Animal Abuse

Our Missouri Attorneys Defend Against Animal Cruelty Charges

Animal cruelty charges often arise from unfortunate circumstances and take on a life of their own as the accused is dragged through the criminal justice system. You may have been charged with dog cruelty, abuse or neglect after a natural disaster or personal problems left you unable to care for your pet properly. Or you may have been charged in connection with pet care giving that you were providing for dog owners. Whatever the circumstances of your criminal case involving allegations of animal abuse and neglect, you are now faced with the challenge of preventing undesirable outcomes such as:

  • Jail time
  • Fines and penalties
  • A criminal record

Don’t let runaway rumors become animal abuse charges—contact an animal abuse lawyer today.

If a disgruntled neighbor has reported you to the Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT), their actions can result in animal cruelty investigators and local law enforcement accusing you of neglect or worse. If this has happened to you or a loved one, it’s important to speak with an animal abuse attorney promptly to learn how to protect your freedom and your future.

Types of Animal Abuse Allegations We Fight Against

Operating a substandard puppy mill

A substandard puppy mill is a commercial breeding facility that fails to provide adequate care for its dogs. Allegations of poor conditions in a puppy mill include providing your puppies with insufficient food, water, and shelter, failing to provide them with necessary medical care, and keeping them in unsanitary conditions. In Missouri, operating a substandard puppy mill is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to one year in jail. (Missouri Revised Statutes § 578.008)

Animal hoarding

Animal hoarding is the accumulation of a large number of animals in an unsanitary and unsafe environment. Hoarders often have difficulty caring for their animals, and the animals may suffer from malnutrition, dehydration, disease, and injuries. In Missouri, animal hoarding is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or up to six months in jail. (Missouri Revised Statutes § 578.012)

Promotion of dog fighting

Dog fighting is an activity in which dogs are forced to fight each other. Promoting dog fighting is a felony offense in Missouri punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to five years in prison. (Missouri Revised Statutes § 578.016)

Abuse and neglect of horses or other farm animals

Abuse and neglect of horses or other farm animals is a serious offense in Missouri. This can include failing to provide them with adequate food, water, and shelter, failing to provide necessary medical care, and inflicting unnecessary pain or suffering on them. In Missouri, abuse and neglect of horses or other farm animals is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to one year in jail. (Missouri Revised Statutes § 578.028)

Contact Us If You Have Been Accused Of Animal Abandonment Or Pet Negligence

At Richard H. Sindel, Inc., our attorneys are prepared to defend you vigorously in the face of animal cruelty charges. We bring proven skill and extensive experience in criminal defense matters throughout the St. Louis area and beyond. Since 1937, our lawyers have devoted their knowledge and skill to protecting the rights of the accused.

Being charged with a violent crime such as cruelty to animals can jeopardize your future. Prosecutors may seem to mount an impossible battle against you. However, keep in mind that our law firm has achieved outstanding results on behalf of many previous clients. Entrust your case to the experienced and skilled attorneys of Richard H. Sindel, Inc. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Missouri criminal defense attorneys, call 314-721-7113 or contact us online.