states, neglect is defined as not providing for an animal’s basic needs such as food, water, and shelter. In some states failing to provide veterinary care, exercise, protection from the weather, and proper sanitary conditions are also considered forms of neglect; however, these can be difficult to prove and prosecute unless it can be proven that the pet owner acted recklessly or intentionally leading to the animal suffering or experiencing pain (Starr Law, 2019).

When accused of committing an act of cruelty against an animal it is important to know, and be prepared for, what can happen next. In most states, a local humane society has the authority to conduct investigations into reports of cruelty against animals, and when necessary to remove animals from a person’s home if claimed to be abused. It is important to know if you live in a state where the local humane society has authority in order for you to be prepared for the chance that your pet will be removed from the home. If by chance you do not live in a state where the local humane society does not have authority, then

A Few Things You Should Know If You Have Been Injured on the Job

If you have been injured while at work and you can no longer work for a certain period of time, you likely qualify for workers’ compensation. However, there are a few important things about workers’ compensation that you may not be familiar with. The following are a few of them.

You Cannot Collect Unless Your Employer Participates

Most states have laws regarding business requirements for carrying workers’ compensation insurance, but many states also have exceptions to these laws. Sometimes, for example, there will be an exception for small businesses that have a few employees, and do not meet the minimum threshold to buy workers’ compensation.

Although it is likely that your employer has workers’ compensation, it is not a sure thing, so if you are injured on the job, you should find a Tampa personal injury attorney immediately.

Sometimes Your Injury Will Be Challenged

Paying out workers’ compensation is expensive for a business. This usually comes in the form of higher premiums. For this reason, a business may dispute your claim. It may be that the business owner tells the insurance company that there was no way you were injured at work. It was likely over the weekend.

This situation happens when a worker claims to be injured on a Monday. Businesses are usually suspicious of this, and so are insurance companies. However, if you were, in fact, injured on a Monday, be prepared for skepticism. You may need to hire an attorney.

You May Be Watched

Even after your claim is granted, you may be under surveillance. If there is strong suspicion that you are lying or exaggerating your injury to collect workers’ compensation, an insurance company may go so far as to hire a private investigator to spy on your public movements.

 You may not think this will happen, but it doesn’t take much to get the wheels rolling on an investigation. Perhaps you have a fellow worker that simply doesn’t like you, so they claim that you are not really injured.

You are exaggerating your injury to get worker’s compensation. This can happen because of jealousy or envy. Your co-worker still has to go to work while you are thought of as being on a vacation. What you need to be aware of is that whether you are or are not being watched, you should never do any physical activity that is beyond the scope of your injury. Make sure you follow your doctor’s orders.…