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Can I Clear My Criminal Record? Not if You’re An Abuser

Unfortunately, thousands of animals experience abuse at the hands of the people who are supposed to protect and care for them. Fortunately, you can look for signs of abuse so you can notify the authorities when you recognize these signs.

Open wounds or emaciation quickly suggest that neglect to the point of abuse is a factor. Dogs who are less without food or water will quickly lose weight. Eyes will become dull. Fur may fall out or become matted. Similarly, any dog who is left in conditions that are dirty will look more than disheveled, with dirt and perhaps feces on their skin and fur. Collars that are too small can become embedded in an animals skin. This is a sure sign of animal abuse.

Injured animals who are forced to live in such conditions may become further injured, and infections will have no opportunity to heal when an animal is forced to live in squalor. Often times, these animals will develop fleas, mites or other conditions that a caring owner would quickly treat.

However, not all signs of abuse or neglect are physical. This is especially true with new cases of abuse or with abusers who are careful to cover up signs of abuse. The power struggle can only continue when the victim is strong enough to withstand it, and abusers know this. Psychological signs can be just as telling, however. Here are just a few to look for.

  • A dog that flinches when you reach to pet it.
  • Pets that resist going near their attackers.
  • General timidness or being easily frightened can indicate that an animal was once abused. Even after being removed from a cruel environment, animals may take months or years to grow out of these habits.
  • Animals become listless and uninterested in eating or playing.
  • Confusion or extreme sleepiness may be due to physical condition, lack of nutrition or the psychological trauma that abuse causes.

Recognizing signs of abuse helps you to become a better owner. It also helps law enforcement arrest law-breakers. Indeed, extreme cases of animal abuse are akin to attempted murder — and some animal abusers do go that far. In these cases, the perpetrators absolutely deserve to be tried and to pay the price for animal abuse. In these cases I believe they should not be allowed an expungement lawyer. Abuse is no joke, and these days it seems it’s not taken serious enough. As more states treat animal abuse as a felony, animal attackers find themselves wondering “How do I clear my criminal record?” I say, tough s*** to that question/option.

If you suspect a case of animal cruelty, you can contact your local police force or humane society. In most areas, you can do so anonymously to protect your identity from the criminal. However, people who abuse animals will have a more difficult time when it comes to protecting their good name. Such crimes often have them looking for an expungement attorney.

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Expungement Lawyer Not Allowed For Animal Cruelty Charges

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.