Just as humans do, animals feel pain, loneliness, and hunger. However, they are victims without a voice and they must rely on others to speak for them. As a result, I feel that it is only fair that animal abuse should be prosecuted as a felony, not a misdemeanor. Additionally, I strongly believe that this is a crime that should never be expunged, regardless of how hard an expungement lawyer argues it should be.
Physical Signs of Animal Abuse
Generally, physical abuse is the easiest to identify and, perhaps, the most difficult for an expungement lawyer to fight for removal from a criminal record. Of course, open wounds, signs of numerous healed injuries, extreme thinness to the point of emaciation, fur infested with ticks, fleas, or other parasites, and patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes are obvious causes for concern and should be reported immediately. However, there are signs that may not immediately be recognized as abuse. Examples include collars that are tight enough to potentially become embedded in the animal’s neck, heavy eye or nose discharge that goes without treatment, and signs of extremely poor grooming, such as heavily matted fur.
Environmental Signs of Animal Abuse
It tends to be more difficult to prove environmental abuse. Therefore, if a person is convicted based on strong evidence of environmental abuse, it should result in a felony charge that cannot be expunged, regardless of what argument is presented by an expungement lawyer. It is important to know what constitutes potential abuse and should be reported immediately. Indications of environmental abuse include pets that are housed in small cages or kennels that impede their normal movements, pets kept on chains for long periods of time or in small areas without adequate food or water, pets that only have unsanitary food or water accessible, pets that are restricted to areas with excess garbage, feces, or any objects that have the potential to harm them, and pets that are left outdoors without proper shelter in inclement weather, including extreme heat, cold, rain, or snow.
How to Report Animal Abuse
Animals put their faith in humans to protect them by reporting any suspected animal abuse. It is required that any report of alleged animal abuse must be investigated. The easiest and quickest way to report possible cruelty or neglect is by calling 911. However, you can also contact your local animal control department, humane society, or animal shelter to make a report. Be aware that most jurisdictions will accept anonymous reports of animal abuse. However, successful prosecution increases when a witness testifies. As a result, you should be willing to testify in court to make certain justice is served for the abused.
Every state has laws prohibiting animal abuse, and with the exception of South Dakota, they all have the felony provisions. Now, if we can just make certain expungement lawyers are unable to get these charges expunged from a criminal’s record, we will be moving even further in the right direction. The topic is sad, and now that it’s time for a weekly video, I’m going to end it with a heartwarming happy ending.