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Cruelty to Animals and Child Abuse Lawyer: Pets and Kids Enjoying Life Sometimes Get Hurt in Accidents

Child-Animal-Abuse.jpgChild Abuse, Animal Abuse - Common Themes for Denver Defense Attorneys

In the summer, we see many cases of Animal Cruelty and Child Abuse related to leaving pets and children in cars. The child or cat or dog does not have to actually be injured. It is enough that the decision to leave them alone in a car or yard with the hot weather occurred. In other cases, the child or pet falls, steps on a sharp object or leaves a fenced in area.

Are You Facing Cruelty to Animals Charges in Denver?

Animal Cruelty charges in Denver, Arapahoe, and Jefferson County have a negative stigma surrounding them. In most cases, according to the punishment doled out, you would be better off hurting a child than an animal. C.R.S. 18-9-202, the definition for Cruelty to Animals, includes: when a person overdrives, overworks, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance, unnecessarily or cruelly beats, houses in a manner that results in chronic or repeated serious injury, confines or carries in or upon vehicles in a cruel or reckless manner, or otherwise mistreats or neglects any animal, that person can be charged with a crime. This is a very broad definition.  Read a prior post entitled Hot Dogs and Animal Cruelty.

Hot Dogs and Cruelty to Animals Charges

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. 

Cruelty to Animals in Colorado, C.R.S. 18-9-202

Cruelty to Animals is often overcharged by police in Denver, Adams, and Jefferson County in Colorado. According to Colorado Revised Statute 18-9-202, Animal Cruelty is charged when a person allegedly does one of the following to an animal: overdrives, overworks, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance, unnecessarily or cruelly beats, houses in a manner that results in chronic or repeated serious injury, confines or carries in or upon vehicles in a cruel or reckless manner, or mistreats or neglects any animal. The list goes on and on.

Cruelty to Animals Registration in Colorado

Denver Animal Cruelty Defense Attorney 

A Cruely to Animals Registration requirement in Colorado was defeated January 30, 2012, as Colorado lawmakers killed a proposal requiring those that are convicted of animal cruelty crimes to register in much the same way sex offenders are required to do in Denver, Jefferson, Douglas, Arapahoe and Adams County. The bill was sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jeanne Labuda, from Denver's House District 1. Apparently, she had nothing better to do.  It is the nature of legislatures to pass new laws, because it is the way they gain recognition and reelection.  Colorado already has extensive Cruelty to Animals laws.  C.R.S. 18-9-202.

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