We’ve recently seen our annual cyclical increase again this year with pets left in their owner’s cars – with the windows down, and charges of Cruelty to Animals, C.R.S. 18-9-202. Be aware that store owners and your fellow shoppers are quick to call police in Jefferson, Arapahoe and Adams County when they see a pet (or child = Child Abuse) left in the car on a hot day.
Animal Control Officers = Love “Control” with Potential Animal Abuse
Animal control officers will hyperventilate and write you a ticket for Cruelty to Animals, the most egregious crime they can cite you for. Our clients are berated by these public servants in Douglas, Denver and Larimer County who imagine the worst. Even when windows are left down half way and water is available for the dog, you will be charged with animal abuse. We’ve seen concern by government officials when dogs ride in the back of pickups, as well (bad dog – no more fun).
Hot Cars are Seen as Cruelty to Animals
Our government, mostly in cities like Aurora, Lakewood and Littleton, seeks to create a more perfect world for animals as well as people. They forget that animals are animals and that they are tough in heat. Sure, sometimes animals are forgotten in the heat, but that is no excuse to berate and charge well meaning citizens who cause no harm to their pets. Charges of Animal Cruelty can damage a person’s job prospects and housing opportunity.
Charges of Cruelty to Animals can come from leaving a dog outside without shade, when water dishes are overturned by pets, and when pets are in a hot environment. Be sensitive to your pets and their health. If you are on a jury, be sensitive to the reality that good people make minor mistakes sometimes and that is not a crime. If police contact you, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call our experienced lawyers at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.