Like all forms of hoarding, animal hoarding is a mental disorder, only while hoarding old news papers only puts the people living in a home in danger, animal hoarding causes suffering to each and every animal involved. That’s why animal hoarders often face criminal charges after the pets are removed from their homes. If you or a loved one has been accused of animal hoarding, a Vista defense attorney can be critical in fighting the charges.
The saddest thing about animal hoarding is that most people that participate in this behavior actually love animals. In fact, many of them believe they are rescuing strays from a life on the street and some even initially operate as a legitimate animal rescue. But caring for scores of animals is a lot of work and eventually these attempted rescuers find it’s all they can do to put the pets in cages and feed them. What once started as a rescue mission soon becomes a torture for the animals involved, who are generally malnourished, ungroomed, unexercised, left without medical treatment and forced to live in their own filth. This is why pet hoarders are so often charged with animal neglect after police and animal welfare agencies perform a rescue. Many of those accused of hoarding animals are heartbroken at seeing their pets removed from their property and make statements to the police that will later be used against them in court. That’s why even though it may be hard to remember in an emotional state, it is always important to ask to speak with a Vista criminal lawyer whenever you interact with the police.
Since most animal hoarders genuinely love the animals that have been taken away from them, these cases can be very difficult and very emotional. Fortunately, because few of these defendants actually acted with any ill will, they generally are not sentenced to prison, even when they are charged with felony-level neglect. For example, in one recent case where a couple was accused of hoarding 180 dogs and charged with ten counts of felony neglect, the defendants were given three years of probation, counseling for the mental condition that resulted in the hoarding and they were banned from owning any dogs for ten years.
It is also worth noting that while most animal hoarders fall into the habit because they love animals, some people do so in an attempt to breed animals in order to make money. These puppy mill operations are not looked at so kindly by judges, prosecutors or juries, so it is even more critical that someone accused of operating a puppy mill call a Vista animal abuse defense lawyer as soon as they learn they are under investigation.
If you have been accused of any form of animal abuse or neglect, please call Vista criminal attorney Peter M. Liss as soon as possible to discuss your case. You can schedule a free initial consultation at any time by calling (760) 643-4050.
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