As fun as social media is, sometimes it can become a dangerous outlet to vent. In fact, for one Aurora woman, venting on Facebook led to criminal charges. Apparently, the woman posted to Facebook that she was going to keep shooting a dog she was watching with a taser and BB gun until the dog was dead. Alarmed people on Facebook then reported the message to the Aurora Police Department. When police found the dog, it was locked in a crate with no food or water. It had also been peeing in its crate, soaked in its own urine. Thankfully, there was no evidence the woman harmed the dog the way she said she would in her Facebook post. Unfortunately for her, she still faces Cruelty to Animals charges. Additionally, she gave police the probable cause they needed to charge her!
Animal Abuse / Cruelty to Animals in Arapahoe County, Colorado
There are many different circumstances where Animal Cruelty is charged in Arapahoe County and across Colorado. In this woman's case, she faces Animal Cruelty charges because she knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence failed to provide the dog with proper food and drink and abandoned the dog (C.R.S. 18-9-202(1)(a)). The woman clearly wasn't in a place where she desired or was able to care for the dog properly.
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Animal Lovers Face Denver Animal Cruelty Charges, Too
Ironically, many people who love their pets and consider themselves animal lovers face Animal Cruelty charges. In Denver and Jefferson County, people make mistakes and don't always have criminal intent. Common situations where people face Animal Cruelty charges in Colorado are:
Leaving their dog in a hot car
Leaving their pet outside in extreme weather conditions
Forgetting to give their animal food or water or not replenishing it when the dog knocks over their dish
Overworking their animal when playing with it or using it such as a horse or pack mule
People in Denver and Douglas County can also face charges of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals if they “knowingly torture, needlessly mutilate or needlessly kill an animal” (C.R.S. 18-9-202(b)).
Why You Need the Best Animal Cruelty Defense Lawyer in Denver
Animal Cruelty charges are often filed because of an accident or mistake. Making a mistake doesn't make you a criminal.
Most commonly, Animal Cruelty charges are filed because of an accident or an ignorant mistake. Making a mistake doesn't make you a criminal. After all, you may love your animal more than anything and still face Cruelty to Animals charges in Colorado. If you've been accused of Animal Cruelty, do not speak with police or Animal Control Officers who want to investigate. Instead, consult an expert criminal defense attorney right away. A criminal defense lawyer who defends Animal Cruelty charges will fight hard to get any charges dropped or your case dismissed.
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If you or a loved one is facing Animal Cruelty charges in Denver, El Paso or Pitkin County, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation
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