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Some pet owners may need criminal defense attorneys

On Behalf of | Jan 11, 2018 | Firm News

Louisiana pet owners may not be aware that some instances of leaving a pet outside can result in felony charges of animal cruelty. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is campaigning to warn pet owners that it is the law to protect their pets from the extreme cold. If pet owners abide by the law, they likely could avoid the need for a criminal defense attorney.

When the National Weather Service issues a freeze advisory, it is against the law to leave pets outside for any length of time unsupervised. The Louisiana SPCA states that a good rule to follow is, if it is too cold for a human, it is too cold for the pet. It is advised that blankets and sweaters also be used as needed, and to be mindful that stray cats may climb inside of car engines in an attempt to stay warm.

The SPCA reports that it is having to work around the clock due to the number of reports they are receiving of pets left out in the cold. Numerous pets have been taken from homes, and some pet owners have been charged with a felony. Reportedly, when one pet is found outside in the cold, all pets are removed from the home. Sadly, pets cannot be returned until a pet owner’s trial date.

No matter the reason a felony is obtained, it can cause significant headaches for an individual if charged and convicted. Felonies remain on a person’s record and can affect future employment and rental applications. Criminal defense attorneys can assist anyone who has been charged with animal cruelty and negotiate to have pets returned to their homes.

Source:, “Owners who leave pets outside could face felony animal cruelty charge“, Kimberly Curth, Jan. 2, 2018