Close to half of all American households have a dog, and many of those dog owners are single, so what happens to a person’s dog if that person is arrested? As it turns out, that question can be rather complex and depends on where you live, where you were arrested and more. It’s just another reminder of how important it is to contact a Del Mar criminal defense attorney as soon as you are arrested to make sure you are not only protected from a legal standpoint, but also from a personal one.
One of the most immediate concerns regarding an animal’s welfare at the time of an arrest occurs when someone is arrested with their dog while out of their home. This often happens when someone has a dog with them during a DUI arrest. In most cases, if the suspect is coherent the officers at the scene will ask him or her if he or she has a relative that can pick up the dog. If no one can be located, or if the person being arrested cannot reasonably answer questions about the dog’s welfare, they may be sent to animal control. If you are concerned that police will not consider your request to have a friend or relative pick up your dog, should you be arrested while out with the pet, you can preemptively tell your Del Mar DUI defense attorney what you would like done with your dog should the situation arise.
In other cases, the dog will be at the person’s home where police may not know it even exists. While you can always tell police or your lawyer after you are arrested that you need someone to go take care of your pet, again it may be beneficial to speak with your Del Mar criminal lawyer what to do in this situation before you are arrested. This way you can be sure that your animal will be cared for even if you are unconscious or if the arrest leaves you too preoccupied to remember your pet.
If you do not remember your pet while you are in custody, the police could accidentally let him or her out while searching your home, the animal could starve while you are away or animal control could come to take your pet to a shelter. If animal control is involved, they will generally try to get in touch with someone you know to get the pet in custody of someone that already knows it, but if you are not released in time and no one else steps forward to care for the animal, it could be put up for adoption and you could lose your furry friend forever.
Aside from your initial arrest, if you are going to court and there is a chance you will be jailed, have a plan for someone to take care of your pets, even if it means having someone take them to a shelter if you are jailed and no one else will take your pet. After all, it is better to have the animal cared for by a stranger than abandoned and forgotten about.
This is yet another reason why it is such a good idea to speak with a defense attorney in Del Mar as soon as you believe you may be suspected of a crime -rather than waiting until you are placed under arrest. By calling (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation with Peter M. Liss, you can not only protect your rights, but also ensure your pet will remain safe if you are arrested.