According to the news, a man faces accusations of punching a swan. Apparently two off-duty police officers were walking through a park and stopped to watch a swan and her babies. The man allegedly walked in between the officers and the swan when it appeared the swan was trying to defend her babies. The man started to walk away. But, he then came back and punched the bird. He tried to run but was caught by the two off-duty officers and arrested. In Denver, Conejos County and every other area of Colorado, he could face charges of Cruelty to Animals, C.R.S. 18-9-202.
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Definition of Cruelty to Animals in Arapahoe County, Colorado
In Arapahoe County, Adams County and everywhere else in Colorado, one way Cruelty to Animals is charged is whenever a person:
“…knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence overdrives, overloads, overworks, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance, unnecessarily or cruelly beats, allows to be housed in a manner that results in chronic or repeated serious physical harm, carries or confines in or upon any vehicles in a cruel or reckless manner, engages in a sexual act with an animal, or causes or procures it to be done, or, having the charge or custody of any animal, fails to provide it with proper food, drink, or protection from the weather consistent with the species, breed, and type of animal involved, or abandons an animal.”
Since the man allegedly punched the swan, it would be considered tormenting or unnecessarily or cruelly beating an animal. Cruelty to Animals is a class 1 misdemeanor. This could result in up to an 18 month Arapahoe County jail sentence. Other possible consequences of this charge are a required anger management treatment program or any other appropriate treatment program. Fines are also possible.
Animal Cruelty Often Accidental in Jefferson County and Across Colorado
It's not difficult to face charges or accusations of Animal Cruelty in Jefferson County, Douglas County and everywhere else in Colorado. Men and women can face charges of Cruelty to Animals after leaving their pet outside in bad weather, forgetting to give their animal enough food or water, overworking their animal, or leaving them in a hot car.
Charged with Cruelty to Animals in Colorado? Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney
If you face charges of Cruelty to Animals in Denver, Aurora or anywhere else in Colorado, consult an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. In some cases, people may accuse you of animal cruelty (such as a friend, neighbor, or family member). They may report any suspicions of animal abuse to animal control officers. Do not give animal control officers any statements which could be used against you in court. Instead, protect your future by contacting a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
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If you or a loved one faces Animal Cruelty charges in Colorado, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent. Then, 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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